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Why use an Architect?

A question we often get asked is why should a client use an architect? But the question really should really be what can an architect to bring to your project. The answer is in understanding what an architect does and how this brings value to you as a client through creativity and experience.

Highly skilled Professionals

The architect is one only a few professions with a protected title. The use of the title ‘architect’ is protected by law (Architects Act 1997) and so only those who have undergone the rigorous training and are fully qualified can use the term. Architects in the UK must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) to use the title. You can check the ARB’s website for registered Architects.

Architects may also be registered with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and information can be found on their website to check credentials.

Architects must abide by the Professional Code of Conduct to ensure the integrity of the profession is upheld and the general public are provided with a standard expected of all those who use the title.

Training and Education

Our training in the UK consists of two university degrees (undergraduate and post-graduate) known as RIBA Part 1 and RIBA Part 2 with a year’s placement between. This is followed by further experience in practice (at least one more year) followed by a final degree in professional practice known as RIBA Part 3. Only once all three parts have been passed can one apply to the Architects Registration Board and call themselves an Architect.

As a result of the rigorous study and experience required to become an architect, we develop a set of technical skills which enable creative and practical thinking.

What an Architect does

The length of training and shaping of those skills learned into successful projects is commensurate to why Architects bring a set of expertise to a project that adds value. At Z group we cover all stages of work from inception through to completion in what is known as ‘stages of work’. This covers the initial stages of establishing a brief or producing a feasibility study followed by developing that brief further and gaining the necessary planning permissions. We can then develop this through detailed construction design and specification and on to guiding the project on-site through contract administration and management. We can recommend the integration of technology and advising on fixtures and fittings as well as pulling the consultant team together through our previous experiences and understanding of the various statutory and regulatory processes.

But these are just some of the tasks we undertake. Where architects really add value is using our varied set of skills and tools to add value to every project we are involved with; addressing practical issues with creative thinking and expert knowledge.

  • Adding Value. Architects are able to see the project holistically and are one of the few people who see the project from inception through to completion. To start with, an Architect can provide a creative concept which responds to your brief and understands the way you want to live, work, or play entirely individual to each client. A good Architect will use their knowledge and skill to understand the functionality, explore possibilities, and bring to life your aspirations for the project. The knowledge and skills gained to make it possible to address important issues as they arrive with professionalism and imagination which is where value is really added.
  • Guiding Light. Architects are there to help guide you through the process including the often complex procedures of planning permission, building regulations, and other statutory requirements. , as well as equip so they can make informed decisions with regard to budget, external consultants, and other vital information that affects the project. We look after your well-being throughout the project as well as the brief to help you navigate the process as safely and enjoyably as possible.

How can we help?

We have an extensive portfolio of residential and commercial projects and can assist you in all aspects of your project. To get in contact with a member of the Architecture Team and add value to your project, please contact us at planning@zgrp.co.uk or call 020 8944 1180.

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