What is an Architect?
In the most simplistic terms an Architect (notice the big ‘A’ : this is important) designs structures to be built. We design all types of structures, places like your house, place you work or the restaurant you frequent every Friday for excellent tacos and free music (to be clear we don’t design the tacos or play the music). I like to say if you could take the building, pluck it off the ground and tip it upside down we are responsible for anything that doesn’t fall out.
Think of a house as it compares to a living breathing entity. It has bones (structure); it has a circulatory system (wiring for electrical and audio visual); it has a digestive system (that would be the plumbing – what comes in MUST go out) and skin (the pretty finishes everyone sees that don’t move). Architects coordinate it all. So your home (or taco restaurant) will stand the test of time, it provides light, water, air and sound in appropriate amounts as requested and it meets your visual aesthetic.