Parti pris

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For the Hungarian surname, see Parti (surname). For the block of almshouses, see Partis College, Bath.
Not to be confused with Partie or Party.

A parti or parti pris [1] comes from the French prendre parti meaning "to make a decision".[2] Often referred to as the big idea,[3] it is the chief organizing thought or decision behind an architect's design presented in the form of a basic diagram and / or a simple statement.[4]


  1. ^ James Stevens Curl. "parti." A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Oxford University Press. 2000. Retrieved May 17, 2009 from
  2. ^ Roth, Leland M. (1992). Understanding Architecture. HarperCollins. p. 527. ISBN 0-06-430158-3
  3. ^ Gargus, Jacqueline. Ideas of Order: A Formal Approach to Architecture. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1994.
  4. ^ Ching, Francis D. K. (1995). A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. p. 53. ISBN 0-442-02462-2.