Press Release 4th September 2012
The majority of British adults do not know what an architect does, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by a star of the BBC series The Apprentice, Gabrielle Omar and www.inbuilding.org.
15% did not know that architects design buildings. 22% did not know that they prepare detailed construction drawings for building projects. 48% didn't know that architects prepare specifications to be used for building projects. Even more surprisingly, 69% didn't realise architects negotiate planning permission with the local authorities. 72% didn't know they apply for planning permission in the first place. 74% didn't know architects can deal with certification for building projects and 79% that they can ensure that the construction site complies with Health & Safety legislation. A staggering 86% were not aware that architects select, negotiate with and manage all the contractors and 91% that they run the financial accounts for building projects.
Gabrielle said: "The right answer is that they do all of the above. So the next time you're planning an extension or a new build, ring an architect, they may be of more help than you realise!"
For more information, or to arrange an interview with Gabrielle Omar,
please contact Arlo Guthrie or Richard Buxton on 0207 183 2511
Photo (Gabrielle Omar): http://www.inbuilding.org/ag_content/gomar_03.jpg
Notes to editors:
- http://www.inbuilding.org is the new social networking and community website for architects.
- All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2031 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 6th - 9th July 2012. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).