A lot of people haven't even heard of the term - Building Designer. So what is the difference between an Architect, a Building Designer and a Draftsman? Let's keep it simple.
The simple answer is, not much. They all produce plans for council approval and construction. However there are 4 main areas in which they differ:
- Tertiary Education
- Services provided
- Education to be an architect usually requires a Bachelor of Architecture at University or equivalent.
- Must be registered with an Board of Architects in that state or territory.
- Provides plans and documentation from design concept through to plans for council approval and construction.
- Often up to 10 times more expensive than a Building Designer or more.
- TAFE qualification, plus a certain amount of experience in a Building Design company.
- In QLD, Building Designers must be licensed to operate, holding a 'Building Design' class license with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. This is the same authority in Queensland that licenses Builders & Licensed Contractors.
- Provides plans and documentation from design concept through to complete plans for council approval and construction. No different to what an Architect must provide for for the same approval.
- Much more cost-friendly option than an Architect for the effectively same result.
Draftsman / Draftsperson:
- No formal education required to be employed, however most have completed some form of educational training.
- Often works under under an Architect, Building Designer or Builder.
- In most cases, once a design concept has been finalised by an Architect, Building Designer or Builder, the project then passes to a draftsperson to complete the drafting of the construction plans, which is then checked and signed off on by the Architect, Building Designer or Builder.
- Draftsmen can work in many different industries, as 'drafting' basically just means the drawing of and documentation of plans for a project. Each industry has it's own draftsmen to produce plans, not just in the building industry. In the building industry, most are employed by companies that are licensed to produce construction documentation, and many often work externally as freelance 'drafties'.
So as you can see, Architects, Building Designers and Draftsmen do a lot of the same type of work as each other, but differ in a few very important key areas. Most people planning a building project will require either a Building Designer or an Architect.
So... which one is right for me?
So how do you choose between an Architect or a Building Designer? (We will try to be as impartial as possible for this next part.) The answer to that question is found in another question - How much money do you want to pour into the design and documentation part of your project?
Due to an Architect's higher fees, they generally have a lot more time available to put into the design portion of a project and still cover all their fees and still make a good profit.
A good Building Designer on the other hand, will carefully calculate how much time they foresee spending in design work, town planning documentation, building approval and construction documentation. This results in a highly accurate quoted figure with no 'surprise' invoices, resulting in a very cost-effective project with THE SAME RESULT!
We have had MANY clients come to us completely exasperated and often quite a lot poorer because they have been stung by their Architect's seemingly endless stream of invoices. This results in a LOT of wasted money, and often a LOT of frustration for you and your family. If you are at this stage, thankfully, we can help you from here. Don't waste any more of your hard-earned cash, all-the-while thinking - "We've come this far, so we really have to follow through." The good news is that it can stop right here!
Get in touch with us today to get a free quote for your project, and let us take care of you from here.
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