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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Examples of architect in a Sentence

the architect of the economic plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II
Recent Examples on the Web It was done by the same architect as the Public Garden., 16 Oct. 2021 Built in 1935 by the architect behind LA's City Hall, John C. Austin, and Frederick Ashley, the building has Greek, Roman, and Moorish influences and a beaux-arts layout. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 9 Oct. 2021 It’s a 6,823-yard course designed by a local architect, in near-perfect condition. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 Freedom Park was designed by the late architect Phil Freelon, who also designed the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, and the Durham firm Perkins & Will. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 The current house was built in 1935 on the site of the original home’s stable block, and was extensively modified in the 1990s, when it was owned by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Sir Norman Foster. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 28 Sep. 2021 Taxa was founded by a former senior architect for NASA’s Habitability Design Center, which means the interior of the Mantis Overland was as dialed in as a spaceship, if more spacious. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 Amsterdam has a new Holocaust memorial that contains over 100,000 names of Dutch Holocaust victims and was designed by the famed Jewish architect Daniel Libeskind. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 22 Sep. 2021 One section of the building juts out over the ocean, held up by four huge columns reminiscent of those found within the Johnson Wax Headquarters building in Racine, Wisconsin, designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Ewan Wilson, Wired, 15 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of architect was in 1563

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“Architect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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