The Grade of Grand Architect is a continuation sequence of the
Architect Grade. It is found first in the Early Grand Rite of Scotland
under the same name, as the VIII° of the Blue Series. It is a
continuation of the Solomonic legends of architecture, which seek to
impose the ideal of an increasingly select and secretive body of
craftsmen performing work upon the Solomonic Temple. It is now only
practiced in the American and French Grand Councils of the Allied
Masonic Degrees. The Grade was attached as an Active Grade to the
Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States in
This degree is similar in concept and practice to its companion Grade,
that of Architect, sharing the same flaws. It is actually even more
cumbersome in the execution of its floorwork, and requires equally
extensive paraphernalia and properties. The Grade is therefore seldom
worked, as for the candidate to fully appreciate the Grade; it should
be exemplified at the same time as the Grades of Architect and
The Jewel of the Grade is double triangle, formed a pair of compasses
and a level.
The Apron of the Grade is whited, edged with blue.
The Sash of the Grade is blue, approximately four inches wide. It is
worn from the right shoulder, resting on the left hip.