term "parti pris," usually shortened to "parti," literally translates as "departure point," but in architect lingo it most often refers to the project design's big idea. It signifies an architect's overall guiding idea for a design. As such, a parti typically has less to do with technical, financial
with a parti pris, it's typically better when it does. The overall guiding idea, or departure point, can strengthen the final outcome, as the design won't become confused.
An architect will typically tell you up front what the parti is for the design. If not, make sure to ask. It's one way of making
The parti pris, or big idea, could be about the house becoming transparent and framing views. A horizontally composed linear band draws the eye inward in this one, while a vertical totem