Architectural Styles: A Visual Guide

Architectural Styles by Owen Hopkins and published by Laurence King in September 2014 makes extensive use of photographs to identify and explain the characteristic features of nearly 300 buildings.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Gothic and Gothic Revival, or how to distinguish between Baroque and Neoclassical? This guide will answer those questions for you and help you to identify key western architectural styles from many different periods of history.

How the book works:
Nine chapters generally follow established periods or bodies of architecture. Within them each individual ‘style’ is conceived according to shared formal characteristics, geography, broad cultural trends, movements or ideologies – or any combination thereof. The focus is predominantly visual; while each ‘style’ receives a short introduction, six key characteristics are identified through captioned photographs. These range from the use of a distinctive window type or decorative moulding to materials or the particular ideas underlying the conception of a ‘style’. In this way the book acts as both a reference point and something that is more instructive.

Owen Hopkins works for the Architecture Programme at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He is the author of Reading Architecture: A Visual Lexicon (Laurence King, 2012).