Although the word "architect" derives from the Greek phrase meaning "master builder," in practice "architecture" has gradually acquired the connotation "art of building." Today not all architects would admit that it is an art. Several of them would insist that it is an application of technology, while others would claim that it is a science. However, all would agree that the product of the discipline is real, whether it be a single building, a group of buildings, a community, or a whole city- even if the architect is concerned only with the design and conception.
From International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 1968, p. 392-397