A traditional architectural practice provides a full range of services for the planning, design, and administration of construction projects. The architect must be a mission-directed decision maker and a communicator who uses programs, concepts, and images to link the user, client, or public with the builders, contractors, and other construction trades people.
Some architects specialize within offices as project managers, marketing experts, specification writers, or designers. Computer-aided design (CAD) skills are very much in demand. Architects rely on available media and technology and on the ability to synthesize from a variety of disciplines, including planning, business and economics, landscape architecture, historic preservation, interior design, natural sciences, engineering, physics, and chemistry.
Concern for a sustainable environment is continually forging new linkages that encourage architects to take on leadership roles in multidisciplinary teams.