An architect is an individual who plans, design and reviews the construction of building. During the Italian Renaissance, architects would commonly receive a commission from citizens or Assassins, 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.