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ARCHITECTURE VOCABULARY LIST

1. Architect (n): A person who designs buildings and in many cases also supervises their
construction.

Kevin Roche, who has died aged 96, became one of the most
successful architects in modern American history.

2. Modernist (n): An artist who makes a deliberate break with previous styles.

The Modernists wanted buildings that were beautiful not in overwhelming


decoration but beautiful in simplicity Notable among these is the Deutscher
Werkbund, formed in 1907 to produce better quality machine made objects.

3. Aesthetic (adj): Characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

In relation to buildings, architecture has to do with the planning, designing and


constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social,
environmental, and aesthetic considerations.

4. Symbolic (adj): Representing something else.


The skull at the bottom of the picture is symbolic of death.
5. Structure (n): the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something
complex.

An abandoned structure was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon near Moses Lake.

6. Methodology (n): the techniques followed in a particular discipline.

The Design Methodology Movement involving people such as Christopher


Alexander started searching for more people-oriented designs.

7. Skyscraper (n): a building which is extremely tall.

The great 19th century architect of skyscrapers, Louis Sullivan, promoted an


overriding precept to architectural design: "Form follows function".

8. Cottage (n): A cottage is, typically, a small house. It may carry the connotation of being an
old or old-fashioned building. In modern usage, a cottage is usually a modest, often cosy
dwelling, typically in a rural or semi-rural location.

9. Mansion (n): A mansion is a large dwelling house.


10. Reconstruct (v): build or form (something) again after it has been damaged or destroyed.