Qualified architects are essential to public buildings

Posted by Design & Construct on 07-Aug-2015 04:34:48

In Architecture

Seeking qualifications during the architecture recruitment process is critical to the overall success of building projects, research indicates. Construction projects that have been carried out by experienced architects are also more likely to have the backing of the general public, which may leave

some firms wondering why they would ever settle for anything short of the best.

Quality at every stage of the design process

A study carried out by Galaxy on behalf of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) determined that the public holds well-designed buildings in high regard. Almost all (97 per cent) of the survey's respondents said they believe that towns and cities are better places to live when the buildings and public spaces have been well designed.

Qualified architects have strong public support.Qualified architects have strong public support.

There was also a high level of support (93 per cent) for the expertise of qualified and experienced designers. Respondents said they believe that having a skilled architect on hand would ultimately result in fewer defects being detected in the final construction.

Of those polled by the AACA, 79 per cent revealed a belief that new buildings should implement green strategies in order to lower their emissions and carbon footprints. This can be achieved through encouraging natural lighting, while also recycling water and reducing power usage.

Green buildings need great architects

A joint survey from the Australian Property Institute and the Property Funds Association also highlighted the financial benefits of having architecture experts on hand, especially when building environmentally friendly constructions.

Sustainability has had a considerable effect on the outlook of the property sector, which creates challenges for even the most skilled architects.

The public holds well-designed buildings in high regard.

The report highlighted that green buildings are in such high demand not only because they have a lower environmental impact, but also because they make financial sense. Researchers found that office buildings with higher NABERS ratings generally experience lower vacancy rates, as well as reduced outgoings. 

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) agrees, stating that these buildings generally consume 26 per cent less energy than their standard counterparts, while generating substantially less greenhouse gas emissions. 

It's evident that people have come to expect that buildings will become greener further down the line, but it's the expertise of architects that will allow this to happen. Seeking industry-specific qualifications could ultimately be the first step towards ensuring that Australia's buildings are fit for the future.

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