An architect is a design professional who uses his creativity and working knowledge of structures and materials to provide living, working and recreational environments. To design these environments, an architect combines the practical considerations of the site, the clients’ needs and costs with a creative understanding of materials, aesthetics, and the cultural and physical contexts. Architects are not just concerned with buildings but with improving the built environment as a whole; they have to balance the private needs of their clients with the interest of the community at large.

Learning to see

  1. Delve into what we look at in order to turn it into thought
  2. Get used to analyze what surrounds us
  3. Drawing as a process of interpretation of reality
  4. Travelling: acquire new points of view
  5. Reading: deepens ideas
  6. Taking photographs: create a unique gaze
  7. Watching films: comopsed of light, movement, space; just like architecture

Learning to think

  • Expressing our thoughts finding the adequate language
  • Being critical, suspicious, curious
  • Collective thinking, sharing ideas

Learning to create

  • Understand the user’s needs
  • Understand the compositional rules of architecture
  • Understand the materials and their possibilities, compatibilities…
  • Understand the construction technics
  • Constructive viability

The practice of architecture

In Spain the profession is regulated by the ‘Ley 38/1999, de 5 de Noviembre, de Ordenación de la Edificación’.

Common forms of employment:

  • Self employed (own office)
  • Work for others:
    • Other architects/companies
    • The administration (public work)

Main areas of work:

  • Building
  • Urban planning
  • Interior design
  • Teaching
  • Valuations
  • etc