The architect is the skilled professional who listens to you, interprets your wishes, and helps realize your building aspirations. The architect is a counselor, planner, designer, mediator, work coordinator, and business administrator. Architects add value at every stage of the project, from initial conceptual design through construction completion. Architects are charged with the life, safety and welfare of all building occupants. As your architect I will:
Translate your wishes into plans for construction ·
Design custom work and installations
Prepare drawings and specifications
Address building codes and regulations
Coordinate work with consultants
Working with an Architect
The architect is the professional who guides you through the design and construction process. Licensed by the state to practice architecture, the architect is the only professional specially trained to design the places in which people live and work and manage all aspects of potentially complex projects from design through construction.
An architect listens to you and serves as your advocate throughout your project. Your architect translates your wishes into built form, addresses compliances with state and town regulations, oversees the work of the builder, and coordinates all technical and aesthetic aspects of your project. Your architect solves space problems, manages your budget, protects your project from unreasonable extra costs and resolves disputes that may arise with your town, other consultants or your builder. Licensure of an architect is the result of a special educational process, rigorous training, and completion of a complex series of examinations. An architect usually has a minimum of five years of professional schooling and three years of experience in the workplace before becoming eligible to take the licensing exam. Only licensed architects may use the title “architect” and their project drawings should bear the architects’ seal before construction may begin.
This text was borrowed from a public service publication of the Boston Society of Architects, copyright 2004.