Design Guidelines

Following are traditional architecture design guidelines. They may be carefully circumvented by an experienced traditional architect hoping to achieve a certain effect. However, if you are unsure, it’s best to follow them.

Perhaps William Lidwell stated it best in his book Universal Principles of Design:

“The best designers sometimes disregard the principles of design. When they do so, however, there is usually some compensating merit attained at the cost of the violation. Unless you are certain of doing as well, it is best to abide by the principles.”


Feel free to come back often as this list will be added to and updated on a regular basis!

  1. Subdivide, Subdivide
  2. Balance and Symmetry
  3. Focal Points and Framing Mechanisms
  4. Openings (windows, doors, etc.)
  5. Vertically Align Load Bearing Components
  6. Top Light, Bottom Heavy
  7. Avoid Recessed Balconies
  8. Anchor Abutting Elements
  9. Urban Planning