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Sustainability
2. Ergonomy
3. Genius loci
4. Facade
5. Charette
6. Regionalism
7. Threshold
8. Massing
9. Enfilade
10. Materiality

11. Poché

12. Post-industrial

13. Diagrammatic

14. Vernacular

15. Modular

16. Deconstruction

17. Typology

18. Parametric

19. Program

20. Skin

21. Building envelope

22. Vault

23. Arcade

24. Fenestration

25. Truncated

26. Parti

27. Flâneur

28. Phenomenology

29. Brutalism

30. Cantilever

31. Curvilinear

32. Rectilinear
33. Miesian

34. Corbusian

35. Permaculture

36. Blobitecture

37. Exurbia

38. Walkability

39. Pilotis

40. Verticality

41. Rebate

42. Mullion

43. Muntin

44. Gentrification

45. Stylobate

Simple words given new meaning by architects:


 Concept
 Space
 Fabric (urban or building)
 Metaphor
 Legibility (of something other than writing)
 Dimension (meaning a characteristic of something)
 Moment
 Celebrate
 Negotiate
 Dynamic
 Language
 Context
 Gesture
 Proud (“the countertop is proud of the cabinet”)
 Taxonomy
 Hierarchy
 Scale
 Section
 Formal
 Nodes
 Pods
 Grain
 Extrapolate
 Device
 Elevation
Obscure words that architects overuse (or misuse):
 Iconic
 Organic
 Dichotomy
 Eclectic
 Kitsch
 Sequence
 Stasis
 Interstitial / Interstice
 Iteration
 Juxtapose/Juxtaposition
 Stereotomic
 Tectonics (and architectonics)
 Liminal
 Articulate
 Ephemeral
 Domesticity
 Anthropogenic
 Regenerate
 Hybrid
 Generative
 Ambiguity
 Catalyst
 Penetrate
 Appropriate
 Inspiration
 Contemporary
 Amalgamation
 Performative
 Hegemony
 Curate
 Bifurcate
 Superimpose
 Confluences
 Gestalt
 Zeitgeist
 Banal
 Blasé
 Motifs
 Procession
 Homogenous
 Palimpsest
 Paradigm
 Dissonance
 Adjacencies
 Parallax
 Assemblage
 Aesthetic
 Monolithic
 Uniformity
 Morphology
 Duality
 Nuance
 Transient
 Redundancy
 Robust
 Bespoke
 Holistic (sometimes even wholistic)
 Simultaneity
 Esoteric
 Concretization
 Schism
Unusual terms or phrases that architects love:
 Play with (light, space, materials)
 Human scale
 Create/provide a gesture
 How the ____ is received by the ____
 Spatial composition
 Map out
 Explores the notion
 Programmatic adjacencies
 Activate the space
 Public Realm
 Outdoor room
Strange concepts within architecture:
 Solid/Void
 Interiority/Exteriority
 Push/Pull
 Bottom up/Top down
 Transparency/Opacity
 Served and Service
 Negative/Positive space