10 Things You May Hear Architects Say by @FrankCunhaIII

Show me your “Parti” diagram ~ referring to the overall concept of the project

Turn it upside down (or sideways) ~ referring to the chip board study model

Use a door for scale ~ if no scale is provided on existing drawings you can use the front door (roughly 36″ typically)

Can I borrow your roll of trace? ~ transparent paper (onion skin) used to overlay sketches during the design process (Yes, some of us still draw by hand)

Looks great…. Hardline it! ~ converting a sketch concept into finished draft form

What’s it made of? ~ flushing out interior and exterior materials during design is crucial

Sorry I’m going to be late for dinner I have a deadline tonight! ~ this happens once in a while #wink

I need to mark that up ~ taking an existing sketch and adding ones review comments and or adjusting the design drawing

Redlines ~ the marks made by the reviewer when he is “marking up” the drawings

Does it meet code? ~ before the project gets too far along it’s important that it is reviewed for compliance with the latest codes to ensure life safety for the occupants



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7 Comments on “10 Things You May Hear Architects Say by @FrankCunhaIII”

  1. many of these were said at a recent baby shower… a bunch of architects (& former archies) all designing graphics for onesies for the baby to wear. only the few non-archies present thought it was strange to discuss the parti of a onesie design! hahahaha!


  2. Good article. I would like to ask you a question about design and codes. I am working on a radically different way to air condition and heat a residential space. In short the system consists for several microAC units that are networked wirelessly for extreme zoning. The network of units will be cooled with water circulated through PEX pipe circuit. I am HVAC professional and would like to hear from experts on impact to architecture and builders. This is described in my blog ont he project at http://microac.weebly.com/blog.html
    Love to hear your comments.


    • wjmarchitect says:

      If I understand your blog, your system seems to work as reverse radiant heating. The water in the piping loop is cooled and removes heat from the spaces through a pex piping loop circuit. Unlike heating systems, cooling systems require removal of the excess moisture in the interior air. How do you prevent condensation? Is there a dehumidification part to your system?


      • You bring up a good point about dehumidification. But before going to that, let me clarify how the system works. Actually, this is not like radiant heating. The system is like a network of many (micro) geothermal heat pumps. The heat transfer in cooling and heating mode is achieved by the vapor compression system consisting of a compressor, two heat exchangers and fans. In this case, I am proposing the miniaturization of the heat pump so a typical house of 2500 Sq Ft will require about 20 of the micro units. The water supplied to the units through the walls is supply the water to a small heat exchanger in the micro unit. While there will be some heat dissipated through the pipeline in the wall, but that is not going to he sufficient for the home heat/cool load. Hope this clarifies the working.

        De-Humidification is achieved much like current conventional central AC. When air is cooled below the dew point in a heat exchanger (called the evaporator – the indoor unit). Humidity condenses to water. In a micro unit since the unit is so small, the amount of water removed in each unit is quite small, this is collected to a pan built onto the compressor. When a compressor runs it generates a lot of heat and the water is evaporated by this heat of compression and is directed to the attic through the space between the walls. that is my current plan. Thus from an architectural standpoint we have to ensure that there is a small air passage above the microAC unit to the attic so that the water vapor can rise up. I have not thought through the architectural detail on how to achieve this. But conceptually that is how I intended it to work. I am not the best at writing, let me know if this ambiguous and I will to explain better.
        I am driving back home today for 8 hours so maybe tomorrow I will explain this in my blog. Thanks for pointing this out.


    • fc3arch says:

      I asked Architect Bill Martin (a contributor) to respond as he has more experience with these systems.


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