The Case for Architects
Article by Scott Shonk, Principal Architect – Originally Published in the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal
American culture has promoted and encouraged an appreciation of design in the past few decades.
From PBS’s “This Old House” and TLC’s “Trading Spaces” to the recent “Fixer Upper” on HGTV, the American public is increasingly aware of the benefits of design. As a result, many people are attempting DIY projects and flipping houses, improving aesthetics through cosmetics changes and decorating — moving a space to become more than just a room with four walls.
This receptiveness to design is an opportunity to discuss architecture and for architects to demonstrate their value to the design process. Architects are one set of professionals truly trained in design and problem-solving. From challenges early in the design phase to facing unforeseen conditions occurring on-site during construction, architects find solutions.