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Which type of architect do you need for your project?


Modern residential architecture by lead architect of Black Sheep Design Team in Portland Oregon Walker Templeton

When embarking on a construction project, it is important for a client to know the different types of architects in order to understand the professional skills available within a practice. Having the right type of architect with professional experience and training can massively impact the success of the build.

In order to find the perfect architect fit for the design and planning of your project may feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. An architect’s knowledge and expertise is undoubtedly one of the most important factors to consider but the right architect will also be able to translate an effective design into your personal style. One of the most crucial aspects of such a project is choosing an architect who understands your vision and can bring it to life. There are four main categories of architects, each which offer something very specific and could determine the success of your project.


Residential architecture and Interior design by Black Sheep Design Team in Portland Oregon

Residential architects

A residential architect develops building ideas, concepts and designs for residential buildings, homes, condominiums and other structures where people live. Residential architects possess not only the creativity to design your dream home, but also the experience and know-how to coordinate with contractors, push plans through the permitting process, and more. The design process involves creating something that looks good and is functional and they ensure that the designs are practical and can actually be constructed. They may have to create designs that fit into a certain space, time limit or budget to meet the needs of everyone involved, from the buyer to the contractor. Architects will meet with clients to determine their needs and begin to create design proposals for the residence. Through a series of meetings with the client they will address any concerns and revise their design until the client is satisfied, producing drawings to scale using computer-aided design software and develop the blueprints needed for those involved in the construction. Architects primarily work in offices, although they will visit job sites to ensure that the building design is being followed and that the project is on schedule.


Commercial design building by architects at Black Sheep Design Team in Portland Oregon

Commercial architects

Many students of architecture will tell you that their dream is to design high-rise buildings that will define a city’s skyline or maybe create the next iconic tourist spot that will be photographed by millions of people. These types of structures are designed by commercial architects. A commercial architect is a type of architect that specialises in designing building projects such as retail shops, office towers, hotels, museums, hospitals, public buildings, government centres, and other non-residential properties. These architects are experts in designing buildings that are functional and practical for a large number of building users whilst also aspiring to be memorable or even inspirational places. Aside from having superb design skills, a commercial architect is required to have a full understanding of commercial building codes, safety regulations, and the financials involved in construction.


Residential architecture in Portland Oregon by Black Sheep Design Team

Restoration architects

The USA is home to many of the world’s most remarkable structures. But just like any other building, these historical properties are vulnerable to normal wear and tear. Restoration architects are experts that specialise in conservation consultancy and in the restoration of these protected and historic properties. They often work with listed buildings such as museums, chateaus, mansions, palaces, ecclesiastical buildings, and even residential properties that hold significant historical interest. These architects display an in-depth understanding of period architecture which aids them in effectively preserving the beauty and craftsmanship of historic buildings, while still making sure that the building inhabitants are able to enjoy functionalities expected in modern living. Conservation architects are also knowledgeable when it comes to the legislation and regulations involved when renovating or extending listed buildings.


Modern minimalist interior architecture and interior design by black sheep design team

Interior architects

Interior architects ought not to be mistaken with interior designers. While the two roles may seem to serve the same purpose, interior architects are licensed and accredited architects focused on the science, and art, of designing an interior space. As well as the décor of the space they are also concerned with the structural components of how that design will take shape. Along with their strong interior design skills, they also possess vast technical knowledge of building methods and construction. Many residential and commercial towers only offer unadorned shell spaces to occupants so this is where interior architects come in. They are not only concerned with the styling and furnishings of the property but they are also responsible for converting a blank space into a suitably habitable environment.

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