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Architects Vs Civil Engineers


Job roles of civil engineers and architects are often misread, though they work together in a lot many instances.

Architects and civil engineers are destined to provide services to the construction industry and work closely for the successful completion of the respective projects.

Architecture can be defined as the art and science of designing, planning, and constructing buildings. This inventive field has proved its essentiality over decades.

Whereas civil engineering is a professional discipline of engineering that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the built structures including, roads, bridges, dams, etc.


Even though clear-cut differences exist between these two, people mistake both their entities to be the same, it is a tendency seen over the years.

Let's look into each profession separately.

Role of an architect:

An architect is concerned with the field study and producing a design that is practically possible, sustainable, agreeing of the client needs, responsive od the climate, assuring the structural health, and a lot more factors.

Design skills, communication skills, advanced knowledge in Mathematics, software knowledge, building code knowledge, and business hacks are some of the basic skills required for an architect to survive in the field.

Likewise, a civil engineer is expected to have technical skills, communication skills, critical thinking, project management, design, and implementation as their essential requirements.


Civil engineers manage a broader range of projects, right from transportation, water, construction, maintenance, and more, whereas the primary focus of an architect is the building and the associated features.

Similarities exist within both the professions, but their respective unique features make both the profession highly demanding in the society. While looking into any construction project for that matter, it is the combined effort and contribution of both the architects and engineers that will result in the desired and accepted the outcome of the project.


"When engineers and quantity surveyors discuss aesthetics and architects study what cranes do we are on the right road".

Ove Arup