Definition of architect in English:

architect

noun

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

    ‘the great Norman architect of Durham Cathedral’
    • ‘I actually emailed the architects who designed the building, just before I found this site.’
    • ‘This would result in its demolition and replacement by a new building designed by the architect James Sterling.’
    • ‘For inexperienced architects joining a team designing a tall building, this book is a must.’
    • ‘Both of the schemes were designed by council architects under the supervision of County Architect Deirdre Sullivan.’
    • ‘Freire and Lopes, who had experience of working with old buildings were appointed as architects.’
    • ‘Rovaniemi is a planned city, designed by architect Alvar Aalto and shaped like a reindeer horn.’
    • ‘Thus, it was intended to blend with the interior decorative painting, which was supervised by the architect William Kent.’
    • ‘The facade of a building represents the architect's signature, but it is also a source of light and a thermal barrier.’
    • ‘At that point in his career, the young architect had no experience designing such large buildings.’
    • ‘A council spokeswoman later confirmed that the authority had now put out tenders for landscape design architects, building architects and quantity surveyors.’
    • ‘So the historian has as relevant a role in the process of urban design as the architect, planner and politician.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Ronchamp chapel was the first of three religious buildings designed by the architect.’
    • ‘However, for large inspections, the contractors would, I think, normally wish to use the architect who designed the building.’
    • ‘As architects continue to design buildings with large amounts of glass, the problems of keeping it clean become paramount.’
    • ‘Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Through no fault of the architects, the building will need major maintenance in a few years' time.’
    • ‘According to the architect, the building consumes half the energy of a traditional office building.’
    designer, planner, builder, building consultant, draughtsman
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    1. 1.1 A person who is responsible for inventing or realizing a particular idea or project.
      ‘the architects of the reform programme’
      • ‘Of course, it didn't help that the chief architect of the plan had gone and its chief opponent was now in command.’
      • ‘It is hoped that the architects of the master plan were aware of this fact when it was developed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was one of the chief architects and creators of the ‘beautiful game’.’
      • ‘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.’
      originator, author, creator, instigator, founder, father, mother, founding father, prime mover
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verb

[with object]Computing
  • Design and configure (a program or system)

    ‘an architected information interface’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In response to congestion, the Fibre Channel protocol uses a very carefully architected system of fabric device communications and credit-based transmissions in order to ensure network stability and traffic integrity.’
    • ‘To effectively solve the most challenging problems requires that supercomputers be architected differently than standard PCs and servers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Open source applications are most often architected for the highest level of flexibility through community development.’
    • ‘Client/server computing models are giving way to more flexible, Web-based architectures providing the required combination of feature-rich applications and Internet architected infrastructures.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

architect

/ˈɑːkɪtɛkt/