One of the by-products of the misconceptions discussed above is that architects and engineers receive free quality-control corrections at the expense of the builder.
Untold hours are spent in the field by the builder’s superintendents, subcontractors, and tradespeople debugging the plans at the start of each project.
Many design errors (except for genuine bugs difficult to identify) are discovered by the tradespeople or the superintendents before each phase of the work begins…ahead of the work itself unearthing problems and mistakes as it unfolds. If people in the field can discover design problems while still on paper, the architect should likewise be able to find many of these same problems and fix them using debugging checklists compiled by the builder/client…and through constructability analysis with the builder’s field staff.
The fundamental problem with debugging design plans can be traced back to the specialization and separation of the design/build team. The master builder of the past…who designed and built a building with the construction in mind…is now split into two camps.
As long as the architect does not actually build their design and in the process discover first-hand the number and adverse impact of errors and omissions…today’s architect and engineers are not held accountable for the many problems and inaccuracies that are solved in the field.