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Aimed at facilitating collaboration in international contexts, the dictionary is available in nine languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Hungarian, Greek and Bulgarian. It has the potential for further extensions in the future.

Anyone involved in managing or working on a building project knows that is only successful if we can understand each other and communicate effectively. Archidict is a response to this fundamental need. The illustrative multilingual dictionary, supported by CIAT, can provide translations, illustrations and pronunciation of technical terminology, supporting architectural and construction projects.

Currently, the 10th language is a universal one: the 3D illustrations derived from models of architectural buildings and structures. The technical illustrations, directly connected to the terminology, provide a clear path to understanding all of the topics.

The drawings act as the main medium to explain names, building techniques, materials and concepts. Additional interactive features, which were tested and fine-tuned in close collaboration with designers, teachers and students, help to build comprehension of the vocabulary.

Archidict has been designed for those who need to learn technical terms in their own, or other, languages. It will support professionals, students and educators by improving their knowledge and offering support in the form of a multilingual learning system. The aim is to encourage their mobility and capability to collaborate, work and study abroad in international contexts.

The dictionary can be accessed at

This article originally appeared in the Architectural Technology Journal (at) issue 137 published by CIAT in spring 2021.


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