What exactly does an architect do?

Architects are highly skilled professionals who use their talents to design, develop and plan buildings ahead of their construction. As such, they play an extremely important role in public life.

The vast majority of structures that are erected in our towns and cities, from practical office buildings to the impressive museums, town halls and galleries that we all admire, started life in the mind of an architect and were later brought to life with the help of building professionals.

What they do

The main role of an architect is to create a design that is structurally sound, functional, and in an appropriate style that can later be transformed into a real-life building, such as a tower block or library. Most architectural firms obtain jobs by bidding on projects that are being commissioned by councils and businesses. The vast majority of their work tends to be creating public buildings, although they are often called in to help homeowners with their own personal design projects.

How they work

Architects will be briefed on the basic requirements of any structure they are tasked to design. They will then work creatively to come up with a suitable proposal, taking into account such factors as the building’s surroundings and how the new structure will fit in with them. The architects must also look at the function that the space will serve and the impact on its environment, as well as the people who live nearby. They will also take into account any local planning laws and restrictions, ensuring that the structure will meet any criterion set out by the local authority.


When a design has been submitted and accepted by the client, the architect will usually stay on the job in some capacity. Often, they will be on hand to oversee the building work and ensure that their design is being actualised in the best way possible from start to finish.

Posted by Matt Hughes
May 10, 2015

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