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The Six Principles of Architecture

Mon, July 13th, 2020

The Six Principles of Architecture

Spectacular structures, monuments and landmarks throughout history have been created in awe-inspiring fashion. Believe it or not, they all have something in common. Architects throughout history have implemented six fundamental principles that are essential for designing and creating amazing structures.

In this blog, we'll explain what these six principles are and why they are so important.


As we know, symmetry is the reflection of shared forms, shapes or angles across a central line or point called the axis. In other words, components that mirror each other. Symmetry allows the building to come together as a unified whole. Dating back to ancient Greek and Roman times, they claimed that a sense of calm and rational order would exude from symmetrical buildings.


Also known as "order of architecture", order architecture represents a multitude of styles from classical or neoclassical styles that are defined by the particular type of column and entablature they use as a basic unit. The column supports the upper horizontal part of the building.


In architecture, arrangement means the division of the entire terrain on which a building is erected. It's not enough to have the main building property arranged, but other dependent structures and their functions must be considered and situated correctly in accordance to the main building.


A proprietary design or technique is one that is owned by a company. It also implies that the company has not divulged specifications that would allow other companies to duplicate the product.

Increasingly, proprietary architectures are seen as a disadvantage. Consumers prefer open and standardized structures, which allow them to mix and match products from different manufacturers.


More applicable to commercial than residential, economic architecture refers to how each building affects and fits into its surroundings. For example, historical buildings throughout history have delivered powerful statements through architecture. Oftentimes, with negative historical results.

Present-day economy architecture, in most cities, is about complementing the land and other buildings around it to enhance the ambiance and experience for customers or clientele.


Eurythmy is derived from Greece, meaning beautiful or harmonious rhythm. This term was used to describe harmonious proportions of a design or building by Ancient Greek and Roman architects.

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Amazingly, centuries have passed and architects all around the world still abide by these principles. Architects have paved the way for the development of original designs to be created.

South Florida Architecture has implemented these principles in our work while creating one of a kind designs pertinent to our customers' vision. We are here for all of your residential and commercial architectural needs... Let's Get Started!

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Sources: Britannica, Encyclopedia of Diderot & d' Alembert, Webopedia, archdaily