Architecture is the imaginative blend of art and science in the design of environments for people. People need places to live, work, eat and play. Architects transform these needs into concepts and then develop the concepts into building images that can be constructed by others. Their projects can be as small as an entrance way or as large as an entire college campus – and everything in between.
The architect serves in a leadership role, bringing together:
Multiple sources of inspiration (personal, civic),
Functionality and budgetary requirements set by the client,
Constraints of the building site,
Needs of the building’s users,
Community context of the building, and
Qualities (and limitations) of a variety of construction materials into a unique, balanced, and ultimately safe design solution.
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