The office of the Chief Architect is working as an independent Heads of Department under the administrative control of Works Department and looks after the architectural matters of the State of Odisha. Besides the above, the said office also prepares architectural project drawings for Works Department and also for other Departments. This wing is headed by CE (Architect).
The Architectural wing of the State was set up in the year 1945 for designing & Planning of the Government building in the urban areas and particularly for the Capital City, Bhubaneswar. For a pretty long time it was attached to the Office of the Chief Engineer (R&B) Odisha under the administrative control of Works Department. Recognizing the importance of Planning & Architectural designing developments in the management of building projects, the Government of Odisha created a new Heads of Department i.e. Office of the Chief Architect, Odisha vide General Administration Department Order No. 18183 dated 22.10.1986 conferring full administrative & financial power on the Chief Architect, Orissa as Heads of Department under rule-20 of the Odisha Service Code. This Office is functioning as an independent Heads of Department since October, 1986 after duly bifurcated from the Office of the Chief Engineer (R&B) Odisha as per Works Department Order No.32135 dated 12.11.1986.
This is the only architectural organization for the entire State which exists for more than five decades with handful of architectural persons. All types of buildings of various Departments & Universities of the State are planned & designed by this architectural organization. The designs of multi storied building sent by local bodies are being scrutinized in this organization. It is the only one Heads of Department which has been functioning independently without branches or Zonal Offices or District Offices in the State. The main function of this organization is the preparation of architectural designs & drawings for the building projects of the Government, Semi Government organizations, Universities etc. The Office of the Chief Architect, Odisha is the sole Office in the State of Odisha dealing with all architectural works of the State.
The Architectural works include all the building works, Landscaping design, urban design, and Conservation & Interior works. It deals with all the Government projects of the State like, Secretariat, Assembly, High Court, Raj Bhawan, Jagannath Temple Puri, all government colleges, Stadiums, Collectorate buildings, Sports Complex, Police Stations, Jails & Hospitals etc. It also takes up the projects of semi-government and autonomous bodies. It also examines the important multi storied projects of the local authorities. It is the duty of the office to supply all architectural drawings including layout plans, working drawings and detail drawings of the building projects of various departments of the State Government after getting requisition from the client Department. It also deals with interior design & landscape design etc. of the projects. It is the duty of the Department to collect detailed site information, surveyed site plans, requirements of the projects from the Office of the concerned Executive Engineers of the R&B wing or the client Department for preparation of the design. It also undertakes Architectural supervision of building project whenever necessary.