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The term “Architectural plan”

The term “Architectural plan” can have multiple related meanings:

  • Plan for an architectural project
  • Documentation of written and graphic descriptions of the architectural elements of a building project including sketches, drawings and details. This effort could also include both the design of new buildings and other structures, as well as the planning for reconstruction of early historic structures.
  • architectural design
  • Floor plan
  • Scale drawing of a structure, for example “the architectural plans for City Hall were on file”


This article will focus on the general meaning of architectural plan as a plan and documentation for a building project.

Architectural plan aspects

Main article: building

building is a man-made structure with a roof and walls standing more or less permanently in one place. Buildings come in a variety of shapes, sizes and functions, and have been adapted throughout history for a wide number of factors, from building materials available, to weather conditions, to land prices, ground conditions, specific uses and aesthetic reasons. To better understand the term building compare the list of nonbuilding structures. The gallery below gives an overview of different types of building.





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