Architect of the Capitol Law and Legal Definition

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) and its predecessors, have served the Nation as builder, caretaker and curator of many of the Nation’s most iconic and indelible landmark buildings, after the laying of the Capitol cornerstone by George Washington in 1793. These include the Capitol, Capitol Visitor Center, Senate Office Buildings and House Office Buildings, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, US Botanic Garden and Capitol Campus grounds. The Architect of the Capitol works to: support the needs of nearly 30,000 occupants and millions of tourists who visit the campus annually; ensure the buildings and grounds meet modern standards for sustainability and accessibility; and preserve the historical legacy of the landmarks entrusted to the Architect of the Capitol’s care.