What do architects do?

Architects are professionally trained designers who can assist you with the design of small buildings, large buildings, or groups of buildings, as well as the spaces in and around them. Architects combine creativity with technical knowledge to produce integrated solutions for the built environment. Generally, architects follow a typical project strategy from start to finish:

Project Brief

The architect talks to the client about the project requirements, with reference to cost, quality, and time. This information forms the design brief.

Design (or concept)

The architect analysis the design brief, site conditions, and determines the best location and orientation for a project. Rough plans, sketches, and models are prepared to bring together concept design drawings.

Design Development, Documentation, & Building Approvals

The architect further develops the concept drawings with the design brief, and prepares technical details for the project with a team of professionals. Detailed drawings, schedules, and specifications are prepared for the builder. These documents are lodged to obtain building approval from local authorities. The method of engaging a builder is determined.


The architect works with the builder and other professionals involved to ensure the project is construction in accordance with the drawings and specification.

Post Construction

Projects generally have a warranty period known as the ‘defects liability period’. The architect follows up with any issues or outstanding work with the client and builder.