ar·​chi·​tect | \ ˈär-kə-ˌtekt How to pronounce architect (audio) \

Definition of architect

1 : a person who designs buildings and advises in their construction
2 : a person who designs and guides a plan or undertaking the architect of American foreign policy

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Synonyms for architect


engineer, mastermind

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Examples of architect in a Sentence

the architect of the economic plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II

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Those decisions are sensibly delegated to a contractor and an architect. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Is One Vote Away from Changing How the U.S. Is Governed," 3 July 2019 Despite that qualm, Stuckey, a 32-year-old architect, sits on the Mill Park Neighborhood Association board., "Emotions flare as Portland, long friendly to neighborhoods, weighs gutting their powers," 2 July 2019 But many of the area’s stately Victorian, Colonial Revival and Craftsman homes have survived — designed by such architects as William Hebbard, Irving Gill and Richard Requa. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Golden Hill: Once-fashionable neighborhood is having a renaissance," 30 June 2019 Bloomberg speculates that Filippo could be filling a key spot at Apple that was left empty after Gerard Williams III, the head architect for Apple’s processors, departed the company earlier this year. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Apple hires key ARM engineer in race to ditch Intel," 26 June 2019 White was the chief architect for the state's $17 billion abatement plan -- the state's 30-year proposal on how to get out of the opioid epidemic. Wayne Drash, CNN, "Expert witness breaks down in tears during Oklahoma opioid trial," 26 June 2019 In the case of this classic — built in 1926 by course architects Seth Raynor and C. B. Macdonald — an 8-foot-deep depression dominates a green that is an incredible 65 yards long. Michael Whitmer,, "A golf fanatic picks the 18 best holes to play on New England courses," 20 June 2019 When Arahuete returned from Acapulco in 1973, Lautner asked her to work as the site architect for the Hope house on Southridge Drive in Palm Springs. Tina Daunt,, "9 things you should know about the Bob Hope house in Palm Springs — and its restoration," 6 June 2019 Nagele was the principal architect for Gridiron and several projects along the waterfront. Gridiron Condominiums, The Seattle Times, "Pioneer Square condos host waterfront revival talk," 29 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of architect

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for architect

Middle French architecte, from Latin architectus, from Greek architektōn master builder, from archi- + tektōn builder, carpenter — more at technical

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English Language Learners Definition of architect

: a person who designs buildings
: a person who designs and guides a plan, project, etc.


ar·​chi·​tect | \ ˈär-kə-ˌtekt How to pronounce architect (audio) \

Kids Definition of architect

: a person who designs buildings

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