What is the Difference Between an Architect and an Engineer?

Building designer, architect, civil engineer, structural engineer… who are the various players involved in the design of your project and what qualifications do they possess? This answer varies depending on what state and / or local jurisdiction your project is in, but the following information is generally applicable. 
Professional boards for the state of California have published documents that explain who has the authority to design buildings (Building Design Authority). Adobe’s freely available Acrobat Reader is required to view these documents.

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