Parti pris

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A parti pris[1] is an organizing thought or decision behind an architect's design, presented in the form of a basic diagram or a simple statement.[2]

It may be shortened to "parti". The term comes from 15th century French, in which "parti pris" meant "decision taken." Later, it took on the meaning of "bias" or "prejudice".[3]

The development of the parti frequently precedes the development of plan, section, and elevation diagrams.[4]


  1. ^ James Stevens Curl (2000). "parti.". A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Oxford University Press. Retrieved May 17, 2009.
  2. ^ Ching, Francis D. K. (1995). A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. p. 53. ISBN 0-442-02462-2.
  3. ^ One, Blue (21 November 2012). "An Introduction to Architecture and Visual Communications: parti". Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  4. ^ Mandelbaum, Melissa. "Applying Architecture to Product Design: Parti". Retrieved 18 July 2016.