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[Top»] What is the RIBA and what does it do?

The Royal Institute of British Architects is the UK body for architecture and the architectural profession. They provide support for over 40,000 members worldwide in the form of training, technical services, publications and events and set standards for the education of architects, both in the UK and overseas.

They work with governments to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities.

Their strategy is to demonstrate the benefits of good architecture, promote and enhance the benefits, facilitate the delivery of good architecture and to provide high quality support services.

For further information on the RIBA and its values, use this link to access their website www.architecture.com where you can obtain plenty of advice and details of how to become a member.

[Top»] How much does it cost?

Whether you intend to construct a new dwelling or expand your existing home, it makes sense to consult a professional.

Architects fees can be based on a percentage of the total build cost, on time expended or a lump sum.  You can select all or part of an architects service from an initial design discussion or through to the end of the project.

[Top»] The Institution of Structural Engineers

The IStructE is the worlds leading professional body for structural engineering with over 23,000 members in 105 countries around the world. It is a leading source of expertise on all structural engineering and public safety issues in the built environment.  Formed in 1908, IStructE is committed to excellence in structural engineering and expects the same standards from its members. Members are qualified by rigorous exams that test professional competence in structural engineering design; as a result IStructE's members are recognised worldwide for their technical and professional expertise.

[Top»] What is the difference between an Architect and a Structural Engineer?

The difference between an Architect and a Structural Engineer is not only about knowledge but also of function.

The main purpose of an architect is to design the house itself and to see that it is built to please a certain aesthetic requirement. They are professionally focused more on exterior and interior beauty.

A structural engineer has one focus and that is protection.  They stabilise the foundations of a property and prevent injury to the building or its inhabitants in case of natural disasters. They will make sure that the foundations of the building are greatly protected against wind damage or confirm loading capabilities on a roof.

As you can see, the difference between Architects and Structural Engineers is significant and Decision Today Limited advise that professional advice should always be sought in these two very important areas.

[Top»] Why should I use an architect?

Architects can manage your project from start to finish.  In many circumstances the role of an architect can include co-ordinating all the other tradespeople, such as landscapers, interior designers and builders, leaving you time for your own life.

Architects are trained to take your instructions and ideas and help you look beyond your immediate requirements, to design homes that will adapt with the changing needs of your family or business.

They can solve problems creatively and if they are involved at the early planning stage, they gain more opportunities to understand your ideas, develop creative solutions and can save you money.

A well designed home can reduce your energy bills now and increase its long term value and with the help of an experienced architect, you can create a home that is pleasing and also very functional for everyone around you.

[Top»] When should I use an Engineer?

There are many reasons why you should use an Engineer and there are many kinds of Engineers.  The most common Engineer associated with buildings and home improvement is called a Structural Engineer, which by its description is usually required to provide calculations for steel or timber joists.  Engineers are concerned with developing economical and safe solutions to practical problems, by applying mathematics and scientific knowledge while considering technical constraints.  Iconic structures and landmark buildings leave a lasting impression, often because we are amazed that they can stand up at all.  These are no chance constructions, these buildings are expertly and very skillfully calculated by Engineers.