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Have you ever noticed why the architect keeps on wondering? It’s because he’s engrossed with the space to work with. He’s working on all the requirements the client wishes to include in the space to be built as a structure. After this, the architect starts to determine how to place people in relationship to one another, how families on a smaller scale or whole communities on a bigger scale will work, play, eat, sleep, rec- reate, travel and worship. In short, the architect will determine how people will live in consonance with their culture and national aspirations. This is where the basic expertise of the architect comes into play. No other profession deals with that part of the creativity aspect because it’s the domain of the architects who deal with the circulatory flow of man. It’s both art and science. Lastly, the architect’s objective is to bring order to man’s environment so it can function properly within a structure that is safe and healthful and to impart to the whole the beauty and distinction appropriate to our time. With this comes the realization of all the architect’s planning of spaces, wondering how the spaces will be arranged to suit man’s movement and the eventual execution of the plan for the client. He makes all the dreams into reality in a manner of expression of beauty and stability of the struc- ture. He achieves functionality at its best and conscious operating maintenance of the building. Such is the standard of the architect’s professional practice. It’s the gauge of a good and compe- tent architect. What he does is not only about beauty but one that encompasses a lot more than what an ordi- nary person sees or knows. The value of the architect is related to heritage conservation and mapping, regenerative architec- ture, sustainability and green architecture, hospital planning, tourism architecture, disaster-resilient buildings and alternative temporary shelters. It also involves pre-planning and conceptual designs, project management, construction administra- tion, post-construction management, allied-services and a lot more. Under his tutelage, the young aspirants to the profession learn the rudiments of the job before they take architects licensure exams. What you pay for the service of an architect is worth it. The architect is your alter-ego in the construction phase dealing with technicalities and engineering jargon the client encounters. He presents and protects the interest of the client. The architect’s fee is recommendatory in nature and can be taken separately for architectural works only or as a whole for the architectural and engineering works. The architect is the prime professional in both the planning and construction stages. Why get an architect? For your architectural and building needs, the architect is the right profes- sional. No other profession is qualified for that in terms of academic learning. Nothing comes close to doing this kind of valued and experience work. Meanwhile, the education of an architect starts with a degree in architecture which requires 10 semesters or five years of architectural design. It clearly underscores his exposure and interaction to vertical structures. Without the thesis in the fifth year, architecture students can’t graduate. And once they do, they still have to meet additional requirement of apprenticeship for two years in which they will be mentored by a professional architect. 2018-2019 Annual Report 41