Term Definition
Quadrant 0 likes
When a circle is divided into four parts, each part is a quadrant
A solid instrument used to tighten and join the a Dutch door’s higher and lower leaves
A device that is used to determine altitudes
Quadrel 0 likes
A tile that is square in shape; a dispute
Quadrilateral 0 likes
A figure that has four sides
Quadripartite 0 likes
Composed of four pieces or components; quadripartite vaulting is the most popular form of groined as well as ribbed vaulting
Quadriphonic 0 likes
Noise that is copied and conveyed via four transmission channels
Quadrisect 0 likes
To split into four, generally equal, components
Quadruplex Cable 0 likes
Cable with or made up with four wires
Quag 0 likes
Wetland or bog
Quagmire 0 likes
A mushy sodden or soggy place that falls away when walked upon
Quake 0 likes
A seismic shift or disturbance
Qualified 0 likes
Person or group with a certified degree, qualification, or professional reputation; or who by vast knowledge, training and experience, has successfully displayed the ability to recognize and correct problems related to a particular project undertaking or subject matter
Qualified Historical Building (Or Structure) 1 like
Any structure or structures considered significant to the history, architecture or culture of a place by a relevant local or state governmental authority; embraces structures of national, state or local historical records or formal inventories, such as the National Register of Historic Places, State Points of Historical Interest, and historical or architecturally important sites and places or landmarks in city or county registers or records
Quality 0 likes
The extent to which a level of skill or achievement is attained
Quality Control 0 likes
Measures that are deployed to guarantee that standards are maintained in the manufacture of products and in the work undertaken on site
Quantity 0 likes
The capacity of an object or tangible commodity such as its weight or volume
Quantity Survey 0 likes
Comprehensive record or register of all materials, equipment, and services required to finalize an undertaking
Quantity Surveyor 0 likes
An individual charged with the responsibility of determining measures and expenses for building purposes; See Quantity Survey
Quantum 0 likes
A wished for or agreed figure
Quarrel 0 likes
An equal sided object, especially a piece of glass, placed at right angles, such as a diagonally-shaped frame; otherwise known as a quarrel pane
The area within a frame organized for coating
Quarry 0 likes
Accessible site to enable the collection and dispatching of material and objects such as stones; a deep trench holding rocks
Quarry Bed 0 likes
Perimeter or periphery of part of construction stone alongside the organic seams
Quarry Tile 0 likes
Manually produced or manufactured clay tile that enhances surfaces of a property; generally 6 by 6 by ¼ inches thick; a sizeable, completed, clay floor tile, generally not glazed
Quarry-Faced 0 likes
Stone with a coarse front such as a piece cut out of the pit
Quarter Bend 0 likes
An attachment to a pipe used for clearing refuse that forms an upright or perpendicular angle
Quarter Drop Match 0 likes
See Set Match
Quarter Hollow 0 likes
A cavetto or cupped sculpting where the fashioning of the diagonal piece sits at approximately 90 degrees, counter to the quarter circle, or ovolo
Quarter Round 0 likes
A compact formation containing a portion of a quadrant
Quarter Width 0 likes
Part of a yard measurement pertaining to carpet or loom breadths; age-old European carpet was woven in widths of 27 inches or 3/4 yards
Quartersawed Lumber 0 likes
Commercial wood with grains along the side
Quartz 0 likes
Crystalline silica; a solid delicate substance that cracks and splinters and is generally clear, and colorless, or possibly white, pink, and amethystine tone or appearance
Quartzite 0 likes
Hard sandstone composed of approximately 98 percent silica augmented by quartz
Quasi Contract 0 likes
Implementation of legally binding stipulations upon individuals or groups that have no contractual tie
Quatrefoil 0 likes
Round component in Gothic decorative design with four edges
Quay 0 likes
A construction alongside the shore of a passage of water that is used as a docking point
Queen 0 likes
A bisected brick formed by dividing a complete brick longitudinally as for a corner in a soldier course
Half a brick that stops upright joints collapsing
Queen Anne 0 likes
The design and furniture mode of England, under Dutch dominance, throughout the brief rule of Anne, 1702-1714
Queen Closer 0 likes
Slab of brick split or divided from top to bottom
Queen Truss 0 likes
A beam or support bordered by queen structures
Quenching 0 likes
Process of increasing the resilience of steel by placing it in cold water
Fast cooling of metal with the application of heat
Quick Assets 0 likes
Personal belongings able to be sold for money
Presently held possessions with no inventory
Quick Burst 0 likes
The internal forces needed to crack open a pipe or connection as a result of inward pressure escalation, generally within one to one and a half minutes
Quick Drying 0 likes
A product that dries at a fast rate
Quick Fix 0 likes
A fast but frequently poor and ineffectual response to a dilemma; a Band-Aid response
Quick Set 0 likes
See Flash Set
A mixture that moistens before dehydrating in gypsum wallboard connectors; also called Fast Set
Quick-Connect Coupling 1 like
quick-connect coupling
Apparatus which allows simple and quick joining of two fluid lines
Quicklime 0 likes
The initial hard material Calcium Oxide that results by heating or melting limestone and that cultivates immense heat and is easily broken apart when tempered with water; lime; prior to its application in building, it is vital that quicklime is quenched in water and matured for a minimum of fourteen days
Quicksand 0 likes
Loose material that is stopped from settling and combining together as a result of surface water rising
Saturated unnatural soil so lacking in substance that it will not uphold any weight
Quicksilver 0 likes
Quiet Title Action 0 likes
Legal action implemented to dismiss an assertion of ownership or entitlement to a property
Quincunx 0 likes
The placement of five pieces whereby four are in the corners and one is located the intersecting point in the middle, akin to a dice or a five playing card, utilized to plant trees in the ground
Quintefoil 0 likes
Round component in Gothic decorative design with five edges
Quirk 0 likes
A trench or canal dividing two components of a sculpture or formation
Quitclaim Deed 0 likes
A form of contractual dispensation that includes words pertaining to acquisition and discharge; it does not offer an assurance of ownership
Quoin 0 likes
Pillars or mainstays built on the outside angle of a construction; block masonry or brick that protrude from the walls at the edges of a building for decorative purposes
Quonset 0 likes
Ready-made metal construction with a half-circle ridged roof
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Three Top Characteristics of A Successful Architect

