today's day and age where disciplines overlap and the technical
and social definitions have become somewhat blurred it's easy
to become confused as to who does what.
difference between the two is in the social perception. Very
often the individual can be both architect & building designer
convention places the architect above that of the building designer
but the truth be known a building designer is often sought to
interpret the client/developer's wishes as to the nature of
the building to be constructed.
architect can be said to be creative in a technical sense and
dislikes boundaries being set whereas the designer tends to
work within boundaries as defined by the client, easier.
is why collaboration between the architect and building designer,
on large projects, is more rewarding to the client however as
mentioned previously, one practitioner can be capable of doing
The client is often guided by the individual's historical works,
and creative proposal.
the case of a dwelling, some would say the focus of the architect
is more in the edifice, whereas that of the building designer
is more inclined to the practical use of the building, the livability
as it were.
said that, the architects input as regards to the nature of
the fittings and fixtures re specifications is a distinct advantage
particularly where quality is sought to be preserved
the end it becomes a personal preference based on objective
goals with the end result being whether you prefer hanging Gauguin
or Matisse on your walls.
casual assessment it has been noted that developers tend to
stay with a building designer, on a greater no of developments,
than with an architect.