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Architectural Styles

A Visual Guide

Robbie Polley, Margaret Fletcher


Every major architectural style in history, brilliantly rendered in specially commissioned drawings

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Architectural Styles is an incomparable guide to the histories and characteristics of building traditions across the centuries and around the globe. Modelled on an architect’s plein air sketchbook, it features hundreds of meticulous drawings by esteemed architectural illustrator Robbie Polley alongside detailed descriptions by Margaret Fletcher.

It begins with the earliest styles of the ancient civilizations – Egypt, Greece and Rome – before travelling through Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque and into the modern world via the panoply of 19th century revivalist styles. Also covered is the traditional architecture of China, India, Japan and Pre-Columbian America. A final section gathers together key architectural elements from different periods – columns, towers, doorways, windows.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 23.0 x 18.0 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Publication date: 13 May 2021

ISBN: 9780500343647

Contents List

Introduction • Ancient and Classical • Medieval and Renaissance • Baroque to Art Nouveau • Modern to Contemporary

About the Author

Robbie Polley is a renowned architectural illustrator. His drawings have featured in thirty books, including Architecture Inside + Out, also published by Thames & Hudson. Margaret Fletcher is Associate Professor of Architecture at Auburn University.