Architect, alone or accompanied? | Stepienybarno

The Spanish architect could consider  a species of bicho rare in comparison of the common “architect” European. The way in that during these last years has developed  the profession in our country, little or at all has to see to the one of the rest of our neighbours. But what is what does that it was so different? In our opinion, one of the main differences come to be  the number of asignaturas of technical character that  cursan along the career in Spain and that does, that seen from out, seem a mix between architects and engineers.

This education, where matters like construction, installations and structures have a specific weight, does that the form to project and, later, direct the works was different to the one of our European neighbours. While in many of these countries, THE ARCHITECT DOES not HAPPEN TO BE A MERE  REDACTOR (DESIGNER) OF PROJECTS To BASIC LEVEL, where the engineerings commission  to finish to develop the project and, of course, do that it build  without the presence of the architect in work.

In Spain, at least till now, this has not been like that. But it is (or it can be) the architect who realizes the totality of the project, included planes and calculations of facilities and structures for, practically, any type of building. With the following CURIOSITY. If in the project of an one-family housing one presents the structural calculated, signed part and visada for an engineer, the project will not receive I dress well of the Architects’ College until the above mentioned part is signed and visada for the architect editor of the project.

If this total control of the project on the part of the architect is (or it is not) the ideal thing, to us themselves us more than one doubt arises. It seems that, at least in certain cases, THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES CAN ENRICH THE OFFER. Visions transdisciplinares of the project can lead to an ideal result, though the relation between unions like the architecture and the engineering not always is so ideal as it would be desirable.

In this regard, the famous engineer Javier Manterola comments, “There is a thing of the architects that I do not like, and is that they leave THE ENGINEER SECONDLY. Always we are on the second plane, because they think that our work is less important than his. Alone this happens in Spain, in other countries yes that we have a really relevant function.”

So, though we are speaking about a project of housing, if it is an engineering who has calculated the facilities or the structures (since it is a habitual practice in many projects), it seems that it has felt that they were they themselves who visasen his part of the project and were making responsible of him during the execution of the work. Even this way, there are great the VOICES THAT RAISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE LOSS OF THESE LABORS, in exclusivity, for the architect. Sincerely, in certain situations, in which it is needed to spin very thin, it would not be the same thing if the CONTROL of the architect was not coming to all the corners of the project and had the aptitude to direct the work in question.

But the reality gives the orders and, looks like that, every time with more frequency, engineers or ENGINEERINGS WITH ARCHITECTS IN HIS ROWS, will be done by a part of the cake every time major. In the own Expo of Saragossa, one of few pavilions, where the project of execution was signed by an architect (in collaboration with the Cener) and that besides was forming a part of the optional direction was the Spanish pavilion, Patxi Mangado’s work. The rest of pavilions specialists were directed by companies, supposedly, in the construction of the building. Of this form, THE PRACTICAL TOTALITY OF THE ENCLOSURE GOT UP “TO THE EUROPEAN”.  all this system does not also give us special confidence, though, also we understand that, which we like or not, it does not have special importance, before which us one comes above in all that the settles itself Bolonia Process and let’s see the direct consequences of the Ómnibus law.

In end, we are a profession with a formation that includes many fronts and, surely, WE will be able TO REINVENT OURSELVES, but it seems that the future of the architect like man orchestra capable of including from the ideación of the project up to his engineering development, for good or for evil, is coming to his end.

Probably you see it different, so, since always, we encourage ours which you leave your opinion in the matter.

Stepienybarno_Agnieszka Stepien and Lorenzo Barnó, architects

Estella, september 2010


Stepienybarno está formado por Agnieszka Stepien y Lorenzo Barnó, ambos arquitectos y formados en temas de Identidad Digital y Comunicación online. Desde el 2004 tenemos nuestro propio estudio de arquitectura, ubicado en un pequeño pueblo de Navarra, Estella, y ambos estamos embarcados en nuestras tesis doctorales. A su vez, colaboramos con otros profesionales tanto del ámbito de la arquitectura, sostenibilidad y comunicación online. Vivir en Estella nos da la tranquilidad necesaria para poder encarar el día a día con energía y la red nos posibilita contactar con un mundo maravilloso que de otra forma hubiera sido imposible.

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