What they do and their qualifications
Some architects will cover domestic projects while others will be only be involved in commercial projects. Architects can provide the detail required to not only meet your building objectives, but also help cost your project accurately.
A skilled and qualified architect can:
- Create, plan and design buildings and extensions
- Conceptualise ideas, materials and styles
- Use specialised software like AutoCAD
- Provide a report including the cost of materials, labour and estimate time of construction
- Provide guidance on government regulations relating to construction, renovation and demolition
- Assist with or apply for planning permission
- Supervise or collaborate with engineers, builders and liaise with decorators and interior design specialists
- Give personality and artistic value to a building
Architecture is a regulated profession and those who are describing themselves as an architect must be registered at the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). It can take up to seven to nine years to qualify as an architect, including completion of a 5 year recognised degree, with time taken for practical experience during the third and fourth year. Only after formal course education is completed is when a person can be accredited or recognised at the RIAI.
Architectural technologists will assist architects and are responsible for the technical aspects of architectural design, regulation and compliance. Architectural technologists will qualify after three years of full-time study, plus accredited work-based training at which time they will be eligible to become a member of RIAI.
Architects can also be known as structural designers, space planners, project architects, chief architects, consulting architects and architectural designers