After preparing the Project Brief and preparing a rough sketch of the plan you have in mind (using the Vastu Plan), it is time to meet an Architect. Who is an Architect and what is the nature of his work?  

The word "architect" comes from Latin architectus, which in turn is derived from the Greek arkhitekton (arkhi, chief + tekton, builder"). An Architect is a person trained and licensed to plan, design and oversee (supervise) the construction of a house or a building.


An Architects’ primary object is to provide for the spatial and shelter needs of people by the creative organisation of materials and components into a structure which is functional, economical, practical, artistic and aesthetic while considering pragmatic elements such as cost, construction limitations and technology.


Architects are trained in many areas, from historic preservation to structural engineering. Like doctors and lawyers, Architects need to complete extensive university programs of at least 5 years and lengthy internships. In most parts of the world, Architects must pass a series of rigorous exams in order get the license to practise. In India, the initials 'B.Arch.' designate a registered or licensed Architect. <


Client's brief: An Architect receives instructions from the Client on the type, function, capacity and approximate cost of the building required.

Site inspection: He surveys and inspects the site of the proposed building and obtains an accurate site plan.

Sketch: He then prepares a sketch scheme of the floor plans, the elevations, and the perspective drawings. These schemes may have to be revised a few times before one is finally approved.

Plan approval:  from local statutory bodies and local authorities is obtained.

Contract and working drawings:  At the next stage Contract documents are drawn up including detailed drawings and specifications and estimates of costs.

Site visits:  Once the Contract is awarded to a Building Contractor, the Architect has to pay periodic visits to the building site to supervise the work in progress and issue instructions to the Site Supervisor.

Check contractor's bills: He also checks the Contractor's bills for payment. 

Evaluation:  An Architect may also be called upon to prepare land surveys, evaluate lands and buildings for insurance, mortgage or transfer purposes.

Technical advice: He may give technical advice on planning, improving or beautifying landscapes (that is the field of landscape architecture), highways, entire towns, estates, historical monuments, etc.
The role of the Architect is constantly evolving. When choosing an Architect, look for the following traits:

Rational:  He should have a rational and pragmatic approach as his work is an interdisciplinary field, drawing upon mathematics, science, art, technology, social sciences, politics and history.

Analytical: He should have an analytical and mathematical ability to help him solve design problems and handle building cost and estimations.

Imaginative:  He should be imaginative- a creative artist with an interest in designing.

Observant: He needs to be observant and aware of surrounding social and environmental factors.

Up-to-date:  He should show a keen desire to update knowledge of latest developments in structural techniques and materials,

Understanding of law and finance:  He should have good understanding of legal and financial matters.

Indoors and outdoors:  An Architect has to do outdoor as well as indoor work.

Gives clear instructions:  He should have the ability to issue clear instructions and explanations to team-mates, clients and contractors.

Perceptive:  He should have a good perception of social and psychological attitudes,

Authoritative:  He should have an authoritative personality, as he needs to give instructions to a number of people, technical and non-technical, including Architects, Contractors, Surveyors, Designers, Structural Engineers, Plumbing, Sanitary, Electrical, Acoustical and Air-Conditioning Consultants, along with Bricklayers, Masons, Carpenters, Electricians, Plumbers. 

This is the summary of an Architect and the work he does. Many people are unsure whether they really need an Architect as there are quacks who offer plans for very low prices. In the next post you can read about the special advantages that only a qualified Architect has.
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