Apollo sang and the towers of Ilium (Troy) rose from the ground – the same towers that were destroyed for Helen. Unfortunately, in the real world some hard work is required, whether one is building such wonders as the Egyptian and Mexican pyramids, the China Wall or Angkor, or the humble hutment of a poor farmer. An architect is like the skillful Dedalus, conceiving everything in his mind, and then adding brick and mortar to such conception.
An architect is a person who provides the design and plan of a structure, and is responsible for providing technical, aesthetic and building guidance and oversight. He is an interface between builder and the user of a structure. For this, the architect must be in possession of a number of qualities. He must be conversant with the user’s needs and be in a position to join them to the builder’s requirements. He must have a strong functional and technical prowess to decide upon the possibilities of design, and must be a creative person to give concrete shape to a vague idea. He must be informed of the various conventions, guidelines and policies relevant to the field and must ensure conformity with them. He must ensure that the project finds completion within the resources and time allotted. He must, above all, design with safety as a top priority. In most jurisdictions, architects have to earn degrees and acquire licenses for practicing the trade.
Today, construction of properties goes on at an unprecedented rate. On the one hand the population is rising, on the other development needs are going upwards – this requires more property development. The need for architects in this scenario (which is worldwide) is ever-present. Architects ensure efficient building designs to facilitate the most benefits, while keeping the project costs to the minimum.
In this section of the webdirectory, we provide links to many architectural resources, from magazines to news websites, from design details to agencies.