What do Architects do?
Architects are designers of buildings and creators of spaces. The spaces are designed for a purpose, which is referred to as function of the spaces. This may sound simple and enjoyable but can become more laborious and burdensome as the details of the design are thought through. Eventually the whole experience of designing can be a wonderful experience of joy and satisfaction as he sees the end results and the realization and actualization of his creativity. The designing also involves knowledge of technology of construction, selection of materials to create the right effect he is trying to create. He may use advantageously the effects of light, sounds, and other effects to create a space with a certain type of experience he wants the people to feel as they come into this space. The intrinsic ability to design is some times inherent but with others it can be developed with time and practice.
He is employed by a land owner who may want the Architect to design a building in his plot; the Owner may limit the design with a budget which the Architect will design with in. There may be other parameters that limits the design such as local authorities requirements, building codes , the soil conditions, neighboring vistas, views, wind directions, smells( in a sense of adversely from the neighboring drains, septic tanks).
In my opinion the Architects more often than not specialized into areas of specializations such as- Design Architects, Project Architects, Design Architect, Bungalow Architects, and Timber building Architects, Paper Architects, Shopping center specialist Architect, Interior designing Architects, Landscape Architects, and Hospital Architects , Residential Architects, Hotels Architects, Commercial Office Tower building Architects, Residential Architects, Architect Planners or Architect Arbitrators.
What does a Project Architects do?
He is the Architect that manages a team of office staff consisting of Resident Architect , Design Architect and a team of draftsman and he ensure the project is managed contractually ( contract administration. This position is normally used for projects of a large scale.
He reports to the Owners of the building ( or a Project Management Team)-on the overall progress of works and manages changes that occurs which may arise from time to time.. He also manages the consultant teams of Civil & Structural Engineers, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Urban Town Planner, the Cost consultants( Called the QS), and Landscape Architect, Interior Designers, Specialist Consultants such as –Acoustic consultants, Lighting consultants, Façade consultants and Green Sustainability, Net Zero Energy Consultants and Ecologist. The contractor reports to him on the progress regularly.
What does a Green Architect do ?
What does a Green Project Architect do?
A Green Project Architect utilized the means of Total Integrated Delivery Process in achieving a Green and Sustainability designs, It is centered in 5 core areas of Green and sustainability which are:
a) Energy Efficiency
d)Green Planning and Monitoring
The word Green does not mean Green colored building or having Green landscaping on the building. In actuality the Green Movement has forgotten the benefits of Greening the buildings. Read on the benefits.
As an off shot of the Green and sustainability movement, a new breed of Architect was created the Net Zero Energy Building Architect . Net Zero Energy Building Architect establishes the goals of Net Zero Energy consumption .
Net Zero Energy Building Architect establishes the bench marks of energy levels at the outset of the projects inception and maintains the benchmark of energy through out the project delivery at the documentation stages and completion of construction and until the maintenance stages.The actual results are monitored and maintained .The Net Zero consultants are engaged through out the job.The Project Architect will coordinate them which is not done so in the Traditional Procurement System.