Is the architect responsible for designing a house within budget?
A budget was given to the Builder and the Architect. The builder failed to work with the Architect. The Architect kept on working with the designer. New Builders are bidding on the project and the numbers are looking high. We are waiting on more bids to compare. Fluctuation in the market was taken in consideration, even more now, that the plans are finished and the builder failed to produce in addition of getting paid to do so. Our concerns are growing because we also need to consider the lost of time and changes in interest rates. Thank you for your answer.
Question answered by spam juice
An architect may make rough estimates to the overall budget, but they are not legally responsible for an accurate take-off. That is one of the reason why we bring in a builder early in the design process to perform pre-construction duties. It is an additional expense that is warranted on larger projects.
The reason why an architect is not responsible for the overall budget is due to several factors. Materials such as concrete, wood, copper and drywall are moving targets when it comes to their pricing. Beyond the material's price, the shipping fees will also need to be incorporated which depends on the project location. Disposal fees. disposal location and oil and diesel prices will also fluctuate. Finally, the biggest cost factor are owner's decisions or indecisions play a major role in impact to the budget.
EDIT: During the design process, the architect should have discussed with you a rough cost per square feet. For example, he should have talked about whether the design falls under $200/sf etc. If your budget was $150/sf and he designed something that is $400/sf then he is negligent and you have a case against him. There are some exceptions, such as owners/designers exceeding the allowance set forth on design elements not the responsibility of the architect such as crown moldings, floor base boards, video equipment, kitchen equipment, cabinets, ceiling treatments, furnishings, unforseen site conditions (hard dig) to name a few. The architect needs to explain to you why there is a breakdown of communication between him and the builder. If such break down occurs during the design stage, what happens during construction? The design to construction of any project is a process which requires complete and honest communication between the architect, builder, owner and any other consultants. The responsibility of the coordination and leading the team falls on the architect. You need to review his scope of services in his contract and see what exclusions are in the language. You also need to check if he is a architect or a residential designer. If he is a residential designer, you have no legal recourse, if he is an architect, you can report him to the local state board of technical registration.
At this point, since the plans are completed, the banks should have appraised your project and your loan in place. If not, you need to talk to another builder who have done custom homes before and understand the loan process. I would also say your architect does not seem to have much experience since he should have given you direction in the loan process as well. He may not have resources to loan officers, but he should understand the timeline where certain milestones need to be met.
You alluded to the builder "getting paid", for what? If the construction have not started, what services was provided by the builder? If you paid for preconstruction and it clearly shows he did not fulfill his obligation, then you can turn him in to the registrar of contractors. This is only a valid option when he is licensed.
Please feel free to email me if you have any additional questions or clarifications about the design/construction process.
How do architects contribute to society? Do they do a useful job?
I have been wondering this because many people think that architects don't do anything to help society. In my opinion, we travel around the world if for architecture, even if you go the beach; you want to stay at the Most beautiful Hotel. For example: Do you think that architects can transform a country like Venezuela? Best example is U.A.E. How architects changed that country. Right now, it is a more interesting country. SO, tell me your opinion.
Question answered by timelord1962
All buildings,from houses to the largest palaces,are first designed by an Architect.
They are the designers of our society.
Every building you go in,was first an idea in an Architects mind.
Architects also push the boundaries of design,style and function of a society.
Really,if it wasn't for them,we'd be living in a pretty boring world.
What are some different types of Architects and how much do they earn?
I just want a bulleted list of different types of architects, a description of what it is, and about how much they earn monthly. If you cannot find how much they earn monthly, do this:
They earn $________ yearly or weekly or w/e.
Question answered by spam juice
Snob Architect- Architect that thinks he is above all, and that their design will make the world a better place to live in. Clients are there to serve as ATM machines to fund their master creations. They think they print money.
Mini Snob Architects- Architects who aspire to be Snob Architects but do not have the talent to reach that level. They often put down design of others in order to make themselves feel better about themselves. Make around $100k+/year
Academic Architect- Close relative to the Mini Snob Architect, but their designs don't relate to real world considerations, like gravity. Many of these architects have never step foot into a working office. $60k/year depending on School
Registered Project Architects- Architects who gets dumped on by the Snob Architects and the Owners. To make themselves feel better, they dump on non-registrants and tell everyone how difficult the ARE's are. As low as $45k/year depending on their abilities
Project Managers - Staff who do not care to pursue the ARE's. Usually are the most friendly and helpful. But when challenged with an design issue, their eyes usually glaze over and look at you with a blank stare. $45k+
Foreign Architects- Architects working in the US, but hold a license from a third world country. Will often complain about the US registration process and how the codes are ridiculous as well. They earn as much as a drafter, start at $28k/year
Mercenary Architects- Usually temporary hire. Works only from 8-5 and complain nonstop why people give them a bad look when they leave at 5 during a deadline. Although they may make $60-80/hour, they don't have constant work.
