Architects are accredited professionals specialising in the design of buildings and developments, with a focus on technical drawings and plans. They are required to work with regard to public safety, and often oversee projects. The work of an architect can generally be split into the categories of design, documentation, and construction.

Planning consultants are qualified experts in property development and management, with specific knowledge in the field of planning permission. Though the role of a planning consultant can vary greatly, their work generally consists of advising, planning, and consulting within the fields of planning applications, planning appeals, planning enforcement, planning objections, housing economics, and property development.