The AIA Answer your question: What does an Architect Do?
An architect is more than a designer. An architect can manage the entire design and construction process. A minimum of five years’ university training, mandatory practical experience and a registration exam separates architects from other less-qualified building designers.
An architect will help you set a viable and realistic budget, guide you through the town planning process, obtain competitive quotes for the work, manage consultants such as surveyors and engineers, monitor the budget and administer the construction contract. Critically, your architect will inspect the work right through the construction period to assist you to get the quality and level of finishes you expect.
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