Definition of architect in English:


Pronunciation /ˈärkəˌtekt/ /ˈɑrkəˌtɛkt/


  • 1A person who designs buildings and in many cases also supervises their construction.

    ‘the great Norman architect of Durham Cathedral’
    • ‘A council spokeswoman later confirmed that the authority had now put out tenders for landscape design architects, building architects and quantity surveyors.’
    • ‘Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity.’
    • ‘I actually emailed the architects who designed the building, just before I found this site.’
    • ‘For inexperienced architects joining a team designing a tall building, this book is a must.’
    • ‘As architects continue to design buildings with large amounts of glass, the problems of keeping it clean become paramount.’
    • ‘This would result in its demolition and replacement by a new building designed by the architect James Sterling.’
    • ‘The facade of a building represents the architect's signature, but it is also a source of light and a thermal barrier.’
    • ‘However, for large inspections, the contractors would, I think, normally wish to use the architect who designed the building.’
    • ‘The Ronchamp chapel was the first of three religious buildings designed by the architect.’
    • ‘Freire and Lopes, who had experience of working with old buildings were appointed as architects.’
    • ‘The extent to which architects shepherd construction has shifted over the years.’
    • ‘The jury was impressed by the partnership between the architects and the building contractor.’
    • ‘According to the architect, the building consumes half the energy of a traditional office building.’
    • ‘Through no fault of the architects, the building will need major maintenance in a few years' time.’
    • ‘So the historian has as relevant a role in the process of urban design as the architect, planner and politician.’
    • ‘At that point in his career, the young architect had no experience designing such large buildings.’
    • ‘Thus, it was intended to blend with the interior decorative painting, which was supervised by the architect William Kent.’
    • ‘Rovaniemi is a planned city, designed by architect Alvar Aalto and shaped like a reindeer horn.’
    • ‘To the immediate south was a more handsome Victorian building constructed by architects John Lessels and John Patterson in 1873 to replace an earlier structure.’
    • ‘Both of the schemes were designed by council architects under the supervision of County Architect Deirdre Sullivan.’
    designer, planner, builder, building consultant, draughtsman
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    1. 1.1A person who is responsible for inventing or realizing a particular idea or project.
      ‘a chief architect of the plan to slash income taxes’
      • ‘The chief architect of this project is the President, with whom Dr. Nair has associated.’
      • ‘He's one of the chief architects of the drug plan for seniors that people talked so much about in the closing days of last year.’
      • ‘I am not only a follower, but I could say that I am the architect of this idea with concrete mechanisms and stages for its achievement.’
      • ‘Of course, it didn't help that the chief architect of the plan had gone and its chief opponent was now in command.’
      • ‘He was one of the chief architects and creators of the ‘beautiful game’.’
      • ‘It is hoped that the architects of the master plan were aware of this fact when it was developed.’
      originator, author, creator, instigator, founder, father, mother, founding father, prime mover
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transitive verb

[with object]Computing
  • usually be architectedDesign and make.

    ‘few software packages were architected with Ethernet access in mind’
    • ‘As the Web matures and we get better at architecting, designing and building it, our clients and stakeholders will begin to have a better understanding of what goes into a successful Web project.’
    • ‘Televaulting is a new backup paradigm architected specifically for geographically dispersed environments.’
    • ‘Fibre Channel was designed and architected to communicate directly at extremely high speeds.’
    • ‘To effectively solve the most challenging problems requires that supercomputers be architected differently than standard PCs and servers.’
    • ‘Open source applications are most often architected for the highest level of flexibility through community development.’


Mid 16th century from French architecte, from Italian architetto, via Latin from Greek arkhitektōn, from arkhi- ‘chief’ + tektōn ‘builder’.



/ˈärkəˌtekt/ /ˈɑrkəˌtɛkt/