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The World's Greatest Buildings - H. J. Cowan; Bronwyn Hanna; John Haskell; Deborah Malor
Call Number: 720.9 COW
ISBN: 9780737000825
Publication Date: 2000-09-01

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The Seventy Wonders of the Modern World - Neil Parkyn (Editor)
Call Number: 720.9 SEV
ISBN: 9780500510476
Publication Date: 2002-11-01

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Great Architecture of the World - Peter Blake; R. Buckminster Fuller (Introduction by)
Call Number: 720.9 GRE
ISBN: 0394498879
Publication Date: 1975-01-01

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Leonardo Da Vinci - Francesca Romeo
Call Number: 709.2 ROM
ISBN: 9781934545003
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
With reproductions of art masterpieces in full color, this book examines the life and art of Leonardo da Vinci and focuses on the cultural developments of the era in which da Vinci lived.

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Leonardo da Vinci - Jack Wasserman
Call Number: 709.2 WAS
ISBN: 9780810991309
Publication Date: 2003-11-11

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At Home - Bill Bryson
Call Number: 643 BRY
ISBN: 9780767919388
Publication Date: 2010-10-05

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1001 Inventions - National Geographic Editors; Salim T. S. Al-Hassani (Editor)
Call Number: 609 ONE
ISBN: 9781426209345
Publication Date: 2012-02-28

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Ancient Greece - Don Nardo
Call Number: 938 ANC
ISBN: 073770425X
Publication Date: 2000-02-01

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The Architecture of Castles - R. Allen Brown
Call Number: 725 BRO
ISBN: 081601146X
Publication Date: 1920-01-01

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A Medieval Castle - Gail Jarrow
Call Number: 728.8 JAR
ISBN: 0737720700
Publication Date: 2004-10-01

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Backgrounds to English Literature - Patrick Lee-Browne
Call Number: 0816051259
ISBN: 0816051259
Publication Date: 2003-03-01

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China - Milton W. Meyer
Call Number: 954 MEY
ISBN: 0822630338
Publication Date: 1994-06-28

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Culture and Customs of China - Richard Gunde
Call Number: 951 GUN
ISBN: 0313308764
Publication Date: 2001-10-30

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Ecoarchitecture - Christina Fisanick
Call Number: 720 ECO
ISBN: 9780737739961
Publication Date: 2008-06-06

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Sustainability - Anne Maczulak
Call Number: 338.9 MAC
ISBN: 9780816072019
Publication Date: 2009-10-01

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Exploring the Life, Myth, and Art of India - Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
Call Number: 954 RAM
ISBN: 9781435856158
Publication Date: 2009-08-01

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A Guide to Old American Houses 1700-1900 - Henry Lionel Williams
Call Number: 728.0973 WIL
ISBN: 498097916
Publication Date: 1962

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Homebuilding and Woodworking in Colonial America - C. Keith Wilbur
Call Number: 694 WIL
ISBN: 1564400190
Publication Date: 1992-06-01

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The Missions of San Antonio - The Alamo Press
Call Number: 976 GUE
Publication Date: 1982

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The Urban Spectator - Eric Gordon
Call Number: 307.76 GOR
ISBN: 9781584658030
Publication Date: 2010-02-09

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Up from Zero - Paul Goldberger
Call Number: 725.23 GOL
ISBN: 1400060176
Publication Date: 2004-09-07

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A History of Western Art - Antony Mason; John T. Spike (Editor)
Call Number: 709 MAS
ISBN: 9780810994218
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Traces the history of Western art, profiling influential artists, trends, movements, and pieces from prehistoric times to the present, with color renditions of key works.

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Gothic Art - Jessica Gunderson
Call Number: 709.02 GUN
ISBN: 9781583416105
Publication Date: 2008-07-01

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Islamic Arts - Jonathan Bloom; Sheila S. Blair
Call Number: 700.88 BLO
ISBN: 9780714831763
Publication Date: 1997-04-24

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Mesopotamia: The World's Earliest Civilization - Kathleen Kuiper (Editor)
Call Number: 935 KUI
ISBN: 9781615301126
Publication Date: 2010-08-15

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The Ornament of the World - MarĂ­a Rosa Menocal
Call Number: 946 MEN
ISBN: 9780316168717
Publication Date: 2003-04-02


Architectural TIme Periods

    Neolithic Architecture - 9500 B.C (Also known as The New Stone Age)

Pottery was first introduced in this age, as well as the development of tools for hunting, building and cooking. The neolithic peoples in the Levant, Anatolia, Syria, northern Mesopotamia and Central Asia were great builders, utilizing mud-brick to construct houses and villages. Houses were plastered and painted with elaborate scenes of humans and animals.

