Last edited 29 Dec 2020

Project architect

Some construction projects may involve two sets of architectural practices (or more than one architect from the same practice).

The ‘design architect’ (sometimes referred to as a ‘concept architect’) will have been charged with carrying out the creative design, i.e responsible for devising the architecture in terms of planning the building, its spaces and overall appearance, as well as its relationship with its environment. This will include plans, elevations, computer generated images (CGIs) and other concept drawings that may have formed part of the successful planning application.

The project architect (sometimes called a ‘job architect’) develops these broad-brush designs into a detailed design, ensuring the building is fully buildable from a technical perspective in accordance with the concept architect’s vision (and that of the client).

The project architect’s function might include:

The project architect will typically be qualified to RIBA Part 3 and must be registered with the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB). Depending on the size of the practice, the project architect may employ a team of supporting architects, in-house architectural technicians (technologists), interns, model-makers and other professionals to progress the design.

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