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Conflict between architects and engineers
It always creates a conflict between an architect and an engineer when one accuses the other of being a incompetent professional!

But the important thing is: Who makes a building possible? The architect, or, engineer?
Tengku Anis Qarihah Raja Abdul Kadir
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Conflict between architects and engineers
Both make it possible; it is like a pair of legs or hands, if one of the pair is broken it's difficult to perform. An individual architect or engineer has to acquire the others' qualities to produce the best buildings.
Dushyant Nathwani
Conflict between architects and engineers
It's true that it creates conflict between architect and engineer while working on the same project. I have seen architects and engineers literally fighting with arguments. One of the main reason is that architecture is so creative and flexible while engineering is sort of rigid and non-creative in a way.

Thus it creates lots of problems for an architect to achieve the desired form and mass composition, when it is out of the usual trend, a unique one, for a particular project.

On the other hand, engineers driven by their rigid formulas and safety factors always discourage the architect to achieve such a stage.

But there are architectural masterpieces in the world which are masterpieces both in terms of architecture and engineering, very well worked out with great efforts. Thus a building only becomes possible when there is complete cordination between both extremes!!

In short, an architect needs to also keep in mind that the engineering and the engineer need to be a little more creative for great team work.
Ojas Trivedi
Conflict between architects and engineers
I do not think that there is a conflict like situation.

It is what you call 'adjustment' pangs.

Since the architect is supposed to bring together not just architecture, but also all trades togather in the building, it is necessary to reason with all engineering professionals.

Let me put it this way:-

If you bring in a graphic designer to do something, there could be a 'conflict,' so to say, with others (the architect now being put in the same basket as the engineers).

The conflict is when one is not able to understand what the other is saying. Hence the approach should be an open minded one.

As far as the building is concerned, I think that everyone has a role to play, including the labour. Everyone has their own distinct role to play. There is no conflict, only an overlap of roles at many places.
Chitradeep Sengupta
Conflict between architects and engineers
Fairy agrees that architects and engineers are both equally important for each project. And of course, the architects work as leaders of the space or building, and are involved more in design development and always play their creativity.

A good-looking building always signifies the national reputation; for example, the twin tower in KLCC is an icon of Malaysia. While engineers work mainly to support the architect's work, to make sure the building stands up well. They need not to play the creativity or be involved in design development, but in preparing all the calculations.

If both parties communicate well, I think they are surely able to work well. Sometimes not only engineers do have conflicts with architects but interior designers face this problem if all parties don't bear their responsibilities in each project.
Yg Hui
Conflict between architects and engineers
It is hopefully not a real conflict based on 'incompetence'...but rather on a professional bias through focus and intent.

Architects are manifesting a creative vision for a space or structure. The engineers are focused on the function of making it safe, liveable and workable - and the bias is generally through minimal materials maximized.

Best hope early on might be that the architect enlists the engineer in investing in the projects' creative vision - and then very carefully listening and collaborating with the engineer.

That way each one gives therir best. The dance is successful, and there are very few stubbed toes.
Eileen Webb
Conflict between architects and engineers
The architect and the engineer are the two sides of a coin in a building. There may be some buildings where the architect takes the lead and his vision governs the project. There may be some projects where the architect may not have a role at all (silos, warehouses, etc.)

In professional practice, the architect is the project manager who guides the various teams of consultants, contractors, etc. to produce the desired result like the conductor of an orchestra or the pilot of an aircraft or the director of a movie. Problems and failures like in all the above mentioned examples can be attributed to the architect and therefore his job becomes the most crucial.

In a purely engineering organization, the architect's role may be limited to beautification, selection of colour schemes, designing and execution of support activities like canteen facilities, offices or worker housing.
The bottom line is that in order to make the symphony melodious, the flight successful and the movie a superhit, the architect and the engineer have to work in co-ordination.
Chirag Akruwala
Conflict between architects and engineers
In my opinion, there's supposed to be no conflict between the architect and the engineer [structural, electical and mechanical] or any other specialist as the architect has considered their 'factors' right from sketch design stage to the final drawing production stage.

In most cases, the architect pays attention to the workability of elements proposed in a project.

The fact of the matter is that some engineers like to apply the constant nature of formulae they use in their calculations to discourage the functionality of an architect's proposal.

Simply put, some are afraid of challenges posed to them by the complexity of an architect's design.
Nureni Adebisi
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