The Role of Architectural Review in Conservation Planning

Architectural design is the act and the creation of building, designing, and building structures or other structures. Architectural projects, in the main form of residential buildings, are generally perceived to be artistic works and as visual representations. The purpose of this article is to try and bring the architect’s work closer to the public eye, in order to raise awareness and understanding of its conservation and preservation processes. It is my hope that this article will serve as a platform for future architectural discussions and debates on the future of architecture. Let’s begin!


Many people feel that the primary purpose of architecture is the construction of buildings. However, what many people may not realize is that the vast majority of architecture today is non-structural. Buildings include housing, public spaces, parks, museums, monuments, and even man-made trees. Non-structural architecture includes sky scrapers, gardens, parks, roads and sewers. A more detailed classification would include dams, airports, bridges, storage facilities, schools, residential complexes, office buildings, businesses, retaining walls, fire stations, and hospitals.

Architectural critics and practitioners are continuously striving to bring art and science to the general public through their creative architecture. In the new times of architecture and building, the client may not always be an individual; instead, architecture is increasingly being hired and commissioned as an aesthetic component of a building’s design. Architects are tasked with determining what types of artwork will compliment a structure, while also meeting all the building’s codes. The architect’s design is a representation of the client’s idea of beauty, while the building is a living breathing work of art that the architects care about because they built it.