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1. The Characteristics of Architectural Work

Broadly, the practice of Architecture consists of the provision of professional services in connection with the design, construction, enlargement, conservation, restoration or alteration of a building and structure or group of buildings and group of structures.

The professional services include, but are not limited to, aspects of planning and land-use planning, urban design, provision of preliminary studies, designs, models, drawings, specifications, technical documentation, coordination of technical documentation prepared by other built environment professionals (as appropriate and without limitation), contract administration, project managing, monitoring and quality inspections of construction.

Architectural work in South Africa can be described in terms of the following characteristics.

At an operational level architectural work can be defined as the art and science of construction, comprising primarily the designing of physical interventions in the built environment - essentially buildings and their appurtenant open areas. This must be done in an aesthetically pleasing, socially responsible, environmentally sensitive, technologically appropriate, and professionally competent and ethical manner.

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