Why an architect?

The goals of architecture are to add value and amenity to your property1.

People often feel that architects are expensive without really knowing what they do.

Excellence, innovation, originality and sustainable design are some of the attributes an architect can bring to your project. However, an architect is more than a designer. An architect can manage the entire design and construction process. Creative thinking and attention to detail help create better internal and external environments.

Thanks to rigorous professional education, your architect also brings a big-picture view to the logistics of your project. They know what is possible, what is feasible and what is desirable – and what isn't 2.

Differences between an architect and other designers:

Both architects and non-architects may design residential buildings, however their skills, qualifications, education and professionalism can differ.

To be an architect requires:

  • a 5 year professional University degree in architecture
  • a minimum mandatory 2 years of practical architectural experience
  • passing a 3-part Architectural Practice exam (log book, written and oral) with the State Government's legislated Board of Architects
  • compliance with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for practicing architects.

The title of "architect" is registered and legally binding, with a regulated code of practice. This professional background and process separates architects from other building designers.

Non-architects generally have less formal architectural education and in many states of Australia, can operate with no qualifications or credentials. They are not always bound by registration or licencing requirements (although a Building Design Licence is required in Qld).

An additional code of conduct also applies to architects who are members of the Australian Institute of Architects, increasing your chances of getting the right person for your project.

An architect’s professionalism, education and developed design awareness instils a sound knowledge in:

  • construction and building
  • environmental and other issues that may affect your project
  • achieving the best sustainable, efficient and comfortable performance from your building
  • creating a beautiful, peaceful and liveable home.