What Architects do

A registered architect will help you achieve your objectives for a project and guide you through the design and construction process. Working with an architect can add value to your business, by enhancing perception, performance and productivity.

Architects provide a service that includes far more than producing design and construction drawings – they also handle the administration of a project, oversee the construction process, ensure that you get the best value for your money, and approach the project in an imaginative and creative way, while ensuring that it is delivered on time and on budget.

Architects will examine the requirements of the project to arrive at a detailed brief that responds to the specific requirements and context, including such considerations as cultural, social, and economic circumstances, as well as physical considerations like location, landscape, climate, and materials, and work with the client towards a creative solution achieved within the identified opportunities and constraints.

The role of an architect also includes overseeing and coordinating the team of consultants, managing the programme, costs and construction process.

Architects undergo up to seven years of training, more than any other professional in the construction industry.

Only architects registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) may practice or provide architectural services directly to the public. This also includes Architectural Technologists and Draughtsperson.