Architecture influences all aspects of the built environment and brings together the arts, environmental awareness, sciences and technology. By combining creative design with technical knowledge, architects create the physical environment in which people live, which in turn, influences quality of life.
Not only do architects inform the overall aesthetics of a city or region by pushing the boundaries of design and style, they also make invaluable contributions to the quality of life, public health and sustainability of any given region.
The characteristics that distinguish a work of architecture from other built structures are:
- (1) The suitability of the work to use by human beings in general and the adaptability of it to particular human activities,
- (2) The stability and permanence of the work’s construction, and
- (3) The communication of experience and ideas through its form.
All these conditions must be met in architecture. The second is a constant, while the first and third vary in relative importance according to the social function of buildings. If the function is chiefly utilitarian, as in a factory, communication is of less importance. If the function is chiefly expressive, as in a monumental tomb, utility is a minor concern. In some buildings, such as churches and city halls, utility and communication may be of equal importance.