It’s October 9, 2008 and I’m unofficially coining two new terms today: Vernatecture and Vernatect.


Vernatecture: [ver-na-tek-cher] – The practice of designing buildings and other structures by unlicensed laymen designers and/or builders.

Vernatect: [ver-na-tekt] – An unlicensed laymen designer and/or builder who designs and/or builds buildings or other structures.

Word Origins:

Vernacular: In Latin vernaculus means “native” or “indigenous” language.

Architect: In Ancient Greek means “master builder.”

Verna+Tech would then logically mean Native Builder.

Back Story

It seemed to me that we needed these two new words to describe a very old area of architecture where unlicensed laymen design and build vernacular architecture. In theory these terms would encompass any non-architect that designs and builds structures including sheds and tiny houses.

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