Not sure what a Building Designer is and what the BDAQ does?

Follow us as we answer the most important questions and help you get a better understanding of the building design profession and the importance of our association.

Q: What is a Building Designer?

A:  A building designer is a professional who designs buildings. They may work for builders or directly for the consumer. The building designer profession developed from the drafting services which served the building industry in the 1970s and 1980s. These people had gained a reputation of providing practical designs, understanding and listening to the client, and designing what the client actually wanted.

Q: Why use a Building Designer?

A:  When you’re sick, you need a doctor. When you want to build, you need a building designer.
Whether you are planning a new building, a renovation or an extension to an existing building, you need a building designer to design your project. Your building designer will work with you to determine the most cost effective, user friendly and practical solutions to enhance your lifestyle without exceeding your budget.

Q: What will a Building Designer do for You?

A:  A building designer can design you a building that is suitable for your specific needs. They will take into account your lifestyle, budget, site conditions, potential resale and long-term maintenance costs. Apart from designing your building, your building designer will work with a team of professionals to make sure that the structural elements combine with the aesthetics to produce a building which will not only look good but serve you well for years to come. Your building designer will not only prepare your working drawings, but can also assemble all the required documents  for approval and construction. 

Q: What is the BDAQ and why was it created?

A:  The Building Designers Association of Queensland is an industry association which represents building design and drafting professionals, helping to promote, support and enhance the profession of Building Design.
The BDAQ was created in 1990, to oppose a new legislation that was going to be introduced by the Queensland Government at that time which would restrict the building design work able to be done by non-architects. The association’s fight for the professional rights of building designers continued until the Queensland Government officially introduced a license for building designer/drafting in 1993 and ever since then the BDAQ has been at the forefront, ensuring continued recognition of building designers.  

Q: What are the Benefits of a BDAQ Membership?

A:  Recognition. Belonging to a well-respected industry association that participates in public policy making is a good way of gaining recognition in the industry in Queensland.
Reputation. Participating in the BDAQ Design Awards is invaluable in advancing reputation.
Representation. Building designers are represented by BDAQ on the various important policy advisory groups for government and industry.
Relationships. The sense of belonging, collegiality and forging non-competitive relationships is an intangible benefit of being a BDAQ member.
Resources. Resources like charge out rate calculators, design and documentation guidelines, sustainable housing checklist and much more is available to BDAQ members only.
Responsibility. The BDAQ encourages its members to maintain an up-to-date competency, adhere to a code of ethics and raise the standard of the profession by providing multiple support platforms.

Q: Why Choose a Building Designer with a BDAQ Membership?

A:  A BDAQ building designer is held to the highest industry standards and obligated to maintain an

up-to-date competency and adhere to a code of ethics. BDAQ building designers are better informed and encouraged to continuously develop their designs through an excellent awards program and develop their knowledge through continuing professional development (CPD) and masterclasses. The BDAQ promotes a networking environment, in which all designers learn from each other, support each other, have access to a great supporting head office and access to the Build and Design Centre.   

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