the profession of designing buildings, open areas, communities, and other artificial constructions and environments, usually with some regard to aesthetic effect. Architecture often includes design or selection of furnishings and decorations, supervision of construction work, and the examination, restoration, or remodeling of existing buildings.
The above is the definition of architecture according to the Webster's Dictionary. As you look at this definition, you may notice how undoubtedly straight forward and to the point it is. The gray area comes in when you hire an architect. The question is: Is hiring an architect vital to your project's success?
Haskell's Chief Architect, Alan Wilson, thinks so. With the capability to solve problems collaboratively in an integrated team, Alan describes the importance of the role of an architect and how integration maximizes the solutions.
Asking the Right Questions
Architects are trained in creative problem solving to produce design solutions that address a myriad of concerns and questions simultaneously.
Is the building safe for occupants?
Does it meet zoning ordinances?
Is it detailed to prevent water intrusion?
Are the selected materials easy to maintain?
While these types of questions are challenging enough to consider in a design, even more interesting and complicated questions are overlaid on them. What image is desired to be conveyed? How can the building be designed to most beneficially enhance the experience of each of its users? Is the proposed solution aesthetically appropriate in its given context?
Thriving in an Integrated Team
Architects cannot be successful working in a vacuum; they must work closely with owners and other stakeholders to derive an exceptional design solution that meets the needs and desires of a project.
Haskell project team in video collaboration room in Jacksonville office
Prescribing a Treatment Plan
Hiring an architect is a bit like going to the doctor, with the professional and client working together on a diagnosis (what do you really need?) and a treatment ‘plan’ (a design that responds to those needs). Rather than starting with ‘an answer’ or picking something ‘off the shelf’ (self-prescribing the wrong medication), a good architect will help clarify and define the needs with an owner so the resulting design properly addresses them.
The result can, and should be, better than either the owner or architect would have envisioned without working closely together.
If you would like to know more about the role of architecture in your upcoming facility, please feel free to contact Alan Wilson, Haskell's Chief Architect. For more information about architecture as a service, please visit the service page here.