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Posted by  Manuel Oliveros on January 14, 2003 at 11:25:07:

In Reply to:  information needed posted by pau on January 11, 2003 at 20:30:56:

The practice of Architecture is regulated all over the developed world. Maybe there are small countries where such thing is still to come but be sure it is already coming.

As you know architects deal with the design and control of works, and with laying the urban planning according to which the buildings are to be placed. In both tasks they are facilitators of the will of others, be them individuals wanting some specific building or a council wanting the planning embrace some specified clauses. As this description implies, architects need have some practical skills, have clear understanding of the problems at hands, and manage a knowledge that provides them with solutions o(r a method to get to them) for the specific problems they deal with.

The particulars of the practice and licensing for the same vary througout the countries. In some as where I reside (Spain) an arthitect must be the signing party for dwelling buildings, this involving the structural design of the same. Architects anywhere retain some functions related to the design of mechanical services to the buildings, such heating and air conditioning, potable water and sewage, and electrical systems, and some others. Both the building construction tasks and that of the systems in it are more and more shared with other design professionals such industrial engineers caring of the named mechanical services and structural or civil engineers where the architects are not trained to such task, or the design is too demanding for their standing knowledge.

In all, there is a close dependence of what the architect does and what the commissioner wants, and so being a good salesman of own's skills plus a big dose of yeses the commissioners want to hear help to live off the practice, something many times difficult because the field is quite marred by legal, alegal and ilegal interference, where one honest architect may find truly difficult to stand.

In any case if you are to live as an architect you are expected to have quite unsurpassed artistical and technical skills, together with amazing doses of imagination and appreciation of beauty. Some of these things can't be obtained by everyone, at least no from the age one starts to study to become an architect, and I would say that even significant numbers of those even having the legal right to practice never become close to such goal. But as one of my professors said, that's what makes the good ones to shine.

Best wishes, pau.

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