Description of Operations:
Architects are responsible for the actual design of a building or project. They then prepare the plans and all construction documents. This work includes all of the detailed specifications of type and grade of construction material, and the size, space, location, and grade of land, just to name a few details. The architect of a project is often called to either be a part of the actual construction operation or to closely consult and monitor the operation, as well as to be available for clarification, advice, and updates/modifications to the original plan.
Architects often use the services of engineers, or may also be trained as engineers to confirm or develop the specifications of detailed portions of a project. Both need to be concerned with rules, codes, and regulations, as well as the physical sciences of the project under development. Architects are not limited to new buildings, but provide a multitude of other design services, which include (but are not limited to): renovation of existing buildings, highways, bridges, dams, marine facilities, and variety of health and entertainment complexes.