ar·​chi·​tec·​ture | \ ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio) \

Definition of architecture

1 : the art or science of building specifically : the art or practice of designing and building structures and especially habitable ones
2a : formation or construction resulting from or as if from a conscious act the architecture of the garden
b : a unifying or coherent form or structure a novel that lacks architecture
3 : architectural product or work buildings that comprise the architecture of the square
4 : a method or style of building Gothic architecture
5 : the manner in which the components of a computer or computer system are organized and integrated different program architectures

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Examples of architecture in a Sentence

In college, he studied architecture. The architecture of the building is modern.

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The structure, which has a fusion of Asian and western architecture, was completed this summer. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Vietnamese Buddhist temple opens in Iroquois Park 'for the whole Louisville community'," 6 Sep. 2019 Grosse, apparently, carefully elided that conversation and stuck to her favorite script — how her work inhabits space and shifts perceptions of architecture, how an ephemeral installation can re-order one’s idea of bricks-and-mortar permanence. Murray Whyte,, "At the MFA, German artist Katharina Grosse contends with Jackson Pollock," 5 Sep. 2019 What is true of central-bank architecture is also true of central-bank capital. The Economist, "Narendra Modi’s government dips into central-bank reserves," 29 Aug. 2019 But as a work of civic architecture, John King observes, the futuristic structure is a success. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: A new day for Mission Bay," 26 Aug. 2019 As a disciple of organic architecture, Bebb often used native sandstone and designed structures with steep overhanging rooflines to emulate the shape of mountains. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Mountain retreat with midcentury touches asks $1.5M," 19 Aug. 2019 Snap a selfie on the Tempe Town Lake pedestrian bridge, now known as the Elmore Pedestrian Bridge after James Elmore, ASU’s founding dean of architecture. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "100 free things to do in metro Phoenix," 17 Aug. 2019 In 1951, at the height of his influence, Belluschi turned away from his $150,000-a-year practice to accept a $15,000-a-year academic job as the dean of the school of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology., "Celebrating architect Pietro Belluschi’s 120th anniversary: You’re invited to walking tours, talks this weekend," 16 Aug. 2019 Kudless is currently an associate professor of architecture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, as well as founder of the design firm Matsys. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Hines pledges financial gift to UH architecture professorship," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of architecture

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for architecture

see architect

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English Language Learners Definition of architecture

: the art or science of designing and creating buildings
: a method or style of building
technical : the way in which the parts of a computer are organized


ar·​chi·​tec·​ture | \ ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio) \

Kids Definition of architecture

1 : the art of designing buildings studying architecture
2 : a style of building a church of modern architecture

Other Words from architecture

architectural adjective
architecturally adverb an architecturally innovative building


ar·​chi·​tec·​ture | \ ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio) \

Medical Definition of architecture

: the basic structural form especially of a bodily part or of a large molecule the architecture and function of the cerebral cortex the complex molecular architecture of muscle cells— Carolyn Cohen

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architectural \ ˌär-​kə-​ˈtek-​chə-​rəl, -​ˈtek-​shrəl How to pronounce architectural (audio) \ adjective
architecturally \ -​ē How to pronounce architecturally (audio) \ adverb

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