Translating architecture in the UK and abroad

For one reason or another, setting about to create that perfect home, whether in the UK or abroad, remains for many a thirst that will never be quenched. Fear of the unknown seems to rank highly for most, often exacerbated by foreign laws, languages and the multitude of sometimes complex, lengthy and unfamiliar bureaucratic hurdles. Navigating these procedural differences can frighten many, with sometimes civil and common law differences requiring locally registered architects (www.ARB.org.uk) to submit the planning application. Whilst technological improvements have moved on leaps and bounds over the years, and may have removed any geographical barrier to communication, it has not removed the fundamental need for the client to be able to communicate with their Architect, in a shared understanding of the project at hand. Many architects wrongly assume an extraordinary capacity for spatial awareness on behalf of the client, which can only lead to further complications by the cultural and linguistic differences. For this reason, many choose to instruct Architectural Practices based in their home country, to design and subsequently liaise with local architects when necessary. This approach has many advantages, namely a familiar and reassuring level of professionalism, leading to a more transparent and fluid process, abandoning any fear that instructions may become lost in translation. So rather than rely on representational arcana, architects should, no, in fact must embrace the immersive tools available today, in order to design across borders. From 3d virtual modeling and realistic photomontages e-mailed directly to their IPhone or Blackberry; from digital walk throughs to interactive virtual goggles. These technologies not only clarify proposals to clients and appropriate statutory authorities as well as other professions, but improve efficiencies whilst reducing time and hence cost. Modern technology and their subsequent uses should prevent the architectural process from becoming an act of faith for the non-specialist and instead assist with the creation of a client discourse. Some modern programs, especially those concerning environmental analysis, can also drive a scheme’s approach, as well as aid explanation of the project to a wider audience. Modern tools of communication and design prove essential for any scheme, however they prove fundamental for the effective delivery of international projects. Display Architecture are the preferred Architects of the LDA (London Diplomatic Association) and with Chartered Members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), undertake international projects of varying sizes. Please contact Adam Tarr on +44 (0)20 7434 7320 or a.tarr@displayarchitecture.com if you would like to discuss any upcoming projects in the UK or abroad.