Architecture is considered an art by virtue of the creative process by which it is created, which involves the coordination of multiple visual and structural elements to aesthetic effect. The architectural process usually begins with a sketch and ultimately ends with a facade to be viewed by the public. It is therefore similar to the process of creating a painting.
One key difference between architecture and more conventional forms of art is that architecture has to obey safety and municipal guidelines, as well as serve a functional purpose.
Architecture, like art, makes use of the sensory elements to enhance its design. These elements are color, shape, line, texture, dark and light space. Architects can also use emotional states and mood properties to further increase the aesthetics of the building, like art.