What is Architecture?

Architecture is everywhere. Each and every building: home, school, office, hospital and supermarket were designed for their particular purpose. It is of vital importance that these buildings, and in turn the environments they form and the neighbourhoods and cities they are a part of, are designed to be the best possible buildings for their specific context, use and the people who use them.

Architecture has the ability to materially affect outcomes: it can affect the way we relate to each other, increase business productivity, support communities and neighbourhoods, improve health, and even decrease crime.

Architecture also has the power to inspire and delight – it can enhance everyday experiences.

There is no one-size-fits approach in architecture, each building project should respond to its very unique context: site, climate, social, budget and materials.

Buildings also need to be able to age well, to adapt to changing requirements and have flexibility to accommodate various uses. They also should be built sustainably, in both the materials that they use during construction, and the energy resources that they require to function.