It’s worth working with an architect
Architect-designed buildings are generally healthier places; places that are better for you; and flexible, too, so that your building can grow and change as your needs change. Architect-designed buildings are more energy efficient, cheaper to operate and easier to maintain and adapt throughout their lifespan than traditional structures. In a world crying out for answers to issues of energy efficiency, global warming and climate change, an architect can show you how to integrate best practice sustainability features with leading edge design.
Designing and building a home, or renovating an existing one can be extraordinarily complex. Arriving at the right design, navigating the town planning process, setting a realistic budget, selecting materials, finding the right builder and managing the building contract, are just some of the tasks involved.
Each task requires specialist skills and disciplines. So make sure you increase your chances of getting it right by engaging a registered architect, who is also a member of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Work with an architect and realise your vision
Architects have the qualifications, professional training, vision and experience to manage the entire architectural design and construction process with you.
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 like surveyors and engineers, monitor the budget and administer the construction contract.
Importantly, your architect will inspect the work right through the construction period to ensure you get the quality and level of finishes you require.
Five years of university training separates architects from other, less qualified building designers. Unlike a designer, an architect will work with you on an intensive exploration of your requirements.
Find the right architect to make your mark
Working with an architect gives you the best chance of achieving your vision, and finding an architect who suits you and your project is the key to success – whether it’s building a new home or renovating an existing home.
The right architect can help you improve the appearance, functionality and sustainability of your built environment, improve the efficiency of your lifestyle and deliver time and cost efficiencies.
To find an architect go to Search for architects by the name of the architectural practice or location, postcode and building type. Browse architectural firm profiles that contain images and descriptions of projects, contact details and links to websites.
Sustainable design for today, and for future generations
The architectural profession deals with many of the critical issues in today’s society, such as exploring new boundaries when it comes to living, investigating new technologies and material, and ensuring that what we build is environmentally sustainable.
Importantly, architectural design is not only about great solutions for today, but also for future generations.
For more information visit Find an Architect.
Environmental Design Guides
EDG has a library of over 200 peer-reviewed design notes covering environmental strategies for building designers.
- designing with solar photovoltaics
- passive solar design
- water conservation
- building user perceptions and behaviours
- embodied energy and performance of materials
- designing for energy efficiency
- designing for climate change
- environmental assessment tools
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