University of North Carolina - Pembroke

University of Washington

Foster Art Program  

Ancient Mediterranean - 3000 B.C – 300(?) B.C.
This period covers the Ancient Civilizations of Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and The Byzantine Empire.

University of North Carolina - Pembroke

Sam Houstin State University

Islamic Architecture - 600 A.D.- 1700s

Influences of Moorish, Abbasid Caliphate, Fatimid, Mamluk, Persian, Azerbaijani, Turkistan, Ottoman, Indo-Islamic, Sino-Islamic, Indonesian-Malay, Sahelian-Islamic, and the Somali-Islamic architectures. The principal Islamic architectural types are: the Mosque, the Tomb, the Palace and the Fort.

Islamic Arts and Architecture

Columbia University 


Africa - 2000 B.C. – 1000 A.D.

The architecture of Africa is remarkably diverse because each of these African ethno-linguistic tribes has had their own architectural traditions throughout history. These entire region share a common theme that defines traditional African architecture: The use of fractal scaling: small parts of the structure tend to look similar to larger parts, such as a circular village made of circular houses. African architecture uses a wide range of materials, such as thatch, stick/wood, mud, mud brick, rammed earth, and stone, and other more perishable material.

 University of Pittsburgh

University of Wisconsin

Asia - 5000 B.C. – 300 A.D.

Persian architecture, this age comprises of all four corners of Asia. It encompasses a wide variety of geographically and historically spread structures, each to their own details and religious deities.

 State University of New York - New Paltz


Asian Historical Architecture

Pre-Columbian - 2000 B.C. – 1600 A.D.

Santa Rosa Junior College


University of Idaho


St. Vincent College


Villanova University

Northern Arizona University


Arizona State University

Ancient North America influences

Art History Resources  

Medieval Period - 500 A.D. to 1600s (Middle Ages)


World History Site


State University of New York - Oneonta


University of Colorado

Renaissance Era

 Columbia University 

Colonial - 16th – 20th Centuries

Baroque (elaborate and over-designed)

Columbia University

Classicism (symmetry and proportion)

Boston College

Revivalism (revival of an architectural era)

Historic New England

Orientalism (Imitation of Eastern Cultures)

Iowa State University

Art Nouveau (organic forms and structures)

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Early Modern - 1900 – 1940s


Miami Dade College

Art Deco

Bryn Mawr College  

International Style

Columbia University 

Think of old Hollywood, Silver Screen at its peak


Contemporary Architecture - 1950s – Present

Regionalism (sense of placelessness)

Harvard University

Postmodern Architecture (diverse and innovative aesthetics)

College of Charleston

Deconstructive Architecture (fragmentation and controlled chaos)

Yale University

 The newest addition to this period is Green Architecture, also known as Sustainable Architecture

University of California - Berkley





All Research should include the following:

Project Requirements:

1. Choose an architectural movement from the list provided.

2. Type a 1-2 page research paper focusing on significant aspects of the movement (see below).

3.  Create an original drawing in 2 point perspective of a building, village, town, or city that has been heavily influence by the architectural movement that you researched. You should include specific recognizable architectural elements into your drawing. Use photo references as needed, but do not copy.

4.  Write an artist statement discussing where, how and why you demonstrated the specific aspects of the architectural movement in your drawing; present this to the class, and display both in the art gallery for the student body and faculty to view.


Writing Your Research Paper:

1.   You will use at least 3 different media sources to compile your information and site these sources in a bibliography using NoodleTools.

2.   When researching and writing your paper, you will want to focus on information such as:

            a.       Where and when did the architectural movement begin?

            b.      What is the cultural significance of the architectural movement – what political, social, and/or religious beliefs influenced the  structural designs? 

            c.       What architects are known for their contributions to these movements and what were those contributions?

            d.      What recognizable characteristics are present in buildings of this architectural style?



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