What is special about Architects?
Firstly, when looking at the term ‘Architect’ it is important to know what this means.
The term Architect can only be used by professionals who have successfully completed a minimum of seven years of training and are registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Most (but not all) will also be Chartered Members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and if part of a company, often known as a ‘practice’, this may be further accredited as a Chartered Practice.
As members of each of these organisations, Architects are obliged to maintain a high level of competence across all areas of architectural responsibility. You can entrust an Architect to handle your project from early concept design and navigation of local planning policy to building safety with ever-changing building regulations compliance, all the way through to construction, ALL to safeguard you! For those designers not qualified as architects, there is no such obligation and therefore no guarantee of competence.
Architects can help by listening to you, in order to fully understand what you are trying to achieve and then developing options to meet and hopefully exceed your expectations. They can bring a high level of design consideration, skill and experience to your project, with great care, ideas demonstrated in a mix of media, drawings, 3D visuals and models are some of the ways architects can get you excited about the possibilities available to you.
In short, working with an ‘Architect’ brings you confidence that they have met and continue to meet the highest standards from start to finish of your project, enabling them to bring you the most comprehensive service that is constantly monitored and verified annually.