Definition of architecture in English:



mass noun
  • 1The art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.

    ‘schools of architecture and design’
    • ‘By then his creativity had expanded to incorporate architecture and town planning.’
    • ‘The award recognizes his collective works and his influence on the theory and practice of architecture.’
    • ‘It fosters high standards of planning and architecture in towns and cities.’
    • ‘His is an architecture of place, architecture that responds to the landscape and to the climate.’
    • ‘This panel has experts in town planning and architecture, and lawmakers.’
    • ‘Alberti's early architectural career is a good example of the gulf between the theory and practice of Renaissance architecture.’
    • ‘He has interests in urban planning, architecture and sustainability.’
    • ‘Also, my education is in architecture, not urban planning etc, so some guidance in this realm is desired…’
    • ‘A natural question comes up in the conversation: How closely are architecture and town planning related?’
    • ‘The steep, rocky hills and narrow coastline have influenced architecture and urban planning in Monaco.’
    • ‘She had no formal training in city planning or architecture, or even a college degree.’
    • ‘West Berlin became a forcing house for new ideas about urban architecture and planning.’
    • ‘It has terrific links to all sorts of things from architects and architecture to straw bale construction.’
    • ‘The primacy of maximum rentable square footage over city planning and architecture is not unique to this city.’
    • ‘The Greeks invented the science of geometry with practical applications in architecture in mind.’
    • ‘Leon Battista Alberti wrote that architecture had nothing to do with construction.’
    • ‘They reinforce the importance of urban planning and civic architecture and the need to bring them to the public realm.’
    • ‘Tom Low practices architecture and town planning in the Carolinas.’
    • ‘The slowdown in building has coincided with the first steps to conserve traditional architecture.’
    • ‘It stood out from all other houses because of its fine attention to detail in its designer architecture.’
    building design, planning, building, construction
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    1. 1.1 The style in which a building is designed and constructed, especially with regard to a specific period, place, or culture.
      ‘Georgian architecture’
      • ‘The Padmanabha Swamy temple is referred to as the best specimen of the Dravidian style of architecture found all over the State.’
      • ‘Why won't builders take the chance and build a house with stylish, modern architecture?’
      • ‘The city has been the crucible of modern urban architecture for two decades.’
      • ‘This building is a fine example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, a British Imperial hybrid.’
      • ‘The buildings resemble the architecture and facade style of an old west town.’
      • ‘The north concourse, believed to have the only original 1930s architecture of its kind in the country, was to be reopened.’
      • ‘The older sections of the city have a heavy baroque style whether for architecture, streets or epic park areas.’
      • ‘This was reflected in designs for a new style of architecture using lightweight materials and curved structures.’
      • ‘One thing is clear that this mosque is an early model of Indo-Islamic style of architecture.’
      • ‘A national modernism combined elements of folk architecture with new European styles.’
      • ‘Could the appalling 60s architecture of the town centre College really be adapted to become a hotel that visitors would want to stay in?’
      • ‘Modern architecture arrived as a result of an industrialization of production.’
      • ‘The other distinctive style of architecture is known as Manueline, after King Manuel I.’
      • ‘It had many styles of architecture, from ancient Egypt to Renaissance.’
      • ‘Here is a suburb where it has been deemed that modern architecture has no right to exist.’
      • ‘The architecture reflects the culture, lifestyle and historical development of the city, the professor said.’
      • ‘Haring was also important in the politics of Modern architecture in Germany.’
      • ‘The art deco movement became a dominant style in art, architecture and design during the 1920s and '30s.’
      • ‘The style of architecture is very clearly Tudor as is characterised by the flat arches and the shape of the roofs of the two towers.’
      • ‘The outside is Tudor style architecture in contrast to the ornamented Maori art inside.’
      • ‘Making an addition to it was clearly one of the most worrisome tasks in modern architecture.’
      • ‘This influence is seen in the rapid spread of the Gothic style of architecture in northern Spain, and in the introduction of Gregorian chant.’
      building style, design, structure, construction, framework
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  • 2The complex or carefully designed structure of something.

    ‘the chemical architecture of the human brain’
    • ‘Few presidents get to work on the very architecture of society and state.’
    • ‘Architectural analysis provides access to the global architecture of a plant and its spatiotemporal development.’
    • ‘To complete the picture researchers have been making efforts to reconstruct the architecture of complex tissues.’
    • ‘This paper provides the first exhaustive data set on the brittle structural architecture of the Lanterman Fault.’
    • ‘Today the basic front suspension architecture of a 2006 Mondeo is identical to that of a 1951 Consul.’
    • ‘It was during this time that he became interested in the architecture of complex proteins called enzymes.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the genetic architecture of quantitative traits is complex.’
    • ‘The problem was rendered still more refractory by the fact that they usually had little idea of the true architecture of the molecule they wanted to make.’
    • ‘The architecture of the human body is obviously wondrous but not infallible.’
    • ‘The architecture of entertainment has been shaped by the idea of immersion.’
    • ‘Our results add complexity to the genetic architecture of the foraging behavior of the honey bee.’
    • ‘This disparity creates an interesting dichotomy within the complex architecture of the album.’
    • ‘Based on the same architecture of the Focus C-Max, it has sliding rear doors.’
    • ‘The critical factor was the decentralized architecture of the Grokster and Morpheus software.’
    • ‘They are, or were, joists in the information architecture of towns and cities.’
    • ‘In short, what is the chemical architecture of the brain and the mind that emerges from it?’
    1. 2.1 The conceptual structure and logical organization of a computer or computer-based system.
      • ‘Von Neumann architecture required that a computer do one thing, then the next, and on through the program.’
      • ‘In other words, operating systems based on this architecture have much smaller kernels.’
      • ‘Data classification involves the mapping of data to a logical and physical architecture.’
      • ‘Sun, traditionally a company that revolved around hardware, is now turning in earnest to architecture and software, he said.’
      • ‘The new Unix boxes and Fujitsu mainframe systems are to incorporate the same architecture, the company says.’
      • ‘Process management in Linux relies greatly on the hardware architecture.’
      • ‘The bus architecture will enable different components on the same ‘system on a chip’ to work together.’
      • ‘The obvious query is how far a shared memory architecture will affect the performance.’
      • ‘It can only be done if we build a fully distributed architecture.’
      • ‘Both specifications are part of an existing Web services architecture laid out by Microsoft.’
      • ‘However, later in his career he also became interested in computer architecture.’
      • ‘A combination of hardware and software architecture will enable this functionality.’
      • ‘There is a paradigm shift between open systems and mainframe architecture.’
      • ‘The database architecture is based on dataset components linked to data sources via provider and resolver interfaces.’
      • ‘The open system architecture ensures that the systems can be upgraded and extended.’
      • ‘The libraries then take care of the details of mapping it to the super computer architecture.’
      • ‘The system architecture is readily scalable to the largest enterprise network environments.’
      • ‘He said the computer networking architecture at the heart of the system needed more time for development.’
      • ‘To effect these changes, new research in supercomputing architecture is also needed.’
      • ‘Yes, the development of the graphics subsystem architecture is also going very fast.’
      structure, construction, form, formation, shape, composition, organization, layout, design, build, anatomy, make-up, constitution
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Mid 16th century: from Latin architectura, from architectus (see architect).