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The Visual Dictionary of Architecture

The Visual Dictionary of Architecture

by Gavin Ambrose

Gavin Ambrose is an author, educator and practicing graphic designer whose client base includes the art sector, galleries, publishers and advertising agencies. He has written and designed numerous books on graphic design, branding and packaging. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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, Paul Harris

Paul Harris is a freelance writer and editor whose work appears extensively in magazines and journals in the US and UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Sally Stone

Sally Stone is an academic, writer and designer. She is the leader of the college of Continuity in Architecture, an Atelier for post-graduate teaching and research based in Manchester School of Architecture, UK, where she also leads the MA Architecture and Heritage course. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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AVA Publishing SA, 2008
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781350096462
  • ISBN:
    978-1-3500-9646-2 (online)

    978-2-940373-54-3 (paperback)

    978-2-9404-4706-0 (epdf)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    Lausanne
  • Published Online:
    2018
The Visual Dictionary of Architecture
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The Visual Dictionary of Architecture is a comprehensive guide to the numerous terms associated with, and used within, the field of architecture.

Over 250 architectural terms are explained and contextualised in this handy text, with concise definitions accompanied by illustrations and examples taken from historical and contemporary architecture.

The dictionary covers traditional terms still in current usage, as well as modern terminology such as blobitecture and McMansion. It also defines a wide variety of practical terms, such as belfry, cladding and rotunda, and movements and styles including Deconstructivism, Functionalism and Modernism.