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An architect surveys the building of a cathedralAn architect surveys the building of a cathedralArchitecture is the art and science of designing and erecting buildings and other structures. The finished buildings are often considered to be works of art in their own right, just like paintings. Buildings are visible showcases for the period in which they were built and the society that built them. The first architects worked using local stones, bricks and wood, but modern architects now use concrete, steel, glass and plastics as well.

Architectural plansArchitectural plans

Architects at work

Architects design buildings; other specialists actually build them and develop the engineering skills to help them stay up. An architect draws a plan of what the building will look like, both inside and out. Engineers, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, plasterers and others work from an architect's drawings to create the finished building. Architects work either individually or in teams.

Architect's sketches for a synagogueArchitect's sketches for a synagogue

The word architect comes from the Greek word arkhitekton, which means "master builder".

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