Who is architect ? An architect is trained and licensed in planning and designing buildings, and participates in supervising the construction of a building. From etymology side, architect derives from the Latin architectus, itself derived from the Greek arkhitekton (arkhi-, chief + tekton, builder), i.e. chief builder.

Professionally, an architect's decisions affect public safety, and thusmust undergo specialized training and education, and a practicum forpractical experience in order to qualify for and earn a licence topractice architecture; the practical, technical, and academicrequirements for being a licenced architect vary.

A looser usage of Architect is: the translator of the building user's requirements of and from a building into an inhabitable environment. Moreover, the words architect and architecture are used in the disciplines of engineering, e.g. computer software architect; however, in some of the world's jurisdictions, the professional and commercial uses of these etymologic variants, are legally protected from such loose denotations.

Earnings for architects range widely, depending on where and how they work. Salaries also vary depending on the size and location of the practice. Earnings have traditionally been dependent on the local economic conditions but, with rapid globalization, this is becoming less of a factor for larger international firms. Some architects become real estate (property) developers or specialized roles where they can earn a significantly higher income than the industry median.

Refer to the international list of professional architecture organizations for groups created to promote career and business development in architecture. A wide variety of prizes are awarded to architects to acknowledge superior buildings, structures and professional careers.

Further reading
* Roger K. Lewis, Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession. MIT Press, Cambridge, 1998.
* David Chappell, J. Andrew Willis, The Architect in Practice. Blackwell Publishing, London, 2005.
* Blythe Camenson, Careers in Architecture. McGraw-Hill; New York, 2001.
* Lee W. Waldrep, Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design, John Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, 2006.
* American Institute of Architects, The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, Student Edition, John Wiley, Chichester, 2001.
* Peter Piven, Bradford Perkins, Architect's Essentials of Starting a Design Firm (The Architect's Essentials of Professional Practice), John Wiley, Chichester, 2003.
* James R. Franklin, Architect's Professional Practice Manual. McGraw-Hill Professional, New York, 2000.
* James P. Cramer; Scott Simpson, The Next Architect: A New Twist on the Future of Design. Greenway Communications, 2006
* James P. Cramer, How Firms Succeed: A Field Guide to Design Management. Greenway Communications; 2nd Illus edition, 2004.
* Gerald Morosco, Edward Massery, How to Work With an Architect, Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2006.
* Pat Guthrie, Architect's Portable Handbook. McGraw-Hill Professional; 3 edition, 2003.
* Charlotte Baden-Powell, Architect's Pocket Book. Architectural Press, London, 2001.
* Dr. Eisenmenger, Mathias, Architect's er Architekt: Das zukünftige Berufsbild unter Berücksichtigung seiner Verantwortung als Baumeister. kassel university press, Kassel, 2007,