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 The couple teamed up with Foster's friend and designer Michael Ostrow of Grace Home Furnishings to renovate the 1885 Dutch colonial house, which was built by Gilded Age architect Bruce Price. Antonia Debianchi,, 13 May 2022 The current owners bought the house in 2018 and immediately undertook a whole-house renovation, hiring architect David Jones and Zantzinger Builders. Kathy Orton, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The Play House includes the theater’s original 1926 building and a 1983 expansion designed by architect Philip Johnson, a Cleveland native who became one of America’s most important 20th-century architects. Steven Litt, cleveland, 13 May 2022 The Tudor revival-style home at 2500 Divisadero was built in 1933 by architect Angus McSweeney of Willis Polk & Company, which was responsible for many San Francisco landmark properties. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 11 May 2022 Concordia 27's development is being led by neighborhood residents and is being managed by Wiegand's firm, Wiegand Enterprises LLC; Near West Side Partners and project architect Quorum Architects. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2022 The building was originally designed as a private home by Armenian architect Sarkis Elyas Lole in 1890. Lisa Morrow, CNN, 10 May 2022 Midcentury architect Cliff May designed the ranch, which mixes chic, modern design with luxury amenities, including a Dolby movie theater, game room, marble bar and walk-in refrigerator. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 About a year and a half later, the group in June 2019 rolled out plans to build a state-of-the-art visitor and education center, to be designed by architect John Ronan, on the site of the house at 925 Chicago Avenue. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Architect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of architect

: a person who designs buildings

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