CAD Architects/Job Captains- these are the architects that work only in the office and seldom see daylight. Any necessary contact with consultants will cause them to hide in the cubicle corner in a fetal position. Starts at $26k/year
Intern/recent grad Architect- Full of energy and ideas for the first couple of months. Then soon realize that they actually made more money working at a Bennigans. Make $6/hour if they are even paid.
How much do architects get paid if they work on large projects?
I was recently considering whether I wanted to be an architect but money is very important to me. Also, I would like to work on projects such as buildings in New York City. I have three questions: How much money do architects working on large buildings make? What field of architecture is this considered? What are starting salaries for these architects, and will they be hired if they come from top colleges?
Question answered by Gerrardo
$100 to 400 dollars for a small house you designed. One small house will take you around a 3 weeks to design or even more. You would also face a deadline and work overtime as working at nights. You will get like 3 or 4 houses to design for a month. It depends what kind of house. For example you designed a small house, $100-$400, one more little bigger one is $500 and another normal one is $800. If you will work hard you will get at least $2000 a month. If you will design more buildings a month you will get like $4000 to $6000 a month. It will depend how hard you will work. You can go even more depends what are you building. The college is 5 years B.Arch. +3 masters and +1 doctoring if you want. Like 9 years if you want to learn more. + 3 years internship and then you will have to take a big licensed exam and you can be called an Architect. In your internship period you will work for someone else and will only be allowed to design little bit of one project to help an Architect. You will be like regular drafter. The median salary for an Architect is 64000 a year.
Is there really a need for landscape architects and interior architects?
Also known as landscape designers and interior designers but with at minimum a bachelors degree. I ask this because an architect can design outdoor and indoor spaces as well as a building while landscape and interior architects can only manage part of a project.
Or I've heard people say in some professions that it's good to focus on one aspect of a broad career. An example is advertising, you're better at focusing on one part like animation, rather than dabbling in all parts if you want to be most successful.
What are your thoughts?
Question answered by Ant Boni
Each of these careers suffer when the economy slips.
Architects (of structures) can design the building and it's interiors and outdoor SPACES!
But a landscape architect will know the best plant materials for the site, where to place them to enhance the structure, and the required care for maintaining the health and beauty of the materials installed.
Where to find good freelance Architects in the UK with some Hotel Experience?
Looking for some English freelance Architects with a few years experience, and Hotel experience.
Very hard to find at the moment.
Question answered by Tony
not hard to find you just need know what your looking for are you talking about model your Architectural building on a computer then passing it onto a real Architect. or do you just want the model of it?
if you just want the model then you would need to give them all the details from the floor-plan or you can buy a cheap floor plan design software from amazon for about $60 and model it yourself. you can find cheaper one but they are gonna be very limited in there capabilities
Does anyone have a list of architects and designers a freshman majoring in architecture should study?
I'm going to be studying architecture and I am interested in studying architects. I've been reading magazines and history and whatnot but I'm not sure what major architects I should study up on....Any suggestions?
Question answered by molongloguy
First of all: hope you enjoy the studies.
Are you more interested in buildings or landscapes? Why I ask is that Landscape Architecture is a whole field in itself,
and the list of significant practitioners could be quite different to those focussing on/who focussed on buildings during their career. I'm not an architect by training myself, but in the heritage management/museum business, so buildings and their environs are very important, and so I've kept and keep a general interest in them.
Here a few international names to start with, then just keep looking and asking people (especially when you get to do fieldwork, work placements) as you progress through the course:
Joern Utzon (Sydney Opera House),
Renzo Piano (Tjibaou Cultural Centre - New Caledonia),
I M Pei (the glass pyramid at Louvre),
Antonio Gaudi (Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona), Louis Kahn (Salk Institute building; check out the 2004 film by his son Nathaniel Kahn ''My Father the Architect),
Julia Morgan (William Hearst's castle)
Francis Greenway: convict-turned-architect in early nineteenth-century colonial Australia
Norman Foster -the 'giant gherkin' in London, a major HSBC office tower, the new Hong Kong airport among others
Try scanning a general biographical -info site for finding more architects and designers: http://architecture.about.com/od/greatarchitects/Famous_Architects.htm
Hope that helps.
