General

Why Use an Architect

If it is your first time build­ing a build­ing, there is a good chance you have some mis­con­cep­tions about why you should use an archi­tect and the impor­tant role they play in the process.

It is easy to see the archi­tect as the vision­ary cre­ative per­son who is pri­mar­i­ly con­cerned with the appear­ance or aes­thet­ics of a build­ing. When you lim­it your opin­ion like this you can also mis­tak­en­ly think of an archi­tect as imprac­ti­cal and not con­cerned with the bud­get. Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth.

When you see a very attrac­tive build­ing, you usu­al­ly asso­ciate it with the tal­ents of the archi­tect. When you see an ordi­nary look­ing build­ing, you tend not to think of the archi­tect even though they play a very impor­tant role in these build­ings as well.

The true cre­ative genius of an archi­tect is to simul­ta­ne­ous­ly deliv­er aes­thet­ics, func­tion­al­i­ty, code com­pli­ance and val­ue. An archi­tect famil­iar with the lat­est build­ing mate­ri­als and con­cepts will be bet­ter posi­tioned to make your objec­tives a real­i­ty in a cost-effec­tive way.

Many Reasons to Use an Architect

Here are just some of the rea­sons why you should use an archi­tect:

Aesthetics and brand-building - An archi­tect can design a build­ing that relates to and even pro­motes one’s brand. Inno­v­a­tive exte­ri­ors have long con­tributed to brand-build­ing, and they always will. An imag­i­na­tive design deliv­ers intan­gi­ble ben­e­fits for years and years.

Regulatory demands — An archi­tect is well-posi­tioned to suc­cess­ful­ly guide a client through the labyrinth of zon­ing require­ments, build­ing codes and envi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions. With­out an architect’s guid­ance, mis­takes along the way can increase costs and add to expen­sive delays.

Impartial thinking - An archi­tect offers a client peace-of-mind by being an objec­tive, inde­pen­dent pro­fes­sion­al that can offer objec­tive input regard­ing the best build­ing mate­ri­als and design con­cepts to employ.

Asset optimization — Includ­ing an archi­tect in the process from the ear­li­est stages builds con­fi­dence that the land and the devel­op­ment you envi­sion will be used in a way that keeps costs under con­trol while max­i­miz­ing building’s val­ue.

For exam­ple, investors involved in the con­struc­tion of com­mer­cial build­ings know that attrac­tive, easy-to-main­tain designs bet­ter attract and retain ten­ants. The use of an archi­tect helps investors sep­a­rate their build­ings from those of the com­pe­ti­tion and improve occu­pan­cy rates with struc­tures that con­vey an invit­ing, pro­fes­sion­al image.

A col­lab­o­ra­tive approach that includes the client, the archi­tect and the con­trac­tor increas­es the oppor­tu­ni­ty for suc­cess.

Green yet cost-efficient — In an age of LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and oth­er impor­tant green build­ing goals, an architect’s knowl­edge is more impor­tant than ever. Clients want struc­tures that max­i­mize ener­gy sav­ings while remain­ing envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly.

Health and safety — An archi­tect knows how to deliv­er a design that pro­motes and pro­tects the health and safe­ty of a building’s occu­pants. For exam­ple, an air­tight build­ing enve­lope reg­u­lates air and mois­ture move­ment, deliv­er­ing high-qual­i­ty, fil­tered air through HVAC sys­tems while min­i­miz­ing the intru­sion of pol­lut­ed air from the out­side. Exten­sive use of fire-rat­ed mate­ri­als address­es code require­ments while enhanc­ing the safe­ty of occu­pants. Avoid­ing mois­ture build-up in walls min­i­mizes the chances of mold, mildew, rot­ting and cor­ro­sion.

Overall use of space — The effi­cient use of inte­ri­or space has long been the goal of those want­i­ng to max­i­mize the ROI of a build­ing. An architect’s skills unite com­mon­ly dis­parate goals, includ­ing dynam­ic aes­thet­ics, mod­est cap­i­tal out­lay, ener­gy sav­ings and green con­struc­tion.

Architect as Superior Problem Solver

Archi­tects have always excelled in design­ing build­ings with com­pet­ing needs like cost sav­ings, aes­thet­ics and use of space. How­ev­er, today’s more demand­ing build­ing codes and increased envi­ron­men­tal aware­ness mean that the role of the archi­tect jug­gles is even more com­plex and nec­es­sary than ever before. Inge­nious ideas borne of years of edu­ca­tion and expe­ri­ence may save a client cash while deliv­er­ing a struc­ture that is at once both func­tion­al and beau­ti­ful.

An Example of Innovation

Archi­tects are con­stant­ly look­ing for new and bet­ter ways to design and build build­ings. An exam­ple is the inno­v­a­tive Bau­tex™ Wall Sys­tem that meets the needs of today’s walls by rein­vent­ing the way walls are built.

Rather than adding more lay­ers and com­pli­cat­ing the process, the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem, sim­pli­fies the process reduc­ing both con­struc­tion time and costs while pro­vid­ing a supe­ri­or result.

Click here to learn more about the advan­tages of using this high-per­form­ing wall sys­tem in your next project.