There may be an ebb and flow in this industry. A host of qualified skills are required to provide residential, institutional and commercial clients with the constructions and renovations commissioned. Indeed, it is not simply a matter of sitting at the draughtsman’s table and drawing neatly ruled pictures of houses and tall buildings. A considerable amount of engineering work goes into the architectural design services commissioned by the commercial client.
The architectural draughtsman needs to have an acute understanding of every large-scale building’s infrastructural requirements. The scale model that is built also needs to take this into account. From the outside, it generally looks good to the client, but once the model is broken down, piece by piece, the complex inner workings are explained. It is over to the civil engineer, working in tandem with the architect, to explain to the client how, for instance, electrical installations are to be accommodated.
Reassurances to commercial wholesalers and factory site manufacturers need to be given on how floor space is able to accommodate their processing, distributing and manufacturing processes, as well as the machinery that will be installed to it. One more reassurance still needs to be given. And that is the aesthetics or the artistry of the architectural design. It must still be good to look at. If it is commercial, the building must be a drawcard for foot traffic. Institutional clients may be more focused on the art aspect of architectural design work.
A sense of nostalgia and historical awareness needs to prevail. So perhaps it can be understood that apart from engineering and artistic skills and expertise, the architect must have a strong appreciation and knowledge of culture and history. Today, he is also expected to blend in with the environment if you will.