Are there architects with degrees in architecture who've also did industrial/interior design work?
I've noticed that there are people who are known as architects but have also did projects in Industrial Design (like furniture), and other design fields. If you're a licensed architect, do you necessarily need to have degrees in those design fields to do that type of work besides just architecture?
And can you do the same with a degree in Architectural Design as well?
Question answered by Sh0ck
You don't NEED a degree to be an industrial designer (people who do usually end up without jobs as its more of a hobby than a career) and when you study Architecture you study interior design as well so you're automatically qualify... so to answer your questions yes lots of architects do these sorts of things.
What are the different kinds of architects?
Aside from the architects that design houses or buildings, what are the other kinds?
Can you be an architect of a computer system? Or other non-building related things?
Question answered by sant kabir
The other non -building related architect is landscape architect.
In IT Industry the term ''architecture'' has different connotation than the brick and mortar one. And yes the engineers/technologists who work on the architecture of computer systems are referred to as Software architects.
How do landscape architects use trigonometry?
I have to do a project on landscape architects and i was wondering how they use trigonometry in their daily jobs? Please provide an example also. Thanks.
Question answered by KeplJoey
One task they need to do is chop down trees to clear space for a new feature It is necessary for landscape architect to know the height of a tree before cutting it down, so they can work out where the right place to bring it down is - they want to bring the tree down without having it fall on property. An easy way of finding the height of a tree without climbing it is to use trigonometry, and a device known as a clinometer. This site does a good job of describing the clinometer: http://www.countrysideinfo.co.uk/wet_wood_survey_2001/tresurv.htm
The clinometer tells you the angle of elevation you need to look at to see the top of the tree ... you look at the top of the tree through two sighting points, all the while squeezing the trigger. When you have it lined up correctly, release the trigger and gravity makes the arrow point straight down. You can then look at where the arrow's pointing - that gives you the angle of elevation. In the picture, you can see from the scale at the bottom, that the clinometer is pointed at an angle of around 15 degrees.
We see from the table on the site that from a distance of 8 metres away from the base of the tree, if the angle of elevation to the top of it is 54 degrees, and the eye-level of the person taking the measurement is 1.8 m, then the tree is 12.8 m tall. How did they get that figure? Well, let's replicate this calculation. A little geometry (I'd draw you a diagram but I don't have access to a scanner right now, maybe later if I get around to it) shows the height of the tree above eye-level in metres is 8tan54 (Get out your calculator!) = 11.01 m. Adding the height of the measurer's eye level results in 12.8 m. Obviously this method works best on flat land but even in hilly areas. it is usually possible to do this across the hill, so it's still done by someone standing at the same height as the base of the tree.
That's one application of trigonometry in landscape architecture. The other is measuring the height of a slope.
You want to construct buildings and parking lots on flat terrain if possible. You should know that slope is given by 'rise over run', in other words the change in height divided by the change in lateral distance. In a flat terrain this slope will be quite low, and can be expressed as slope as you see it in a y = mx + c graph you typically see almost every day in maths class as a 14/15 year old, or as an angle.
Typically, ground with slope less than 5 degrees is regarded as flat, ground with slope between 5-15 degrees is regarded as medium and steeper than 15 degrees is regarded as steep, and the use of such terrain depends on the steepness. Have a look at pages 79 and 80 of http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=mKjCPPef7jYC&pg=PA79&lpg=PA79&dq=trigonometry+landscape+architects&source=bl&ots=Tq_ln0oFDN&sig=_cvUdy6EvFM-fulmqfPgQsua1s8&hl=en&ei=lj90TeDRCcOecayM7fgC&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDAQ6AEwBDgK#v=onepage&q&f=false for more info.
EDIT: I have now drawn a diagram for the tree scenario: http://s873.photobucket.com/albums/ab299/kiwijoey/?action=view¤t=mar7.jpg
Note that trigonometry is a study of the geometry of right triangles, at the basic level it is first introduced. Well, you have a right triangle here, it's drawn in red.
Note the difficulty the measurer has in seeing where the tree top is through some of the foliage on the front side. I personally believe 8 m is too close to take the measurement, they should have done it from about 25 m away, where the angle would be flatter (about 24 degrees) and this would be less of a problem.