Architecture is the activity of esigning and constructing buildings and other physical structures, primarily done to provide socially purposeful shelter. A wider definition often includes the design of the total built environment, from the macro level of how a building integrates with its surrounding man made landscape (see town planning, urban design, and landscape architecture) to the micro level of architectural or construction details and, sometimes, furniture. The term "architecture" is also used for the profession of providing architectural services.

Trivia about architecture

  • It's the sometimes high-"Pei-ing" art of designing & erecting buildings
  • "From Bauhaus to Our House" is Tom Wolfe's derisive attack on the modernist movement in this field
  • Paul Rudolph, longtime head of Yale's School of this, designed the building that houses it
  • Past winners of the Pritzker Prize for this include I.M. Pei & Frank Gehry
  • In 1979 Philip Johnson was the first winner of the Pritzker Prize in this field
  • From 1938 to 1952 Walter Gropius served as chairman of this department at Harvard
  • "The Chinese House from Courtyard to City" was a course offered in 2010 by this department
  • It's the job of designing buildings, from schools to stadiums
  • Philip Johnson called this field he worked in "The art of how to waste space"
  • Field in which Brunelleschi & Palladio worked during the Renaissance
  • Some distinguished figures in this field include Michael Graves, Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown