Some of the processes of architectural photography are more technical than artistic, particularly with the use of accurate perspective and the use of shift lenses. This means that there is a substantial overlap of skills with the lesser-known discipline of landscape visual impact photography.
The purpose of this is to enable planners, architects and landscape designers to determine exactly how proposed buildings and other structures (e.g. solar panel farms) impact on their surroundings. This is achieved by the photographer producing images which are verified to be level, of a particular focal length, undistorted, and in some cases shifted upwards to accommodate higher building lines.
This video provides a quick summary of the way I approached a hypothetical project (as my recent work remains confidential). The site is in Digbeth, Birmingham, and is currently a car park. There are several views of significant landmarks nearby which would be affected by any proposed development.
The video includes methods of marking and recording viewpoints, and some of the equipment necessary.