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WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) – Architecture shapes our society and is largely influenced by economy, culture, and technology. Architects and building designers are responsible for the built environment, they are creators, and visionaries. But what really goes into Architecture and Building Design?

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Factors to consider before the design

Architects need to consider many factors before designing a building. Apart from the appearance, they must ensure that the structure is safe, functional, economical, and suits all the requirements of the people who use them.

Discussing with the client and developer

During the construction process, building designers must be involved from the first phase to the last. The architect must start with the initial process of negotiating with the client to the final stage of completion. Their roles and responsibilities need specific skills such as designing, monitoring, supervising, and conversing with clients and developers. Architects spend a lot of their time explaining their plans and ideas to clients, and workers working in the construction site. Highly qualified architects must know how to communicate and give insights in a unique and influential way.

Creating the plan

Building designers and architects discuss the aims, requirements, and cost of a project. From time to time, architects designate different predesign services. They select a location, prepare a budget, carry out feasibility and environmental effect studies, and lastly establish the needs the plan must meet. At this point, the architect creates drawings and a report that lists the client’s thoughts about the survey.

Following the building codes

When building structures, engineers comply with construction standards, building codes, fire safety standards, and other laws. These laws must be followed to protect the general public and promote safety.

Final plan

Architects then create a final construction design. The design will show how the building will appear and details of its development, and this usually occurs after conversing and agreeing on the underlying proposal. The plan will come with drawings of the building system; the cooling and heating system, ventilation systems; external cladding, electric panels; communication and plumbing systems; and possibly location and landscape designs. The plan will as well show the construction materials and sometimes the interior covers. Lately, architects are now using CAD (Computer Aided Design) to design and draft plans, unlike the conventional method where they used a paper and pencil to prepare and create a drawing. Continual revision of structural designs based on customer requirements and budget limitations is often essential.

Post-construction services

Similarly, building designers can help clients obtain development bids, pick developers, and negotiate development contracts. As the process progresses, they visit the construction site to ensure that the workers comply with the plan, adhere to the schedule, use predefined materials, and comply with the quality of work guidelines. The work will not be complete until all the development has been completed, the necessary tests done, and the development costs paid. From time to time, architects also grant post-development services, for instance, facilities management. They guide on energy efficiency measures, assess how great the structure adapts to the requirement of the residents, and make essential improvements. Architects also work hand in hand with other experts to ensure that the building is well constructed. They coordinate with the engineers, interior designers, and landscape architects, and this is to ensure that proper information is channeled out and shared among the professionals.

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