Architecture- Vocabulary

Level: Intermediate

Topic: Buildings & construction

Grammar Topic: Vocabulary

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Architecture vocabulary
Brainstorm at least two pieces of vocabulary into each of the categories below:

People associated with buildings

Materials associated with buildings

Equipment that architects use

Parts of a room

Parts of a house or flat

Parts of a building

Types of house

Types of other buildings

Things architects do and produce

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011

Match the groups of words below to the categories above. 

Floor

Ceiling

Socket

Air conditioning

Double glazing

Handle

Fitted kitchen

Open-plan dining room/ kitchen

Balcony

Playground

(Roof top) terrace

Veranda

Ground floor/ First floor

Fire escape

Lift/ Elevator

Bicycle racks

Basement/ Cellar

Roof

Foundation

Mezzanine

Penthouse

Sewage

Communal area

Lobby

Gate

Partition wall

Window cleaning cradle

Skylight

Detached house

Semi-detached house

Terraced house

Bungalow

Cottage

Mansion

Block of flats/ Apartment building

Old people’s home/ Nursing home

Care home

Community centre

Multi storey car park

Skyscraper

Luxury flats/ Condo

Shopping centre/ Mall

Studio flats

Health centre/ clinic

Hospital

Department store

Public building

Brick

Reinforced concrete

Tile

Stone

Wood

Nails

Glue

Paint

Plaster

Wallpaper

Plywood

Insulation

Screw

CAD programmes

Pen tablet

Set square

Ruler

Protractor

Rubber/ Eraser

Foam/ Styrofoam

Automatic pencil/ Mechanical pencil

Compass

GPS

Surveying equipment

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011

Plan

Drawing

Sketch

3D model

Doodle

Blueprint

Concierge

Security guard

Builder

Bricklayer

Surveyor

Site manager

Landscape architect

Plumber

Electrician

Civil engineer

Interior designer

Decorator

Carpenter

Electrician

Safety inspector

Roofer

Plasterer

Architectural engineer

Choose one of the words above that you know and explain which one you are thinking of  
without using any part of its name until your partner works out which one you are talking  
about. 

Useful language

You can find it…
It’s used for…
It’s (usually/ always) made of…

What are the differences between the words divided by dashes (/)?

Which categories from above are and aren’t useful for you to talk about your work?

In the categories which are useful, which words are and aren’t useful?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011