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Architecture 101

Everything you need to know about Architecture, on a single page


Black and white 19th century portrait of large man with a mustache.

Portrait of architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham, circa 1890s

Photo of D.H. Burnham, c. 1890s, by Hedrich Blessing Collection/Chicago History Museum/Getty Images Triangular Flatiron building skyscraper in NYC was designed by David Burnham, 1902

David Burnham's 1902 Flatiron (Fuller) Building at 23rd Street, Broadway and Fifth Avenue, NYC

Photo of D.H. Burnham, c. 1890s, by Hedrich Blessing Collection/Chicago History Museum/Getty Images

The basics are simple—architecture is about people, places, and things. This page is your introduction to the world of architecture. Discover great buildings and structures, learn about famous builders and designers, and see how our buildings have changed through history.

Historic Periods and Styles
Take a guided tour through architectural history. The Architecture Timeline leads you to articles, photographs, and Web sites that feature great buildings and structures, from prehistoric to modern times.

Tallest Buildings in the World
Which buildings truly scrape the sky? This chart shows statistics of the world's tallest buildings, with more than 100 skyscrapers compared, including several skyscrapers still under construction.

Great Buildings & Structures
Use this directory to find a favorite structure or learn about new buildings. Facts and photos for the world's most famous buildings are organized by building type. Browse for great bridges, arches, towers, skyscrapers, castles, domes, monuments, and much more.

Architects From A to Z
Who are the famous, infamous, and not so well-known architects throughout history? Choose from over 100 biographies of the world's most famous architects and designers. Most of the profiles have links to their works.

Construction Facts: How Buildings Work
What makes buildings, towers, bridges, and other structures stand up... or fall down? For anyone who is curious about the basic principles of construction, these articles provide fun and easy engineering facts.

Guide to American Homes, 1600 - Present
Find features and photos for favorite housing styles in North America, from Georgian Colonial up through modern times. This two-page directory is itself a course in residential architecture.

Architecture Destinations
Travel is a great way to learn about architecture. Browse this directory for great buildings by country, and explore national and cultural influences in building design. Included are links for structures in Europe, Asia, the United Kingdom, Africa, India, Canada, the United States, and other regions. Links to the international works of architects such as Zaha Hadid and Odile Decq are also included.

Architecture Glossaries: Explaining Terms, Understanding Vocabulary
AIA after your architect's name? Is your best friend into Blobitecture? Find acronyms, the names of building parts, and other important words in our two-part illustrated dictionary.

Research Architecture Online
Most people (even Brad Pitt) who begin to learn about architecture quickly become hooked. Stay online to keep learning about the new and old all around you. Use this page to find online resources for your research paper or project related to architecture and building design.

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