Architects and development

The practice of architecture is not new. While the profession, as we recognize it today, has only been around since the seventeenth century, there is evidence of “designed” structures, and drawings of these, dating as far back as the sixth or seventh millennium BCE. As settlements became more complex it became necessary to plan developments rather than rely upon an ad hoc accretion of structures. This increasing complexity called for design— the ability to envision a future and mediate the building process to achieve that future.

The architect was the individual who had the overview of the needs of development, the knowledge of building techniques, and the application of these to specific types of ...

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