When you hear the word “architect,” you probably think of big houses and sleek apartment buildings. However, architects build much more than residential spaces. Think about all the places you go over the course of an average week: to work, to school, to the gym, to the grocery store, and many more. Commercial architects are responsible for designing and building almost all of the buildings you set foot in when you leave the house.
Commercial architects design and build:
- Hotels. Whether updating an older hotel or building one from the ground up, commercial architects are often tasked with creating comfortable, functional hotels. When space is limited it can be a challenge, especially in big cities where there isn’t much room to expand.
- Hospitals and medical buildings. You’ve probably never thought too much about hospital design, but it’s very intentional. Doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff must be able to move around the building easily and quickly. The rooms must be safe, comfortable, and sanitary for patients, while also being easy for staff to access.
- College campuses. From lecture halls to the student library to student housing, commercial architects are responsible for designing and building college campuses.
- Restaurants and cafes. Next time you go out to dinner at your favorite local spot, take a moment and notice the building’s design. Commercial architects often design and remodel restaurants, delis, cafes, pubs and other similar establishments, with the goal of creating an ambient atmosphere where people feel comfortable eating, drinking, and relaxing with family and friends.
- Office buildings. Creating functional, safe and comfortable spaces for staff can be a challenge, but it’s important since many of us spend so much of our time at work. It’s become especially important during COVID-19, since all workplaces must adhere to current CDC health and safety guidelines.
Find a commercial architect you can trust
If you’ve never worked with an architect before, it’s important to find one you trust. You need to be in sync with regards to your communication style and your working style. With that said, we recommend you find an architect who will manage your expectations honestly and give you realistic updates. Check online reviews from former clients, get recommendations from family and friends, and create a portfolio of buildings you like. The right architect will share your vision and work hard to bring it to life.