“yes, we do that.”
If I could count the number of times I’ve uttered these exact words in my career…well, even if I could count that high, I wouldn’t want to.
This post expands nicely on another post by Lee titled “I just need a drawing”. Architects are about much more than just putting lines on a page and “getting it through permitting”. There’s a “something” that we bring to the table that isn’t tangible, but it’s no less important and valuable to your project. As your architect what that “something” is that he/she brings to your project. You’ll be glad you did.
I suppose I cannot speak for anyone other than myself on this issue, but I find it extremely relevant to our profession. Last week I had two meetings with potential clients. At one point in the meeting each person said “you do that” with a look of being surprised but impressed. What they were referring to was “design” – their term not mine. In other words they didn’t realize architects can choose features other than the structure and wall placement, in other words the fixtures and finishes. Choosing finishes and fixtures (paint colors, wood finishes, lighting fixtures, countertops, flooring, furniture, accessories, etc.) is extremely important to me as it completes the overall vision for the project. I don’t approach it in a FLW-over-the-top-control-freak way, but I think it is important to carry a design theme through from the big idea to the details and finishes. This is architecture.
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