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In From the Architect's Desk

By lthomas

The Year of Architectural Understanding

On 04, Apr 2017 | In From the Architect's Desk | By lthomas

Occasionally in my work as an architect I need to research something. Be it an architectural style, an obscure term for an historic detail (joggles!), or even another architect’s solution to a sticky design conundrum, I head to my office library.

There I can sit, leaf through books and look for answers or inspiration. Indeed, as I began this essay, I looked through my library and then actually went to buy a new copy of an older reference book that I have had for 30 years.

In my library I found many books about architectural styles and details. There’s so much detail in architecture and I thought books were the best place to start if I were to be inspired to shed some light on a few of the more interesting architectural building terms such as cornice, fascia, rake, gambrel, gable, hip and mansard—not to mention joggles. Many books have photographs, but the true gems are those with drawings and sketches. So, thanking my colleague for such a great topic suggestion (“What do you want to know about?” I asked) here are sketch definitions of a few of the many terms that I plan to revisit on my website essays in the upcoming months.

Welcome to the kick-off of The Year of Architectural Understanding!

Roof parts/terms:








I will save joggle for next time!!