Why plumbing and architecture work hand in hand

Cobra explains the symbiotic relationship between plumbing and architecture and why the two work hand in hand.
2 November 2020 Technical Info
Why plumbing and architecture work hand in hand


Fulfilling two very separate functions but surprisingly intricately connected, Cobra explains the symbiotic relationship between plumbing and architecture and why the two roles work hand in hand.

Comparable to the chicken and egg dilemma, a similar conundrum comes up when considering the roles of plumber and architect. To the untrained eye one would automatically assume that plumbing is the business part upfront while architecture, the party in the back but as a matter of fact, these two roles collaborate in more ways than one. 

Where an architect will have experience in drafting plumbing plans, plumbing specialists are accomplished in implementing these plans while at the same time contributing to the project’s initial blueprints with additional recommendations and the actual rollout of the most efficient installations for the project. From laying out the sewage, drains, ventilation, hot and cold-water lines, and putting in place onsite plumbing systems based on the architectural plans, like a hand in glove the architect together with the plumbing specialist, play a key role in completing any successful building project. 


Understanding the role of Plumber 

With an experienced eye in interpreting the architect's blueprints and plumbing plans, while contributing to these plans by incorporating unique specifications, experience, and the most efficient plumbing systems for the project, a plumber’s role is far from simply unclogging drains, connecting the taps, and replacing showerheads.  With years of technical training and accreditation, a qualified plumber is adept in planning a structures pipe and drainage systems, as well as safe and efficient waste management, together with the actual rollout of fittings and fixture installations of all water and waste-related systems. 


What does an Architect do?

Drafting the construction plans for domestic and civil building projects, an architect designs the blueprint of any type of structural building. From breaking ground on brand new building projects to alterations, restorations, and redevelopments. Applying their knowledge of construction, coupled with health and safety protocols, traffic flows, functional considerations, aesthetics, and plumbing, a qualified architect will have the know-how to plan for all these aspects.

While an architect may be experienced in drafting plumbing plans, preparing the layout of a functional and efficient water system that meets all health and safety regulations, a plumber’s role offers critical insight and experience in the installation and application of all plumbing related installations. From potable water systems to safe waste removal, water conservation, and effective water harvesting, to the installation of interior and exterior plumbing fittings, the role of a plumber is highly specialised and not one to be replaced by a builder simply asked to follow the plumbing as drafted by the architect in the blueprints of a structure. 


Both fulfilling a specialist function where the architect’s vision, blueprints, and building specifications can be interpreted, refined, and optimised by the plumbing specialist, the partnership between both professionals brings out the best in plumbing installations.

Through combining their unique skills and specialist experience, when operating as a symbiotic unit, the processional collaboration between architect and plumber results in a perfectly planned, efficient plumbing system made to fit the aesthetics and architectural design of each unique project.