The Australian Institute of Architects has produced excellent brochure for the general public with the very true and articulated reasoning about the existence of the myths.
Architects just want buildings to look cool
There is no doubt that architects are focused on the aesthetic appeal of buildings. However, they also give serious thought to the performance and function of the project and endeavour to integrate all of these elements to create an ideal outcome for everyone. Buildings that look good, feel good and which work well within the natural environment are in public interest and have a strong impact on our health, happiness and productivity.
Architects only work on large projects
Bigger is not necessarily better or easier. Smaller projects come with their own set of challenges and variables that may require the expertise of an experienced architect to guide the project through to fruition. Architects work on projects of all shapes, sizes, levels of complexity and for a diverse clientele and many have specific areas of speciality, such as residential or heritage buildings.
ARCHITECTS ARE EXPENSIVE
Architects are highly trained and experienced professionals who work within all budget ranges and more importantly, invest time in planning to avoid any unnecessary or surprise costs. The physical and economic value they add to a project is what really matters and far outweighs the initial outlay.
ARCHITECTS ARE THE SAME AS BUILDING DESIGNERS
Architects and building designers may appear to offer similar skills and services but the key distinction is the level of education, training and ongoing registration compliance. Architects must go down a much more vigorous path, completing an accredited 5 year degree and years of work experience before undertaking an onerous registration process in order to legally be called an architect. Building designers do not need to do this. Statutory architects registration bodies exist in all states and territories to protect and promote the safety and interests of consumers in their dealings with architects, there is no equivalent body for building designers.
ARCHITECTS LISTEN ARCHITECTS ARE BORN LISTENERS
They understand that everyone has different needs and requirements and want every project to realise its full potential according to a clients personal tastes and preferences. Architects work to a client brief that has been carefully prepared after extensive discussions and develop creative solutions to ensure that all variables are covered within the project scope. Architects help turn your vision into a reality and make it even better by discovering how you live and designing a space that perfectly complements your lifestyle.
ARCHITECTS EXPECT FULL PAYMENT UPFRONT
Like with a industries there will be 4 different payment options available depending on the scope of the project. Initiate financial discussions up front to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Architects want the overall process of bringing clients project to fruitionto be an exciting and enjoyable one, not one that is tarnished by financial worry.
ARCHITECTS HAVE BIG EGOS
If anything, this is a profession that requires any kind of ego to be left at the door. Architects need to be able to listen to their clients and communicate effectively, offer creative solutions and be able to accept criticism, negotiate contracts and resolve problems and also exercise a high degree of flexibility.
ARCHITECTS ARE ALL THE SAME
Architects may all be highly trained and educated design experts but that does not mean that they will all deliver the same blueprint. Architects draw inspiration from a wide range of architectural styles, design trends and interests and will each bring their unique blend of experience, creativity and individuality to the table. Every architect will offer something different, find the one out there who is perfect for you.
ARCHITECTS JUST DRAW PRETTY PICTURES
Drawing is only one component of what architects are trained and qualified to do. Architects can manage projects from start to finish, oversee the entire design process, assist with approvals, manage the build and help keep track of budgets. They offer technical and creative advice, analyse and assess problems and also consider the context of the project and the contribution it will make not just to the clients lifestyle but also to their community and society.
ARCHITECTS ONLY WEAR BLACK
It is hard to believe but some architects are outrageous enough to incorporate colour into their wardrobes from time to time.