Architects have a language that many people find strange and cryptic. A plethora of terms, acronyms and abbreviations specifically related to the process of architecture and construction. Some would say we got tired of writing the same word over and over again on our documents and opted for our own shorthand for annotating drawings. From that point on it was downhill resulting in an architectural dialect of overused acronyms and abbreviations that could possibly classify us as a new form of life.
A.I.T. - someone that has completed their academic training at an accredited institute of higher education and is working in an architectural firm to complete their internship period towards professional registration.
A.D.A. - Was established as a standard of building & site design to enable ease of access to those with physical challenges.
Punchlist - A list of construction corrective items, required to be completed or corrected, near the end of a project in order to finalize compliance with the contract terms and close-out the project. Typically a walk-through is performed by the: client, architect, engineers and project specialist responsible for preparing the construction documents.
A.C.A.R. Allowance Contingency Authorization Request
A.D.A. American Disabilities Act
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A.I.T. Architectural Intern in Training
A.R.E. Architectural Registration Exam
A.S.I. Architects Special Instructions
A.U.A. Allowance Use Authorization
C.D. Construction Documents
D.D. Design Development
I.D.P. Internship Development Program
I.P.D. Integrated Project Delivery
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N.C.A.R.B. National Council of Architectrual Registration
R.F.I. Request for Information
S.D. Schematic Design