5 Most Common Architect Fallacies

Behind every beautifully designed building is a brilliant architect or a team of architects. But, have you ever wondered if everything that we think we know about architects are true?

Read on to find out at least 5 of the most common architect fallacies.

Architects Have the Same Qualifications

As architectural firms have different expertise, so do architects. Despite graduating with the same degree, they have their own fields of expertise.

Before hiring an architect, be sure that they fit your needs. Don’t shy away from asking for their portfolio to give you a better idea of what they are really good at.

Only One Architect Worked on The Project

Another fallacy that is far from the truth. The fact of the matter is that it often takes a team of architects to produce the required outcome.

This is true particularly for large scale projects. Sure, there is a lead architect, but it always is a product of teamwork.

Creativity Is the Number One Requirement to be an Architect

Architectural design is more of a combination of geometry and computer aided design than sheer creativity.

Creativity is needed but it would be more of a creative way to solve the problem instead of an artist’s creativity.

Architects Earn High Salaries

Nothing is farthest from the truth than this fallacy. They do earn a very decent salary but not enough to let them bask in the sun doing nothing for too long.

It is quite safe to say that most architects are on the upper middle-class range. 

Hiring an Architect Can Be Expensive

A fallacy that really needs to be cleared. Architectural firms may look glamorous and snazzy, but they don’t charge their clients an exorbitant fee.

In fact, architectural firms would be more than happy to take your business, listen to your thoughts, and provide you with designs that would fit your budget. They can even provide you with some suggestions on how you can save money on your project.

After reading the fallacies in my list here at Contart 2016, doesn’t it make you wonder how true the other supposedly “well-known” facts about architects are?

Top 6 Building Architecture Designs for 2018

Year after year, architects try to challenge themselves into creating a unique design that makes the onlooker say “WOW! That’s so awesome!”

It may be the tallest building, or it may encompass several acres of land. The main concept here is to be able to create a design that would look good on paper and in reality.

Here are 6 buildings spread globally that warrants such attention.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Burj Khalifa is probably one of the most famous building architecture designs that have earned global acclaim. It proudly stands above the desert at a height of 2,717 feet.

The Burj Khalifa comprise 162 floors of offices, residences, a luxurious hotel, restaurant, and of course, an observation deck. The combination of a sleek silhouette and stunning verticality makes it quite impressive indeed.

Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay, Singapore

Contrary to its name, the Gardens by the Bay is not pure nature. The conservatories with parabolic designs are made of steel and glass.

Each design structure is meant to replicate distinct climates such as dry or humid. This provides a great background for diverse nature attractions.

Absolute World, Ontario, Canada

Right in the heart of Toronto’s largest suburb, one can find the twin high-rise residential building. Absolute World is a 50- and 56-story residential skyscraper that gives a twisted and undulating appearance to the onlooker.

Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain

Unlike other uniquely designed buildings made of steel, the Metropol Parasol’s uniqueness comes from the fact that it is a wooden structure that is nearly 500 feet long and rises about 90 feet  high. This makes the Metropol Parasol as the world’s largest wooden structure.

It has a crown structure that looks like a waffle and has a sequence of wavelike parasols which is simply stunning to gaze at.

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, Reykjavik, Iceland

A geometric gem that sits beside the harbor, the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center is truly a sight to behold.

The distinctive colored glass façade, inspired by Iceland’s basalt landscape, is its most prominent feature.

If you think that there are other building architecture designs that are noteworthy to be mentioned here at Contart 2016, send me an email. I’d love to add them to the list.

The Top Schools of Architecture Worldwide for 2018

One thing that architects have in common would be that they all finished a degree in architecture before they became good at what they do. There are a number of colleges and universities globally that offer a degree in architecture, but it would still be great to know the best institution that offers this curriculum.

If you are an aspiring architect and wish to receive formal education, here are the top schools of architecture around the world for 2018.

USA and Canada

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
Harvard University
University of British Columbia
University of Toronto

Europe

University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture
Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Manchester School of Architecture in the UK
University of Cambridge in the UK
Politecnico di Milano in Italy
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Spain

Asia

National University of Singapore
Tsinghua University in China
University of Hongkong

Australia and New Zealand

The University of Sydney in Australia
The University of Melbourne in Australia
The University of New South Wales in Australia
The University of Auckland in New Zealand
Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand
Massey University in New Zealand

Latin America

Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Africa and the Middle East

University of Cape Town in South Africa
Istanbul Technical University in Turkey
Middle East Technical University in Turkey
Cairo University in Egypt
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

The list may change though, Contart 2016 will be regularly updated for the top 2018 list whenever a new survey result is available.

Do you know of an institution that wasn’t included in my list? Send an email to let me know. I’d love to check on this for you!