Often confused with interior designers (although there are a few areas where they may overlap a little), the significant differences occur because the practice of architecture is concerned with the design of structures of all kinds from the ground up. Understanding the limitations of design ambitions versus what can actually be delivered is the eternal struggle of the architect.
Architects have an intimate understanding of mathematics as a design quotient and how they can physically realise angular design ambitions.
The urban environment relies on architecture to define the space, tell the world something about the area and how its residents work, live and move through those spaces. Think about world-class cities like Dubai, Panama City and New York with their bold, seemingly physics-defying constructions that somehow don’t make sense – and yet, they do.
It’s the architect’s job to understand the functional needs and the client’s aesthetic requirements, and the manager must balance this with what local regulatory and compliance legalities exist.
For thousands of years, architects have defined now cities and countries claim their space in the historical context of our humanity. From the great Gothic cathedrals in Europe to the ornate and exuberant palaces of St. Petersburg, architects are the designers equipped with the mathematical and constructive knowledge necessary to marry the visual landscape with science.
Project Management and Architects
The two are inextricably linked. The architect presents the blueprints for the project and the project manager costs, time management, cost and quality controls and ensures that worker occupancy doesn’t overshoot what is legally and morally sound. However, they are also tasked with delivering on the project’s goals within an acceptable time frame, cost and deliverable.
And here’s the truth, an architect doesn’t just roll out some fancy looking blueprints with some sketches on them. Quite the contrary is valid, and if your architect is going to be providing models and “to-scale” versions of the project they’re working on, you’ll quickly get to understand just how valuable they are.
Your architectural designer also deals with all of the legal and regulatory compliance issues in your area, and they liaise with your town councils to ensure that all building standards are being met and exceeded and if you don’t have that kind of knowledge personally, that in and of itself is a beautiful reason to take on an architect.
So, why use an Architectural firm like MSK?
MSK is a multi-disciplinary firm, which means we’re a firm that can handle commercial, industrial and residential planning, designing, printing and implementing. We employ a vast number of team members with exemplary skills in their fields, and they work together across teams to make sure that all members involved in your project are sharing skills, knowledge and vital information, which means that you don’t have to contract various providers and then try and manage the flow of communication between them.
What may seem like a relatively simple project can quickly grow into something you didn’t even anticipate. So MSK Design are there to keep “their eye on the prize” and keep the integrity of the project idea on track and in good form.
But what about cost control?
Remember, you’re dealing with teams made up of highly-skilled, trained and educated individuals, all of whom have extensive practical experience in their fields. So it may seem like contracting a firm like MSK can be an expensive pursuit – but, the value proposition of this firm encompasses all you’re going to need to bring your project into reality in a time-sensitive and honest construction.
That’s also part of the beauty of having an agency like MSK. Your dedicated team keeps tabs on what’s happening financially, and that plan is developed with your expectations and abilities in mind every step of the way.
So what about interior design, then?
You can have designers that work with your architectural team, or you can have those that work apart from your team – the former is better, much, much better. When you have a team that prides itself on its synergy and ability to find congruency and integrity in design expectations and spatial reasoning, you have a magic partnership that will make all of the difference.
You could take on these projects on your own, and if you know what you’re doing, you might even find some success, but who do you turn to when things go wrong? Our teams back up what we do; we believe in the quality of our craft and the sincerity of our services.
Nights filled with dreams or sleepless nights – that’s the difference.