in terms of form
, time period, region, etc. It overlaps with, and emerges from the study of the evolution and history of architecture. In architectural history
, the study of Gothic architecture
, for instance, would include all aspects of the cultural context that went into the design and construction of these structures. Architectural style is a way of classifying architecture that gives emphasis to characteristic features of design, leading to a terminology such as Gothic "style".
The Victoria and Albert Museum maintains an interactive online microsite with an introductory overview of ten architectural styles grouped in four clusters:
Pre-history to the present
- White, Norval; Elliott Willensky (2000). AIA Guide to New York. 4th, New York: Random House. ISBN 0812931076.
- Lewis, Philippa; Gillian Darley (1986). Dictionary of Ornament, NY: Pantheon
- Baker, John Milnes, AIA (1994) American House Styles, NY: Norton