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Architects typically spend 5 years in university and then 2 to 5 years obtaining practical work experience before sitting exams to become a qualified professional. Contrary to what you might think, the most important thing that architects learn in their education is critical analysis. This is so that we can figure out what the best route is for the design of your specific project.

Understanding WHAT to build is the key to a successful project that can meet all of a client’s expectations. Only by sifting through and understanding all of a projects requirements can we be sure that the design is going in the right direction.

The techniques of HOW to construct a building are generally of secondary importance in an architect’s education as construction methods and materials are constantly evolving. While we certainly learn many basic construction techniques in school, the science of building construction is generally a more vocational education leading to a career as an Architectural Technologist.

Learning HOW to build something is usually much simpler than learning WHAT to build. An architect’s education is about figuring out WHAT is in the best interests of the client. HOW to build is an integral part and guides many decisions but is still only a part of the larger picture. Bringing together both Architects and Technologists within an architectural practice allows the analytical design skills of the Architect and the construction expertise of the Technologist to entwine and support each other in the evolution of the design.

Many people don’t understand the value added to a project using a qualified architect, thinking we just are there to make the building pretty. (Or worse, pretty expensive!) The truth is that an architect can guide you in determining quickly and efficiently exactly what best suits your design goals and present options that you may not have thought of.

We therefore specialize in analysis, in comprehending the goals, requirements and restrictions of clients, the site, time allowed, budgets and the contextual environment and using design to put it all together to create a unique 3D jigsaw puzzle we call architecture.

Good design melds careful analysis of the projects requirements with considered space planning and construction techniques that reinforce the concepts and goals of the project established by the client.