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.
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