Our office library is shrinking. Year on year we find that more information is available on line, and that it’s quicker to access than getting up from the desk to wander around the building, it’s up-to-date, it does not have dog-eared corners and it’s where it should be - not left on somebody’s desk or by their bedside!
Information that once was only available to the select few is now freely available to anyone with a computer. For example, we used to have to buy a copy of the Building Regulations Approved Documents, but these are all now available on the excellent ‘Planning Portal’ website: www.planningportal.gov.uk.
Architects have always needed to design to take into account numerous, sometimes conflicting priorities and concerns. Whereas in the past Architect’s decisions may have seemed to have been based on some arcane occult knowledge, our reasoning can now be more easily understood. People are no longer bamboozled by technical terminology – they just look it up on the internet.
TV documentaries such as Grand Designs offer inspiration, and we increasingly find that our Clients are well informed and up-to-date on a wide range of matters…so why employ an Architect?
- Even though information is readily available, applying it is not always easy.
- Because we design buildings day in, day out, we have a good idea of what works and what does not.
We can take much of the burden of work and ‘pain’ out of your project. Making the mundane decisions for you, and helping you with those difficult decisions that still remain.