What is the difference between architect and building contractor?

John G. Anai

I am very confused regarding this. Can anyone clear this thing?

Nov 22, 18 10:24 am
Non Sequitur

um... where to start?

The architect is the licensed professional who oversees the assembly of the permit / construction docs, reviews site progress, issues required changes, negotiates with the city, validates extras & progress claims, etc...etc... Also acts in the interest of the client as their fees are rarely dependant on cutting corners during construction... unlike the building contractor.

Building contractor manages the trades on site in order to complete the agreed upon set of construction docs.  Depends on the jurisdiction, but not every projects needs an architect and a BC could produce drawings for permit.  Good BC are rare and, like architects, you get what you pay for.

Nov 22, 18 11:19 am
John G. Anai

Not, be confused its is easy to understand that Architect helps to show the view of your house or any building but, building contractor helps to build your house in reality. 

Dec 4, 18 6:10 am
Non Sequitur

The contractor swings the hammer and a good architect will tell them where to hit.

The architect blames the contractor for problems on the project.

The contractor blames the architect for problems with the project.

Dec 4, 18 6:27 am

i keep saying, the design intent was for the floor to work. it's the contractor's responsibility to make that happen.


So true!


Once we get to construction phase, a lot of people aren't doing anything related to the actual building of a structure.  A lot of time is spent playing office.

A good percentage of the time, the "contractor" does very little construction.  They're just the business that brings together and supposedly coordinates all the construction trades as subcontractors. And with that, you probably have a Project Manager who may or may not know anything about the actual construction process.  The Superintendent does most of the coordination on site, giving instructions to the subcontractors and relaying information to the Project Manager.  Project manager is maintaining schedules, coordinating subcontractor availability, submitting products, pay requests, and change orders (they really like these).  

Long story short, there is a lot more to the building process than the physical structure.  People get too wrapped up in designer vs builder.  The way things are set up, those two roles don't cover it.  

Dec 4, 18 8:08 am

the contractor takes all the money, the architect takes all the shit.  

Dec 4, 18 9:37 am

Question is too broad. There are lots of different types of contractors, GCs, CMs, some at risk some are open book advisers. And some Architects are also GCs and some GCs are also designers. 

Dec 4, 18 10:23 am

Why the confusion? The architect designs what the contractor builds, and sometimes the architect is also a contractor and builds and sometimes the contractor is also an architect and designs. And sometimes an architect can neither design nor build and sometimes a contractor can neither build nor design. Easy peasy...

Dec 4, 18 11:34 am

Snappy Summary: 

An engineer designs and imagines the building remembering utilitarian necessities. 

An auxiliary architect registers sheltered and conservative sizes and gauges material amounts. 

A developer executes/builds and makes it a reality. 

Suppose you are building a doctor's facility, airplane terminal, school building, and so on 

You will require a designer, a specialist and a manufacturer. 

The modeler considers factors like area, bearing, practical and space necessities and imperatives, designs the format, chooses outer appearances, what the veneer will be and inward offices and spaces to be given, chooses areas of sections, sizes of rooms, entryways, windows,staircases, takes choices like how high the building need be, the means by which wide, to what extent and so forth. He remembers the monetary allowance, tenets and directions and by laws set up, and furthermore guarantees that the utilitarian prerequisites of the building are served. He makes reasonable illustrations laying out the entirety of his proposition. His work goes before crafted by others. 

The basic specialist takes off from where the engineer puts his pen down. He figures out what will happen to the structure, under its very own weight, decides the heaps that follow up on the structure, from superimposed burdens, winds, quakes and so on, considers the impact of these heaps on the basic components/skeletal edge of the building and decides sheltered and temperate sizes for all pillars and sections, appraises every one of the amounts of different materials like steel concrete and so on required, decides the profundities of the establishments and the kind of the establishment, decides how the different basic components are associated with one another, and gets ready nitty gritty illustrations depicting all aspects of the structure. 

So far this is on paper. 

The manufacturer (you can call him temporary worker also) at long last executes this. He sorts out the buy of all the material required, conveys the correct kind of development hardware, talented and incompetent work, designs the calendar for begin and complete of the different exercises, deals with the genuine development and completes and hands over the working to the client. 

At the point when the building is an Industrial building or a mechanical structure, the draftsman's job is played by the Technologist who chooses the primary building parameters and later enables the basic specialist to have his impact. 

hope you get your answer. if any query please ask

Dec 6, 18 12:57 am

Way too many words, must be an architect ;)

Non Sequitur

^ probably not since he/she' lumped most of an architect's responsibilities under "modelor"


I didn't even read it ;)

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