ar·​chi·​tect ˈär-kə-ˌtekt How to pronounce architect (audio)
: a person who designs buildings and advises in their construction
: a person who designs and guides a plan or undertaking
the architect of American foreign policy

Example Sentences

the architect of the economic plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II
Recent Examples on the Web Shelter Island, New York The Snyder House, built in 1952 by renowned architect Bertrand Goldberg, has long been recognized as a prominent example of midcentury-modern architecture. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2023 Designed by renowned French architect Joseph Dirand, guests walk through the beautiful plant filled Le Jardinier up a grand marble staircase (complete with marble railings) directly to the stunning Bar Bastion. Margie Goldsmith, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 Designed by renowned Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, the project incorporates several architectural styles traditionally found in mosques, churches and synagogues around the world. Adam Pourahmadi, CNN, 1 Mar. 2023 Under his guidance, the committee decided on a tower and hired famed local architect O’Neil Ford to design it. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Feb. 2023 Designed by legendary architect Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch commemorates America's westward expansion. Stefanie Waldek, Country Living, 24 Feb. 2023 This year, the foundation expanded to Mexico City with the inauguration of Casa Wabi Sabino, built by renowned architect Alberto Kalach. Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Feb. 2023 This corner residence on the 22nd floor of the One Arts Plaza building, which was designed by renowned architect Lionel Morrison, offers unobstructed eastern views of the morning sun and Fair Park, as well as northern views of Uptown. Ryan Conner, Dallas News, 24 Jan. 2023 The Cape estate was designed in 2017 by local architect Patrick Ahearn. Amanda Kaufman,, 18 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of architect was in 1563

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Cite this Entry

“Architect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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ar·​chi·​tect ˈär-kə-ˌtekt How to pronounce architect (audio)
: a person who designs buildings and advises in their construction

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