An architect is a person who has been trained to design, plan, and oversee the construction of buildings. The word architect is derived from the Greek words arkhi, meaning chief, and tekton, meaning builder.
While an architect usually does very little in the way of actual building, an important part of their job is to review the work as it is being completed to ensure that everything is going according to the plan that they created. In Canada, a prospective architect will require a post-secondary education and degree, many hours of work experience gathered through internships, and certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards before they can claim the title of architect.
In some cases, an individual without an architectural license may still be allowed to design certain types of small buildings. Without professional certification, these persons operate under the title of building desigers. The bulk of an architects job lies in the design process, where they are tasked with coming up with a functional design that meets their clients specifications and satisfies all building codes and regulations.
A typical project begins with a meeting with a client, in which the architect can question the client, figure out their expectations for the project, and collect any ideas the client has that they would like to see applied in the design. From that point, an architect will work to conceptualize and visualize the project, draw up any and all design documents that might be necessary, and then hand that design off to the build team. Once construction begins, the architect takes on a more supervisory role for that project. For more information on local Victoria BC architects & building designers, start by viewing our member offers below.