What is an architect? There are many answers, but a simple one is as follows: An architect is a licensed individual who leads a design team in the planning and design of buildings and participates in the oversight of building construction. In its broadest sense, an architect is a person who translates a user’s requirements into a built environment. Architects must frequently make professional decisions that affect the safety and well-being of the general public.
During the design process of the building, there are two main documents that are referred to: the Building Code, and the Land Use Planning Bylaws.
Briefly, the first document is the Building Code, which establishes provisions to address the following five objectives: safety, health, accessibility for persons with disabilities, fire and structural protection of buildings, and energy consumption. The second document is the Land Use Planning Bylaws. Its purpose is to provide plans to achieve orderly, economical, and beneficial development; use of land and patterns of human settlement; and to maintain and improve the quality of the physical environment within which patterns of human settlement are situated.
With this information, and clients’ needs and ideas, a design for the building is created.