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Definitions of Terms Commonly Used in Architecture and Interior Design

A. Bhatia, B.E.

Course Outline

This course contains compilation of almost 1500 bits and pieces of Architectural and Interior Design terminology. The definitions and/or descriptions contained herein provide guidelines to resolve ambiguities in common usage of terms or to address particular considerations regarding the interactions of people, infrastructure and environment.

The compilation is arranged in an alphabetical order for easy referencing. This 4-hour course shall be useful to the professionals who plan, design, construct, manage and use the building services infrastructure.

The course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be aware of the common HVAC terminology. The course covers:

Intended Audience

This course is aimed at Students, Architects, Engineers, Real Estate Developers, Facility managers, Building designers, Energy Auditors, Operational & Maintenance Personnel, Sales & Marketing personnel, and General Audience.

Course Introduction

There are numerous things that you may like to know about Architecutral building terminology. Be it is related to system design, installation, equipment selection, health & safety or commissioning; the common terminology is compiled herein in alphabetical order. Both experienced professionals and beginners shall be benefited with this easy to use glossary.

Course Content

The course content is in a PDF file Definitions of Terms Commonly Used in Architecture and Interior Design . You need to open or download this document to study this course.

Course Summary

The architectural and interior design terms in this course have been tabulated in an alphabetical order. This provides an easy referencing. The detail description can be traced in handbooks and the web sites. This document is a constant work in progress and if you see something that should be in this list, please let us know.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.