Architecture vocabulary by category

Choose one of the words below that you know and explain which one you are thinking of without using any part of its name until your partner works out which one you are talking about.

Floor

Ceiling

Socket

Air conditioning

Double glazing

Handle

 

Fitted kitchen

Open-plan dining room/ kitchen

Balcony

Playground

(Roof top) terrace

Veranda

 

Ground floor/ First floor

Fire escape

Lift/ Elevator

Bicycle racks

Basement/ Cellar

Roof

Foundation

Mezzanine

Penthouse

Sewage

Communal area

Lobby

Gate

Partition wall

Window cleaning cradle

Skylight

 

Detached house

Semi-detached house

Terraced house

Bungalow

Cottage

Mansion

 

Block of flats/ Apartment building/ Apartment block

Old people’s home/ Nursing home

Care home

Community centre

Multi storey car park

Skyscraper

Luxury flats/ Condo

Shopping centre/ Mall

Studio flats

Health centre/ clinic

Hospital

Department store

Public building

 

Brick

Reinforced concrete

Tile

Stone

Wood

Nails

Glue

Paint

Plaster

Wallpaper

Plywood

Insulation

Screw

 

CAD programmes

Pen tablet

Set square

Ruler

Protractor

Rubber/ Eraser

Foam/ Styrofoam

Automatic pencil/ Mechanical pencil

Compass

GPS

Surveying equipment

 

Plan

Drawing

Sketch

3D model

Doodle

Blueprint

 

Concierge

Security guard

Builder

Bricklayer

Surveyor

Site manager

Landscape architect

Plumber

Electrician

Civil engineer

Interior designer

Decorator

Carpenter

Electrician

Safety inspector

Roofer

Plasterer

Architectural engineer

 

Useful language

You can find it…

It’s used for…

It’s (usually/ always) made of…

 

What are the differences between the words divided by dashes (/)?

The words are arranged into groups above. What does each group represent?

Match these headings to the groups of words above.

People

Materials

Equipment

Parts of a room

Parts of a house or flat

Parts of a building

Types of house

Types of other buildings

Things architects do and produce

Which categories from above are and aren’t useful in your work?

In the categories which are useful, which words are and aren’t useful?

Which words from above are most useful to describe your job to someone?

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