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Role of architect

Role of an architect has, indeed changed with time. But, we can still find that very common connection which defines an architect from all eras, ie, they create spaces. They ultimately use the same mind to imagine and think to create designs and build spaces. But, there is a big difference in the way of representing designs and the way to check whether a design would actually work functionally and technically in the given environment.


But if we see the present scenario of architecture as it is practised in modern cities of our country, we do see that a lot is only mathematical calculations about land area value, client requirement compared to estimated budget and other rules and norms as specified by the country laws. So , the essence of building a space and imagining new ways to solve a given problem is diminished. Pragmatic approach goes in the background as we are surrounded by used models from all over the world which we just modify a bit and use it over and over again. Earlier, when man had no examples to look up to and when man felt the urge to try the unknown, then they could push the barriers and find new and innovative ideas to solve a problem.

So in the end, i would like to say that though architecture is a field where free minds should operate, but it should learn from what is already present, analyse the design, solve the existing problems and come up with a better solution so that future generations can actually look upto you for guidance. It is a changing field, guided by the changing times, but the very essence remains the same.


Role of architects in society,has there been a change in way?

Architecture has been existing since the origin of the world, and anyone who builds could be called as architects in the historical context. But there has been a drastic change in the role of architects. Earlier people used to do all kinds of works irrespective of their fields of experience. But now the scenario has changed. The term ‘SPECIALIZATION’ is given utmost importance. This has affected architecture also. Architects, now days has variety of fields to specialize in and this is the current trend.


According to Vitruvius ,a good building should satisfy the three characteristics : Durabilty, Utility, Beauty. He says that an architect should strive to fulfill each of these attributes. So the role of architect was to do justice to these attributes in their designs by focusing on all of them. At present we have architects who focuses only on sustainability, only on aesthetics etc. They neglect the other aspects and gives importance to certain things.This is the current scenario.


The architects have a specific role in society. The building designed by them is the end product of a creative manipulation of all elements like space, mass, volume, light, texture, shadow, program and materials. They also take into account construction, technology and cost. And thus, the architect achieves something, which is functional, aesthetic and most of the times artistic too. They can be the servants of their client’s instructions and the needs of the society. The opportunity to contribute something of beauty to the locality also rests with an Architect .His/her aim is to do good planning using imagination and experience, with sensible adaptation to changing styles. Thus, the relation between Architects and Society cannot be neglected. They are the part of the society and the society is benefitted by them.



Based on the changes of the profession and the emergence of new social and ethical approaches to the practice of architecture, the traditional view that architects have the right to decide what society needs, is changing.

A new role is emerging for architects is evolving which could be called an interpreter or a facilitator, one who gives the mob what they wants or the one who help them decide what they want. The intent of this role is not to solve problems but to create a process that enables people to solve their own problems. The objective of this role is to encourage considering different viewpoints and helping develop a common understanding and consciousness.

The ‘facilitator-interpreter’ role involves shifting from the architect as a problem solver to the architect as a facilitator of solving problems, who interprets and then personally responds to the value system through the understanding of socio-cultural influence.

In conclusion, the profession should take specific steps to evaluate the current status of its delivery system. There is a serious need to shift from concept where an architect is an artist and a scientist, to a more responsible position. The profession needs radical change to respond to our changing environments and the society’s needs. 

The role of architects in society, according to me, is about understanding the history, culture & tradition of the place and its people,that allows him to choreograph comfortable spaces.

The basic aim of an architect is to design spaces in which we live, and this involves the play of both form and function. Pragmatism, as such, is following a set of standards laid down by the experiences of the generations that which helps him to induce function into his designed spaces. The element of function is what makes architecture different from other art forms.

The form which the architect uses in his design is what makes it appealing to the people. It is something which makes the building stand out. It is something which contributes to its beauty and elegance and hence can be compared to poetry.Hence an architect has to be a pragmatist and a poet.

The architect needs to be a great listener. He should be the curious person in the society, the listener in the community. The result of this being the ability to translate, what is literal told and what is unspoken, that are carried in their hearts, which can be perceived in their eyes, into his design skilfully.

Hence I conclude by saying that the role of an architect in the society is to develop spaces that suit the aspirations of the society and its people and thus he plays a major role in the evolution of a society itself.

The role of any person in the society depends on two aspects I would say.Firstly the need of the society for that person and secondly the x factor in that person to create a need in the society for people like him.

Earlier there was a general physician whom everyone consulted for their medical queries.But with the advent of science and creating the fear and need in mans mind,he wanted a ear specialist,a nose specialist,an orthopaedic and so on,though the general physican couldve served that purpose.I would  say that the need of the society was the case in the first case for the physician and the x factor was introduced by someone or something which made people seek for that new trend.

Before I speak about architecture let me quote another example.Cricket was once dominated by the Australian Cricket board,and then it was just like any other game.The need for some entertainment and sports led the people to the stands to watch the game.Kerry Pecker however introduced this x factor .He involved the visual media and radio into sports for the first time and then the game increased in fame by leaps and bounds and inturn the wealth and many other areas of the country.

