Duties and Responsibilities of an Architect


An architect is a trained professional who is qualified to design conceptual ideas for buildings and structures along with providing advice for both aesthetic and technical elements on public or private landscapes. These concepts are then turned into the designs and plans that are used to guide the building process. Architects are trusted advisors who work holistically to merge diverse requests in a creative way, whilst always taking appeal, interest and health and safety into consideration. 

They are responsible for designing plans for a variety of building structures including homes, stores, churches and government buildings.

This article will give you an insight into some of the key duties and responsibilities an architect has within the role.

Customer Service

When somebody or a business want a building to be designed and built, there are many considerations that will need to be made. The architect will need to meet with the client in order to determine the vision what the client wants through a series of questions.

Consultations are vital for discussing building requirements and objective with clients, including discussing the budget. Once the budget has been determined, it will have an impact on how closely the architect will be able to carry out the client’s ideas and offer suggestions in order to keep in line with the budget.  From this, an architect will then have to prepare and present their design proposal to the client with both visual and verbal information. They will then discuss the proposal, the architect can further advise the client and eventually, an agreement will be met.

Regular meetings will be held and consistent contact between the client and the architect will be kept to ensure a strong relationship is maintained and the work can flow. The architect will ensure that the client is happy, but will always give their own suggestions of what they believe would be most beneficial/successful.

Initial proposal

As just mentioned, 0nce the architect has consulted with the client, an initial proposal will be prepared. When putting a proposal together for a client, the architect should study how the structure will impact the immediate and extended environment as well as how feasible it is to build the structure in a specific location.

The architect may participate in the site selection and produce a cost analysis as part of the initial proposal. Once the initial proposal has been prepared, the architect meets with the client to discuss and explain all aspects of the proposal.

If there are any requests for elements of the proposal to be amended or additional aspects are to be included, the architect will make the appropriate alterations and review them with the client until they are happy with the final design proposal.

Developing plans

The plans are then drawn up in detail to show what the building will look like. In addition to the plans for the exterior of the building, the architect would also create plans for aircon systems, communication systems, and landscaping.

If requested, the architect will include a list of building materials and furnishing for the interior of the structure. When the architect is drawing up the plans, they must take into consideration the building codes and regulations etc.

Organising Contractors

It is also part of the role to organise the contractors to ensure that everybody is working towards the same end goal. This means that an architect must oversee the ongoing developments throughout the process to ensure everything is running smoothly and is following a set plan towards the final completion date.

The architect is also responsible for dealing with any issues that may arise, either on-site or back with the client. They must assess the situation and appropriately deal with the issue to avoid any problems in the future.


If you are looking for an architect in Birmingham, or around the Midlands, we at Abacus Architects would be happy to offer our architect services. You can take a look at our portfolio of work here if you wish to see some visual examples of our work. Please do not hesitate to contact us, we look forward to hearing from you.

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