An architectural professional is the primary author of the information required to build a home. Assisted by other professionals and specialists, the information provided is usually in the form of drawings, specifications, references, details and instructions. The flow of information dictates what skills, education, knowledge, experience or additional information will be required during construction. The role and responsibilities of the architectural professional have been diminished mainly because home owners are reluctant to pay professional fees; resulting in the professional producing only what has been paid for or required to get the drawing approved by the local council.
Although a house is a complex assembly of many different resources, it’s not rocket science and using proper information, planning and the right skills and resources, it can easily be constructed. Take an aeroplane as an example: it may be very different to a house, but it’s highly complex. Using the right resources and planning, America built 300,000 planes of different types during World War 2 compared to the year 1939 when they built just 3000. Other countries in the war produced another 500,000. Training people does not necessarily create jobs but it goes a long way in making an industry more efficient and more profitable, which is ultimately good for growth and that creates jobs. Historically, trades like brick laying or plastering have received much attention, while others have received very little. With adequate training and the participation of industry manufacturers or suppliers, it could be possible to stimulate local micro-economies; for example, a truss company could train agents in a specific area to sell roof trusses, thus keeping the sales of roof trusses within the community, as opposed to community members going outside of the area to make their purchases.
While painting a door in a new home, an alteration or an office block there may be crucial variations in the application and working within different environments and structures. Therefore training for a the same activity may change across different sectors such as:
While some formal training and seminars are available, it’s important to remember that knowledge can be gained from various other sources. There is an abundance of information about the residential industry; either in the form of product brochures, books, websites, videos and technical documentation such as the South African National Standards.