The lead architect is typically the main interface with the building owner. It's the architect that develops the owner's facility program and assembles a design team, both of which are critical to the overall success of the project. With such a prominent role the architect heavily influences just how smart the building will be. The design team's basic responsibility is to transform the owner's vision and facility program into a detailed design. The team determines the design requirements, specifies and draws up the project, produces the construction documents and eventually administers the construction contract.
For a smart building it's critical to select design team members that are open minded, innovative, technologically savvy, and experienced. If out of habit engineers and designers just select old legacy designs they simply short change the owner. Due to the influence of energy and sustainability concerns, as well as the use and penetration of IT into building systems most designers have had some experience with advanced technology and understand the concept of smart buildings. Architects should obviously also be experienced dealing with buildings becoming increasingly complex; resulting in additional building systems, potential operational challenges for the owner, and design teams growing as representatives of various. For example, if you're trying to deploy solar panels, wind turbines, or a water reclamation system you're likely to bring in several different specialists to represent the latest in technology and design.