master builder

a building contractor.
a person skilled in the art of building; architect.

1550–60 Unabridged

Master Builder, The

a play (1892) by Ibsen. Unabridged
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master builder
1.  a person skilled in the design and construction of buildings, esp before the foundation of the profession of architecture
2.  a self-employed builder who employs labour

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Example sentences
It doesn't take much to become a master builder here.
They ought to know better, the street fighter and the master builder.
Making smaller wooden boats requires great skill and builders often apprentice with a master builder to learn the trade.
The present house was built by a master builder and apprentices who lived on the place until completion.
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