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In the design and construction of buildings, architects will often require the services of specialist consultants A consultant who is a specialist in a particular field. Such consultants contribute to parts of the design but generally not the whole design. When engaged, the specialist consultant will become either a secondary consultant or a subconsultant. View full glossary to provide input through all phases of the project life-cycle, and to navigate the complex set of regulations that determines the framework within which a building is developed.