18 Sep 2008

What’s the difference between an architect and designer?

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Question What is the difference between an architect and a designer?


Answer The difference between an architect and a designer is:

  • Education – an architect must graduate from an accredited university, pass a licensing exam and fulfill annual continuing education requirements.
  • Experience – an architect will have drafting, office management, project mangement, specification writing, construction oversight, code review and design experience. There is no requirement for a designer to fulfill these requirements.
  • License – an architect is a licensed professional in the state where he/she practices. A designer may have a club/trade designation, but is not licensed to practice in the state.
  • Responsibility – an architect takes an oath to maintain the public safety health and well being and places a seal on construction documents ensuring their state and professional compliance.


About the Author

Your Architect is Eric Faulkner -- an architect licensed in Texas & Oklahoma with 29 years experience in design, construction observation and life.