Do you know the difference between an architect and an engineer?

@kafueenu (1073)
Philippines
October 24, 2009 10:54am CST
I am a graduating architecture student, and it really saddens me when television shows only acknowledge engineers. And the more painful thing is, they acknowledge the supposedly works of an architect to an engineer. It confuses the people more, and the more confused they are, the more it lessens the opportunity for us to earn. I am still a student, and I don't want to regret my chosen path.
9 responses
• United States
24 Oct 09
I think the architects do the original planning and design, while the engineers make those designs work safely and correctly.
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@VVroom (258)
• Romania
25 Oct 09
I am not going to list the differences between an architect and an engineer. However, I will ask you another question : What is the purpose of you becoming an architect? Is the inner passion for architecture itself driving you on this path or success, money and international fame? If you are in the first case scenario, the second part will follow with no efforts, and you'll be an architect- creator. If you are in the second case scenario, you'll be just an architect like many others. Which one is better?
@kafueenu (1073)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
How can I create when nobody approaches me to create for them?
@VVroom (258)
• Romania
25 Oct 09
First, you just graduated. So...nobody knows you yet. Why should somebody work with you? Because they are confused and will prefer an engineer? Dooh...be realistic! Because you are not experienced, that's why you will be a junior( if you are good enough) in the first period. You need to have patience and to show your skills. I am not saying is right or wrong, just that this is how things are working, we cannot do much about it except accepting the situation and moving forward. Until that day, everything is a matter of mindset. Because what goes around comes around. Which is equal to: what we think it's what we will get. If we are feeling unsafe and scared about this unknown world, so it will be. So please do not ask that question. You don't need anybody's approach in order to create. If you need an order to start doing a job, you are a business man, not a creator. It's up to you what do you want to be. And I can guarantee, you will be labeled by the others in one way or another. What I want to underline is that most of the creative professionals are business men. Huge competition! The creators are very few. The creators are creating because this is their nature, not because they have an order valued with enough money. The creators are focused on the action and not on the result. The logic is simple: if you do your job now (action) but you also think about the reward( result) waiting for you at the end of your efforts, it's obviously you do not put your everything into creating that project. I would not like to be the one who's paying you in this case. I will look for a person 100% committed to create what I am paying for. If I can find any available one... If not, I am going to interview some business men architects. That's why creators are well known and always have work and the business men are competing with each other for a limited amount of work left for them. You are in the beginning, still having some time. Think twice, which one is the path you want to choose.
@dekada80 (388)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
As far as I know, architects usually designs the visible part of the structure or the appearance while the engineer takes care of the design of structures elements as what they called the mystery part of the structure so usually, it's the work of the Architect that is visible and acknowledge compared to the job done by the engineer and usually it's the engineer who works under the Architect since he will only move in accordance to the parameters given by the architect. Well it's sad if you think that engineers are given credit for the job you do but remember, If somebody want's to build a house, they will not look for engineers, they always look for an architect first.
@kafueenu (1073)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
In our country, looking for an architect first rather than engineers when it comes to house design is just a recent trend. A few years back, engineers are still allowed to design houses without an architect, and that is really unfortunate. I don't have anything against engineers, I have lots of engineering student friends, but they were not trained for the job. It has long been an issue, and I hope architectural freedom will soon prosper in my country.
@dekada80 (388)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
Kabayan! I'm from malabon, :) i'm not aware that it is the going trend lately but should it be required on the papers like building permits or other permit documents that Architect should be one of the signatories? Because similar to what you have said, there are some aspect on the design where only architect are trained for.
@repzkoopz (1895)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
i'm not entirely sure about this, but as far as i know, architects are the ones doing the external designing, while engineers put the designs together and make them work.
@kafueenu (1073)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
Thank you for knowing that part hehe, thank you. Actually the architect does all the planning, designing, and all the stuff involving the house, the work of a civil engineer follows by computing the size of the columns and footings to be used. And it is illegal for an engineer to plan a structure on his own, it should be planned, signed, and dry sealed by an archtiect.
@repzkoopz (1895)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
i see.. i always knew these two work together.. i just didn't know exactly what their parts in the job are.. thanx for the info pal!
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
I believe I can distinguish the two professions pretty well. Architects are responsible for designing a building's exterior (as well as its interior) making sure that the design agrees with what his/her client has in mind. On the other hand, engineers are more focused on the nitty-gritty of building stuff and they're more focused on using 'em mathematical equations, theories, and whatnot when it comes to creating stuffs.
@kafueenu (1073)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
Yes, you really did sistinguish the two very well, thank you very much for the response. enjoy my lotting ^_^_^
• India
24 Oct 09
An architect is basically a creative person like a designer but on the other hand u have civil engineers so dont worry bro ur creativity and ur talents will always support u in life best of luck
@kafueenu (1073)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
Hi velocity, thanks for the uplifting response. One of my friends here in my lot said that we don't earn if we use text words, I hope that helps, but I see you use my lot a lot longer than I have.
@rene12 (797)
• Philippines
20 Feb 10
A very short definition of it: Architect designs, Engineers makes it possible. :D
@gunagohan (3415)
• India
25 Oct 09
well, i am an engineering student, but i belong to electronics and communication association...i never had a chance of a difference between an architect and an engineer(Civil)..because in electronics we do our own design and we build the product..we do not rely on any other departments to interfere..because for the circuit design we have VLSI, we design and we build the same...well we electronics engineers can write computer programmings, we know embedded C and we do know high integrated Digital signal and digital image processing.. coming to your case, i think u people, do the design with all ur effects and u give out ur layout work to an engineer to carry out with the building, this is all i know about civil, but i know that civil students have been in drawing classes and they do design, but i don't understand the quite differences between you and a civil group people...i think architect is a wonderful profession and u people design all complicated works, which an engineer cannot.. oops!!!this is what all i know about civil and architect...i can tell more when it comes to electronics...
• India
25 Oct 09
hi, i feel they work together, the architect is the one who designs the building and an engineer takes care that the building is safely constructed. As a student for engineering it looks good to have taken Calculus and Physics and for architects it looks good to have taken art classes.