I received this question the other day when I was meeting with a new colleague for the first time. I tried to bumble around some description, but didn’t get a very clear message across. So this is my attempt to set the record straight.

An architect is more like an umbrella of engineering then a subset. I am so glad to work with people who are able to find joy and fulfilment in life through calculating the size of ducts and beams, but just the thought of doing that everyday for the rest of my life makes my head hurt. As an architect I am responsible to make sure that properly sized duct and beam come together in a safe and beautiful whole. Each of the consulting engineers on a project is one of the pieces in an orchestra. The architect is both the conductor and the brass section all in one. We make sure that everything comes together as well as developing equity through well thought out building design.