Parti pris

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

A parti pris[1] is the chief 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". It is also referred to as "the big idea".[3] The term comes from 15th century French, in which "parti pris" meant "decision taken". (Later, it took on the meaning of "bias" or "prejudice".)[4]

The development of the parti frequently precedes the development of plan, section, and elevation diagrams.[5]


  1. ^ James Stevens Curl. "parti." A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Oxford University Press. 2000. Retrieved May 17, 2009 from
  2. ^ Ching, Francis D. K. (1995). A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company. p. 53. ISBN 0-442-02462-2.
  3. ^ Gargus, Jacqueline. Ideas of Order: A Formal Approach to Architecture. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1994.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Mandelbaum, Melissa. "Applying Architecture to Product Design: Parti". Retrieved 18 July 2016.