An architect is the person who design a building, who draws up the plans and plays close attention to the social and economical factors affecting a build. He knows where the stairways and the windows go to make the building aesthetically beautiful, he considers the experience of the user and is responsible for managing the creation. The architect will check in during a build to cast a critical eye as someone removed from the day to day. This helps keep standard hight and direction true.
The builder is the person who builds what the architect envisioned. He puts it together under the supervision from the architect. He must do the physical work, understand the best practice and conform to regulations which are cascaded from the architect.
A good architect understands a builders situation and designs/manages to their ability, budget and timeframe etc. They also have an understanding of their ability and know how to maximise potential with an efficient workflow. The best architects have a great understanding of building practice and have often had first hand experience over many years.
Many builders could put together a house without an architect, but to create a truly beautiful, individual, efficient, sensitive, sustainable and impressive building the guiding hand of an architect is required.
Personally I feel many parallels can be drawn from this relation to that between a bodybuilder and their coach. I also feel the same principles stand true. As a bodybuilder, If you want to create a masterpiece it is worth investing in a ‘BodyArchitect’. Lay all the information down on the table, genetic potential, current state, financial restrictions, time restrictions, social restrictions and let them design the best outcome they can with sensitivity to external factors.
When it comes to choosing your ‘architect’ as with the original comparison, experience, portfolio, style and cost etc should all be carefully considered. But, ultimately the reason they exist is because they serve great purpose.