Architect or Building Designer, which should you choose?
I was recently asked when a design requires an architect or building designer and what the difference is between an architect and a building designer.
It’s fair to say that the person asking the question was expecting me to rubbish architects and extol the virtues of building designers.
It’s also fair to say that they were surprised by my response.
Spot the difference
Both architects and building designers design buildings. There are some bad architects in the market, but there are also some very ordinary building designers. Just like there are some very gifted building designers and architects and to look at their work without knowing anything else about them you would probably not be able to tell them apart.
Both building designers and architects need to be registered and both need the relevant insurances, but those things alone do not indicate that any one of these professions is superior to the other. The proof is in the design skill and as I’ve just mentioned, it’s not always easy to tell who is who if both professionals are skilled.
Architect or Building Designer – who wins?
So understanding all of that, who is better an architect or building designer?
Well I believe the answer comes down not so much to titles as it does to ability. When comparing an individual architect to an individual designer, who of the two is the more talented/experienced at designing buildings?
Yolk Building Design & Drafting is part of a bigger design group that also includes – among other professionals – some highly skilled architects. And whilst we offer exceptionally high quality building design services we understand that some projects can benefit from the input of other experts such as those gifted architects that I just mentioned.
Now that’s not to say that we believe these architects are in anyway superior in a general sense, but if we believe their skills exceed ours in a particular area we are not too proud or too stubborn to call them in. We will do whatever is best for our clients.
So how is this arrangement an advantage?
We offer drafting and building design services, lots of businesses do. But what happens if you go to another building designer and your particular project is a stretch for them? What if it’s outside their experience or skill set? Do you really think they’re going to put their hand up and say ‘Sorry we don’t think we can do this?’
Well some might but I can bet you that most won’t resulting in them doing the best they can which will almost always give you an average outcome.
But because we are part of a bigger overall design group Yolk is different. We have the flexibility to refer clients if the need arises so you can be sure we always have your best interests at heart. Also you don’t end up paying any extra than you would have if you had gone straight to one of our architects in the first place.
So as you can see the decision as to which path to go down doesn’t really need to be about building designers vs. architects as much as it is about your project itself and which building design company is really going to look after your needs. And I think we all know the answer to that question.