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.