Architecture..creation of spaces for human comfort is the most common definition seen.But what all is he capable of actually?We wake up in the morning in a room..we go to brush in another room..we eat,we walk we sit we work we play we dance we learn we watch..everything in a particular space. Spaces define where we are and what we do in todays world.We perceive the spaces around us through our senses and our perception creates an energy field within and around us.Thus the spaces around us can be designed to be perceived in any manner we wish to  and it inturn effects our performance to that space.The architect thus draws the space  not just to be perceived by his eyes,but through his sense of touch,sound and smell.These inturn reaches the mind of the perceiver and his mood is effected.Monotony can be induced in him thorugh a design or  active spaces could pep him up and increase his performace.People make the society and hence by tuning a persons frequency he indirectly starts tuning the society’s.

In this profession too the need was in the people for a good house and thus lets call an architect mentality.The architect thus studying the culture of the people,their needs and other factors designed spaces for them.

However,there have been these architects with this x factor,who created a change in how this profession runs and then we’ve seen a large number of people follow that trend until another x factor arrived.The various art forms like Djstile,Art deco,Modernism etc are instances of this x factor,wherein the architect or the artist created a need for him in the people.

An architect can start a war or even end one is rightly said.The spaces he design had so much power in it as people depend on it in their daily lives largely.Anti social activities in a slum regions in Africa were reduced by the installation of street lights in the locality.The mere presence of a street light changed how the people normally reacted to the place.Slum restoration projects as apt examples,were proper site and services leading to better environment and designs to promote interaction can help to remove the tag of the slum that exists and also change the dwellers outlook.

Another role an architect plays like another other individual is to the environment through the society.He could encourage the use of earth architecture and other alternatives to the high energy construction techniques. Ethics also covers the role of an architect in knowing what is right and what is wrong.The Japan Olympics,saw many architects refusing to design the stadiums as it was to be done by demolishing thousands of slums in the region in an inappropriate manner.

The society itself played a role in creating the architect in the person and he now plays an important role in serving back with the aim for the betterment of the society.The role of any person practising any profession should be that of serving the mankind and not merely living,as living is not what matters,but living rightly is what does..With great power comes great responsibilities 😛



An architect is responsible for conveying the progress of civilization through the creation of spaces that have function for its inhabitants while using environmentally sound processes and materials. An architect must take into account the past, present and future of both building techniques and global cultures in order to convey a structural message that relates to past and present ideologies while gently leading the path for the future of human consciousness and cultural identity.

We are influenced by our senses. What we see, hear, feel, smell and taste all have impacts on our psychological and cultural identities. The fact that we are being exposed to those sensations relates to a manifestation of current culture. Every piece of human culture has physical aspects that exist within the definite senses. Architects and those who design spaces must therefore take into account the physical multi sensory aspects of their creations in order to best understand the psychology of the space, acting in reference (or not) to the physicality of the culture that they are conveying. The creation of space is a physical manifestation of culture through the presentation of texture, color, timing, depth, light cycles, temperature etc. and though some of us might like to believe that ideas come from the core of a white cube everything we think and do has relation to the greater temporal scale. The mind is composed of little bits of culture that all intertwine leading us to extrapolate what we call consciousness, cultural identity.

So in summary, an architect helps to build the evolution of society by physically manifesting items of culture in the form of spatial constructs where representations of culture meet the human mind in a multi sensory locality. An architect has a physical sensory responsibility to the people who experience the constructed space while also acting as an artist and painting the picture that we call society.


The role of an architect has changed considerably with time. But on the whole, the crux of what architecture is, remains the same. The architect, the person who has knowledge in almost all fields of life, plays the part of designing a blank space. It’s like the movie matrix where you get to design an empty space the way you want, its just that you need to follow the laws of physics. The knack of human beings to create a better living space and to dwell in the land of the unknown has led to the evolution of architecture. Now, we just have more resources at our disposal to come up with a design and execute it exactly in the manner in which it was planned. With evolution of mankind, we have become more sophisticated in terms of our way of living and enjoying life and making life easier. Now, the definition of sophistication has changed with time. This word is actually more dependent on the principles of an era, its culture, its vision of a better life, the discoveries of its era, and finally, the manner in which the resources at their disposal were used. Art movements or design movements like art deco emphasize this fact.

So, with time, we have seen, architect has shaped up the world. We can also view it as the changing world has shaped up the architect the way he is. I believe it to be a mutual process where the society and the architect has helped each other.

At present, viewing the present scenario of the life of an architect, his job, his aspirations, his work load, we can see that todays architect is like a machine who thinks, a machine which works without battery or electricity, a machine who sleeps only when he really needs it. The architect, has to be open minded and view the world in a different perspective to come up with a better design. He cannot lose himself in the crazy statistics of cost of land, area consumption, coverage aspects, and other materialistic issues. His role has a higher meaning, a higher goal of designing the world, designing the space around him to make the life of fellow beings better, keeping in mind the demands of the profession from him, the demand of mother earth, the responsibility of creation.