Architect and Building Designer
So, what’s the difference?
These two professions have similarities with the kind of work they conduct. Academically, there is a difference in qualifications between an Architect and a Building Designer.
An Architect is a licensed professional who specialises in design. They should be registered with the Australian Institute of Architects, A qualified architect has completed a recognised university degree of at least five years.
As part of the registration process, they have to be fit to practice and prove to be continuing their professional development every year.
A Building Designer (Draftsperson), specialises in documentation and delivery of the design.
To be a Building Designer in most states, you must have a recognised advanced diploma or equivalent, from an accredited tertiary institution, hold professional indemnity insurance and complete a minimum number of professional development hours per year.
In some states, like Queensland, building designers are to be formally licensed to be able to use the title.
Who to choose?
Bottom line is we all have preferences and standards. Some prefer an Architect, some prefer a registered Building Designer.
Both can provide quality services. What matters is that the practitioner of your choice can interpret, translate your design and deliver the design requirement which would meet the expected quality design from the clients.