Architectural design, what does this mean?



Answer:
Architectural design is the design of buildings to be ascetically pleasing but also to fulfil there function
It isn't engineering.

Architectural design deals with the functional and aesthetic layout of spaces for human occupation.

Engineering deals with how to build it so it will not fall down (Structutral Engineering), burn down (Electrical Engineering) sink into the earth (Civil Engineering), and that it will be properly ventelated, and have plumbing that works properly (Mechanical Engineering).
It depends what you're designing.
The microscopic architecture of
a computer chip, is completely different
is the most scientific and mathematical
way from the architecture of WWW.
Architectural design means you can get paid more than any other person involved, if you can get your client to agree that your 3 year old's watercolour is cutting edge innovative design.
The successful ones can then head a team of qualified Engineers in transforming an idea they had whilst brushing their teeth into the world's tallest skyscraper. Without anyone catching on that they haven't a clue what's going on.

No seriously, as a Design Engineer I love Architects the most. I just cannot talk to a monied client about the sound of a particular waterfall his wife loved, when trying to decide what kind of taps to install. Architects also come up with some great but impractical ideas that take a lot of money and thought turning into reality. Which makes my business both profitable and fun.

But I think the answer your looking for is that an Architect goes to an art school, where they teach basic engineering.
Whilst an Engineer goes to an Engineering school where they have a resident artist.
Of course, there are also Architects who do the boring civil works who are usually qualified in a range of disciplines and work very hard overseeing a project. These are the people I deal with most earning my daily crust. But I usually put them in the 'Checking Engineer' category so i can keep my prejudices intact.
Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. A wider definition often includes the design of the total built environment: from the macrolevel of town planning, urban design, and landscape architecture to the microlevel of construction details and furniture. The term "Architecture" is also used for the profession of providing architectural services.

Architectural design involves the manipulation of mass, space, volume, texture, light, shadow, materials, program, and other elements in order to achieve an end which is aesthetic as well as functional. This distinguishes Architecture from the applied science of engineering which usually concentrates on the structural and feasibility aspects of design.

Architectural works are perceived as cultural and political symbols and works of art. Historical civilizations are often known primarily through their architectural achievements. Such buildings as the pyramids of Egypt and the Roman Colosseum are cultural symbols, and are an important link in public consciousness, even when scholars have discovered much about a past civilization through other means. Cities, regions and cultures continue to identify themselves with and are known by their architectural monuments

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