Architectural History And Building Styles

Architecture reflects the way people live and work during a particular time in history, and it's logical to introduce students to architecture as they learn about the past in their school lessons. When we introduce architectural history to young children we encourage them to notice the beauty and variety of older buildings in their community, while helping them learn about the development of culture and technology. We accomplish this by introducing students to various architectural styles, teaching them to distinguish common characteristics of buildings constructed in a specific historical period.

With some training, students can learn to identify the time in which a building was built by knowing the predominant architectural style of a period in history. The following pages explore several common architectural styles, and show how they can be identified by the style of expression used in their design.