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(pronounced seh-RA-mihk MEH-tuhl HAY-leyed) Not too long ago, the technology for ceramic metal halide lamps came on the scene. What once was new and in short supply, is now readily available and frequently specified. These lamps developed as

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(pronounced ser-TIH-feh-keht uv AH-kyu-pan-see) A must-have if you or your client wants to move into their new digs. No papers, no occupancy. The certificate is issued by a local city building department to a contractor, landlord, and/or tenant after

CEU
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(pronounced like the initials: see-ee-yu) The acronym for Continuing Education Unit, usually measured in hours — i.e., one unit equals one hour of instruction. Most professional organizations within the A&D industry require a certain number of CEUs to maintain

CFA
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(pronounced like the initials: see-eff-ay) Those in the business world recognize this as an acronym for Certified Financial Analyst, but we designers know that it really stands for Cutting For Approval, a vital tool in our crazy biz. Since

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(pronounced sheh-GRIN) Chagrin is an odd-sounding, versatile word. Though you can use it as a verb, it is most commonly used as a noun, and it means the distress one feels when beset by disappointment, failure or humiliation. Sad,

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(pronounced SHAZE-lon(g)) No, we’re not dyslexic. That last word isn’t supposed to be spelled l-o-u-n-g-e, though it’s common to see it – and hear it – that way. This is another one of those French terms, and it translates

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(pronounced CHAYNJ OR-der) “Ch-ch-ch-ch-chaaannges…” (Sorry. Couldn’t resist a little Ex. 1: A retail developer might decide that she wants to add a fountain at the entrance of her shopping mall to attract more customers, which results in additional design,

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(pronounced CHAN-nehl bak) Channel-back is an adjective used to describe the upholstery technique used on chairs, sofas, headboards and footboards to create deep, vertical sections of

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(pronounced shah-RET) The “ette” part of this word gives it away as French, no? Depending on whether or not you work well under stress, the lovely word charette can strike fear in the hearts of those who hear it, for

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(pronounced shuh-NEEL) This word does double-duty as it describes both the yarn and the fabric made from the yarn. The name chenille comes from the French word for caterpillar as the two share a fuzzy appearance and are soft