Today an architect is certainly aware of the key elements of construction,
But he or she is not in full dominion of all the technical imperatives.
Nonetheless, the ultimate definition of the role of the architect still centers around the notion that the architect must assume responsibility for what is built.
The study of contemporary formal problems,
The ability to build within a variety of urban mediums,
The knowledge of new programs,
Keen knowledge of technical issues,
And lastly, a deep investment in the world of culture while grasping the pregnancy of a moment.
All of these things are essential in the making of an architect,
And all of these things comprise the reasons why we can still talk about the indispensable role that the architect continues to play in our society.
by Rafael Moneo