ar·​chi·​tec·​tur·​al | \ˌär-kə-ˈtek-chə-rəl, -ˈtek-shrəl\

Definition of architectural 

1 : of or relating to architecture : conforming to the rules of architecture

2 : having or conceived of as having a single unified overall design, form, or structure

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In a separate essay, cultural journalist Michael Pilz notes that the West doesn’t always show much regard for the East’s architectural history. Carolina A. Miranda,, "What the dismantling of the Berlin Wall can teach us as Trump tries to build his wall," 21 June 2018 The exterior of the building pays homage to the minimalist architectural history of the city with glass panels and steel sections throughout. Kristin Larson,, "COS opens mega store on Oak Street bringing chic, affordable style," 15 June 2018 But the observatory is more than a walk through architectural history. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With Kusama Museum and art-filled islands, Japan is a paradise for art nerds," 27 Apr. 2018 Other favorite entries are those that describe the city's post World War II architectural history, the Modern period. Keith Marshall,, "If you build it: New guidebook tells the stories behind New Orleans architecture," 3 Apr. 2018 Professor Knowles was skilled at attracting talented teachers to the program and retaining them, according to John James Pron, a fellow faculty member who retired from teaching architectural history in 2013. Bonnie L. Cook,, "John Christopher Knowles, 79, founded and led Temple's architecture program," 29 Mar. 2018 Bread & Circuses Bistro has a quaint ambience but lacks the architectural details the novel specifies. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Anne Tyler's latest novel evokes Hamilton. Here are possible real-life stand-ins for locations in 'Clock Dance'," 13 July 2018 Before the pipeline arrived, agriculture dominated the area around the terminal, Boise architectural historian Dan Everhart said. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A 60-year-old fuel terminal could leave Boise’s Bench. Here’s what could replace it.," 11 July 2018 Natural oak floors flow throughout the space; architectural details such as exposed beams and a plaster fireplace add character, while open living areas reinforce the intention of gathering. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "The Designer Behind Surf Lodge and Sant Ambroeus Has Renovated a Montauk Beach House—and You Can Stay in It," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of architectural

1718, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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