commercial architectureArchitecture is a lucrative, competitive industry. The successful architect must be creative, efficient, attentive to details, and able to operate under strict budgets and looming project deadlines. Commercial architects must be even more disciplined and organized than architects in the residential sector. We will discuss the top three characteristics of a successful architect to stand out and move ahead of the in the commercial architecture industry.

1. Creativity

Perhaps the most critical characteristic of a successful architect is creativity. As a successful architect, your creative ideas must also be practical and achievable within specific deadlines, defined budgets and meet your client’s expectations. You may have designed the best 17th century inspired office building complete with moat and drawbridge, but the reality is that it will most likely never see the light of day in the real world. You must combine creativity with conservative, practical, and modern design techniques that will not only meet the demand and the intended purpose of the building project, but also financial projections and client satisfaction. In essence, a quality you must possess to be a successful architect is what can only be defined as “controlled creativity”. As an architect, you are rarely going to be given a blank check and complete creative license over a project. The key is to walk the fine line between creative, practical, and budget considerations. Once you master this critical skill, you will be a much more professional,  productive architect.

2. Organization

A top-tier successful architect must understand and demonstrate organization. With all of the project details, client requests, budget constraints, building codes, project deadlines, and last minute updates and changes, organization is absolutely critical. Even with modern technologies such as tablets, smart phones, and modern software, a successful architect must be organized and detail oriented in all facets of the project from start to finish. This is especially true in commercial architecture. Businesses and corporations tend to be less flexible with time schedules and budgets than residential customers. The old adage “time is money” has never been more important when dealing with a commercial property client. Impeccable organization is a key to ensuring each project is completed on time, within the budget, and to the client’s satisfaction.

3. Communication

A successful architect must be well spoken and professional in presentations and interactions with potential and current clients. To be more specific, by communicating details assertively, ensuring mutual understanding, and reaching clear agreements, you will mitigate unnecessary conflict and promote healthy client relationships. Your clients will be more receptive to your ideas when your verbal and written communication skills are sharp and professional. Excellent communication skills will impact your ability to sell your services to prospective clients, and promote your clients’ faith in you as a professional in your field. Take advantage of the opportunity to employ your communication skills in writing.  Network with other architects via online forums and blogs dedicated to modern design to stay informed of the trends in architecture as a whole. Make sure you use these media to learn as much as you can each and every day about the architecture industry.  You will then stay on top of changing industry standards, changes in building materials, and modern design trends. We have discussed the most important qualities of a successful architect in this article. Obviously these qualities are not the only deciding factors in a successful architecture career, whether residential or commercial, but they are the most important qualities to adopt, possess, and improve upon every day to insure a lasting career in architecture. If you combine the three top qualities of a successful architect that we have talked about in this article, you are on track to a meaningful, inspirational, and successful career.

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