Architects were men in charge of overseeing and devising building renovations. They would commonly receive a commission from citizens, and would work with them to draft plans, before overseeing the renovations themselves.
- "Our architects explain that lowering the towers might actually help our defenses because we can purchase more powerful weaponry. A huge undertaking, but something I will consider in the future."
- ―Mario Auditore speaking with the city architects.[src]
Additionally, in 1454, architects aided Mario in the research of a mysterious artifact that was said to have been hidden under the city. To this end, an architect went over a layout of the city's buildings with Mario, subsequently discussing the possibility of hiding places beneath each.
- "Ser Mario hired me to deal with this mess, but I'm an architetto, not a miracle worker."
- ―The Villa Auditore architect.[src]
Upon Ezio Auditore da Firenze's arrival in Monteriggioni in 1476, the city and its Villa had fallen into disrepair. An architect had been hired to oversee renovations, though Mario commonly focused more time and funding on the city's defense than on its upkeep.
This architect based himself in the study of the Villa, looking over a scale model of the town, which was mounted on a large table. Through him, Ezio was able to make decisions on how best to upgrade the town.
All buildings, structures and guilds that were rebuilt and renovated in Monteriggioni generated income, and increased the number of visitors to the city.
Unlike Monteriggioni, architects could be found in abundance in Rome, and were willing to work on a variety of commissions, such as shop buildings, aqueducts, and other structures throughout the city.
In this regard, architects would rebuild the shops of art merchants, doctors, tailors, blacksmiths, banks and stables, as well as the entrances to the city's tunnel system, broken aqueducts and guild buildings.
Though he became known as a mysterious benefactor aiding in the renovation of Rome, Ezio only directly conversed with architects in four locations, the Tiber Island headquarters, the Rosa in Fiore, the Caserma di Alviano and La Volpe Addormentata.
- Ezio: Buon Giorno. (Good day.) Is there something wrong?
- Architect: Ser Mario hired me to deal with this mess, but I'm an architetto (architect), not a miracle worker. Without money, I can’t fix any of these buildings.
- Ezio: And if someone brought you money?
- Architect: Then we'd be in business! You must be Ser Ezio. Am I right?
- Ezio: Uncle! I like this architetto (architect).
- Mario: He gets very observant when he can smell money!
- Architect: If you want to fix up this town I'm going to need it. I have a price list here for new shops and renovations. Just bring me gold, make a choice and I'll begin at once. If you build a shop, you (as the landlord) can purchase goods there at lower rates. If you invest more money in the shop, you get even greater discount. As for renovations, well... you'll be bringing the town and villa back to life. As Ser Mario tells me, that was very important to your great-great-grandfather. Plus, when you buy shops and renovations, you'll be increasing the number of people who visit, causing your income to increase! So, lets take a look, shall we?
- Architect: Ser Ezio. I represent the combined resources of Bartolomeo d'Alviano, Claudia Auditore and La Volpe. Through my associates spread across the city you can channel your florins to any part of the underground you desire. You may have seen notices posted around Roma which allow you to purchase buildings. Income from your new tenants will be deposited with bookkeepers, as well as additional profit from renovations. Bookkeepers can be found throughout the city.
- Ezio: Molto Bene (Very Good.)