What architects do?

  • Architects, clients (care providers and developers) and building contractors were asked how they saw the role of the architect, and what they thought an architect should bring to the design of later life care settings. These include:
    • co-ordinating design information;
    • translating knowledge;
    • adding value beyond client specifications;
    • spatial thinking and problem solving;
    • challenging assumptions;
    • communicating with stakeholders;
    • designing for buildability.
  • Architectural design is complex and contingent, always involving compromise, particularly in the health and social care sector.
  • The role of the architect is changing, in relation to wider changes in the construction industry and models of procurement.
  • Drawing is central to architectural identity. Sketching and annotating plans is a way of thinking. Drawing can reflect workplace hierarchies e.g. between those who do concept design and technical drawings.
  • Architecture remains a predominately male profession, which is manifest in architectural practice through networking cultures, and long working hours. See the project report for further information. 
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“…thinking what an architect does, and what I do now, I think that probably the design, creative side is purely how all those intricate risk mediated measures convert into designs that are domestic and appealing and welcoming.”


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A day in the life of an architect © Lynne Chapman