On paper, these two professions can understandably seem quite similar. Architects and engineers are closely associated with one another when it comes to the creation and transformation of a building and yet, they play two very different roles.
An easy way to visualise the differences between the professions that I came across was, to think of them as the two sides of the brain. On one side we have the architect whose approach to a building is theoretical, creative and artistic and on the opposing side we have the engineer, who works in a precise, systematic and mathematical way. Just like the brain, both sides are integral, but for different reasons.
Both of these disciplines are integral in the world of infrastructure and complement each other quite well, with the engineer possessing the ability to use scientific principles to determine whether the architect’s plans are physically possible and what materials need to be used to get the job done in a safe and effective manner.
Now that you are aware of the distinct differences between an architect and an engineer, you will know who to call when you have an issue with your structure. Hint: It’s us.