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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Who is Architect

An architect is a licensed professional who organizes space. Architects design houses, office buildings, skyscrapers, landscapes, ships, and even entire cities. The services of a licensed architect depend on the type of project.

What Do Architects Do?
Architects are trained in many areas, from historic preservation to structural engineering. This training can lead to a wide variety of careers.

Architects are fully qualified professionals.
While virtually anyone can draw up plans and call themselves a building designer, only a person registered by the Board can use the term 'Architect' (or 'Ar.' in Malaysia). But the difference is more substantial than just a name. Architects must have gained approved professional tertiary qualifications (Part I and II), have undertaken a minimum period of practical experience, and have successfully completed the oral and written examinations (Part III) before becoming eligible to apply for registration and qualifying to use the title "architect".

The Role of the Architect
A simplistic view of the role is that architects create architectures, and their responsibilities encompass all that is involved in doing so. This would include articulating the architectural vision, conceptualizing and experimenting with alternative architectural approaches, creating models and component and interface specification documents, and validating the architecture against requirements and assumptions. However, any experienced architect knows that the role involves not just these technical activities, but others that are more political and strategic in nature on the one hand, and more like those of a consultant, on the other.

These activities drive the competencies that the architect needs to be successful. We present a competency framework that helps architects assess areas for their own personal development, and managers in identifying who is a good fit for the architect role.

Famous architect.
In an article, there are 12 most famous architect who has changed the world:
1. Oscar Niemeyer (b. December 15, 1907)
2. Antoni Gaudí (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926)
3. Louis Sullivan (3 September 1856 – 14 April 1924)
4. Frank Gehry (b. 28 February 1929)
5. Ieoh Ming Pei (b. 26 April 1917)
6. Alvar Aalto (3 February 1898 – 11 May 1976)
7. Le Corbusier (6 October 1887 – 27 August 1965)
8. Santiago Calatrava (b. 28 July 1951)
9. Walter Burley Griffin (24 November 1876 – 11 February 1937)
10. Norman Foster (b. 1 June 1935)
11. Zaha Hadid (b. 31 October 1950)
12. Rem Koolhaas (b. 17 November 1944)

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