Why Use an Architect?
Architects undertake rigorous education and training processes in order to qualify for registration by the Board and the ability to use the title “Architect”.
Architects will usually have completed an accredited tertiary qualification of five years duration, undertaken at least 3,300 hours of supervised practical experience and passed all three parts of the nationally consistent Architectural Practice Examination.
Once registered, an architect must maintain an appropriate level of knowledge, skill and competence through continuing professional development. An architect must also hold professional indemnity insurance cover in the minimum amount of $1million, which is important in safeguarding the consumer. Furthermore, architects who act unprofessionally or incompetently can be subject to disciplinary action by the Board, providing an additional layer of protection for consumers of services provided by architects.
There is no other group of design professional that is required to attain (as well as maintain) such a high level of qualification and experience.