Materials every architecture student must know

So here in this article, we’ve mentioned the materials that should be the part of every architect’s vocabulary– we have described them in detail.

So that you can get familiar with the concepts but the others might be unknown.

Have you ever heard a Linguistics professor teach you the importance of Vocabulary?

Or even the Business professionals who encourage you to be perfect with the business terms when it comes to knowing the professional terms?

As you might have to interact with the professionals and use professional terms.


Materials are as follows:

Concrete wall
  • Concrete: The most widely used material by the architects, is a starting material however it also does contain some environmental impacts.
  • It is a construction material that consists of cement, fine sand and coarse aggregates mixed with water which hardens with time. Portland cement is often produce in the production of concrete. Concrete technology deals with the study of properties of concrete and its practical applications.


  • It is a versatile material as many versatile qualities such as- High strength for its weight, Workability, and aesthetic appeal and wood. It has many undesirable characteristics as well as it can get burn and decompose.
  • In order to ensure the quality one must plant or produce the best possible wood quality in the forest.
  • It is vital to understand the complex nature of its material and such understanding is possible by a study of the structure.


  • The combination of iron and carbon and is the most used material for building the world’s infrastructure and industries. As an example of its relative importance, in 2013 the world’s raw steel production was about 1.6 billion tons.
  • Properties of steel: Iron- The major component of steel is iron, a metal that in its pure state is not much harder than copper. Carbon steel is define as steel with carbon content up to 2.1% by weight.

Plastic material and its properties:

  • Plastic: Sometimes plastic is define as a cheap, unsustainable material to some, but one should not be so quick to judge the possibilities that plastic holds.
  • Plastics have revolutionized many industries for a number of different reasons.
  • The fact that they resist environmental degradation overtime is generally safe for human beings are economical and widely available.
    • Polyethylene terephthalate (PETE or PET)
    • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
    • Polycarbonate (PC)
    • Acrylic (PMMA)


  • It is use over generations in certain geographical locations around the world, the stone has a wide diversity of textures, colors, and strengths. Despite its heavy, solid materiality, one still works with it to achieve diverse forms.
  • Textile: Textiles can be made from many materials. These materials come from four main sources such as Animal( Wool, Silk), Plant( Cotton, flax, jute), mineral( asbestos. Glass fiber), and synthetic( nylon, polyester, acrylic). A textile woven material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibers often referred to as thread or yarn.

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