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Architects and Architectural Design Part 1: Architectural Styles

Part one of a series on architects and architectural design focuses on architectural styles.

What is Architectural Style?

Architectural Style is a Fusion of Form and Function | 480-710-3861

According to this excerpt from Wikipedia.Org, “An architectural style is characterized by the features that make it notable. A style may include such elements as form, method of construction, materials, and regional character. Most architecture can be classified as a chronology of styles which changes over time reflecting changing fashions, beliefs and religions, or the emergence of new ideas, technology or materials which make new styles possible. Styles therefore emerge from the history of a society and are documented in the subject of architectural history. At any time several styles may be fashionable, and when a style changes it usually does so gradually, as architects learn and adapt to new ideas. The new style is sometimes only a rebellion against an existing style, such as post-modernism (means “after modernism”) which has in recent years found its own language and split into a number of styles with other names. [READ MORE]

All architecture is a combination of form and function.  Some architecture has become iconic.  Look at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York. One key axiom of modern architecture is that form is secondary to function. In other words, the architect must design a building that does what it supposed to.  A library for example has different needs than say a data center or a fine arts museum

The Balancing Act: An Architect and the Roles He Plays

An architect does more than just create some blueprints.  Usually an architect is involved at every stage of the process, and can be an administrator, a financial expert, and other areas that people don’t realize.  Our next article will explore these roles in more depth.

And what of architectural style? Remember, that unless you have given an architect carte blanche, you will always have the final say of how your building is going to look.

This concludes part one of our series.  For more information on architects and architectural design, be sure to read part two and part three as well.

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