An Archetype of Architecture




Archetype, architecture, etymology, multidisciplinary, thematic classification


Architecture is the art, and science of the built environment, where a multidisciplinary approach is prevalent. The paper tends to clarify architecture and explain its etymological meaning for an architectural student, practicing professional architect, and academic person. The paper suggests an archetype model using a combination of various logical terminologies that lead to the design of exquisitely defined words in human history. The manuscript relates each principal keyword as self-expressive for ARCHITECTURE. The research is based on the literal analysis of diverse content that covers the wider scope and application of architecture in qualitative research design. The note-taking series from different manuscripts that identify key areas in the field of ARCHITECTURE and their corresponding connection with each acronym was studied. The emerging themes consist of various parameters and help make strong arguments for the archetype model. The twelve emerging themes have been mapped using the mind-mapping technique in network diagrams. In the end, an archetype is explained, linking the connection of all keywords that prioritize the link with different aspects of architecture. Each letter refers to a specific term as A- Anthropometry, R-Responsive, C-Construction, H-History, I-Inspiration, T-Technology, E-Environment, C-Culture, T-Transformation, U-Utility, R-Resources, E-Economy. The author took help from the literature to reinforce the concept. In the end, an archetype is explained, linking the connection of all keywords with different aspects of architecture. The views expressed in the manuscript are based on a review analysis of existing information in the architectural discipline. It was difficult to include expert opinions due to the limitation of time and cost, and a more rigorous study can be planned later. The paper is based on the framework to benefit architectural students, academic people, and practicing architects and professionals about the range of approaches in ARCHITECTURE. Besides many definitions to expound, elucidate and clarify Architecture, the paper is novel in the approach of explaining the word ARCHITECTURE from a diverse perspective. Each letter has been an acronym with a term covering all significant aspects.


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Author Biography

Asma Khalid, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore

Ms Asma Khalid is an architect and received her B.Arch. and M.Arch. from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore. Currently she is Assistant Professor and serving the academia in Department of Product and Industrial Design, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore. She designed courses at the newly established Department of Product and Industrial Design and have participated in organizing product design exhibitions with the aim to create a strong link between academics and industry. She is honoured of raising awareness about Climate Responsive Design in Pakistan, baseline her work with the existing best practices of International Energy Conservation Codes and ASHRAE thermal comfort standards.


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How to Cite

Khalid, A. (2022). An Archetype of Architecture. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 10(2), 503–529.