By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


Egyptian lotus capitals, from Owen Jones\' The Grammat of Ornament, 1968

‘Ornament is the language through which architecture communicates with a broader public’ Subscription

Minimalism may symbolise luxury, but it could be time to refamiliarise ourselves with our decorative roots

Chicago Flowering Grid

‘Ornament has always flowered in Chicago’ Subscription

[Archive] Ornament could offer the key to a new flowering of architectural expression

Odile Decq

Odile Decq joins AR_EA Awards judging panel

Odile Decq, director of Studio Odile Decq, will join David Adjaye, OBE and Sir Peter Cook on the AR_EA judging panel


Lullaby Factory by Studio Weave

Last chance to enter the AR Emerging Architecture awards!

The deadline has been extended, but entries close for good on Friday 11 September. Enter today!


‘How to get the balance right; to create architecture with a social purpose, but not without delight?’ Subscription

Is ornament an improvement on the icon? What is disappointing is that we are still stuck discussing how a building looks


CFA Voysey (1857-1941)

By James Dunnett

From his Arts and Crafts roots, did Voysey sow the seeds of Modernism?



François Schuiten: Les Cités Obscures Subscription

Schuiten expresses his love of architecture through striking comics that critique the ‘Brusselisations’ of his home city



Folio: Follow the AR drawings Tumblr

New Andean architecture in El Alto, Bolivia

New Andean: a new indigenous architecture Video Subscription

[FILM] El Alto’s Party Halls by Freddy Mamani in Bolivia contain a banquet hall, shops and flats with a private house perched on top

Parque Novo Santo Amaro V by Vigliecca & Associados

From favela to gated community: a documentary Video Subscription

[FILM] When Vigliecca & Associados designed Parque Novo Santo Amaro V, its communal spaces were supposed to be for everyone, but now the residents want to close the gates

sergei tchoban

Film: Interview with Sergei Tchoban Video Subscription

Sergei Tchoban, designer of the 2012 Russian Pavilion and Museum of Architectural Drawings in Berlin discusses his work and approach to architecture in this film interview produced by BerlinArtLink and Esenija Bannan

More films


Outrage: The birth of Subtopia will be the death of us Subscription

[Archive] Ian Nairn’s seminal polemic against banal suburban development

Doughnut: Outer London Festival

Doughnut: the Outer London Festival Subscription

This Saturday, a series of events brings together architects, historians, economists and writers to discuss the rich existing culture of the city’s periphery and the challenges that it now faces

Masterplanning in Rainham

‘Masterplanning doesn't always mean top-down’ Video

Urban acupuncture in the London town of Rainham could help to redefine master planning


Louis Kahn, don’t stop talking! Architecture needs you more than ever Subscription

Two new books of and about Kahn talking provoke, re-frame and defy convention


Podcast: Fujimoto, Radić and SelgasCano on the Serpentine Pavilion Video Subscription

Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist discuss the history of the commission with former Serpentine Pavilion architects and chair Sarah Ichioka


Podcast: Interview with David Chipperfield Video Subscription

Ellis Woodman speaks to David Chipperfield about his education, practicing with Norman Foster and Richard Rogers and establishing his own practice


Podcast: Richard Sennett on cities and what we've done to them Video Subscription

AR History Editor Tom Wilkinson interviews Richard Sennett on the thread that runs through all of his work: cities: ‘We don’t make them true to life, we make them into factories’



Piscine Tournesol in Lingolsheim, France by Urbane Kultur Subscription

Swimming pool typology: a modern refurbishment brings one of 183 UFO-like swimming pools back to life

JC Prestwich & Sons, Mounts Baths, Northampton, 1936

Typology: Swimming Pools Subscription

Sites of ablution, illicit heavy petting, athleticism, surveillance, leisure, racism and death: pools bring people together stripped of status symbols, but in ways profoundly marked by wider social conditions


Writing Buildings conference, July 2016: call for papers Subscription

Kent School of Architecture is holding a conference in collaboration with the AR, bringing together different traditions of writing about historic buildings


‘It draws on the past not as a site of lost authenticity but as a rich seam of fantasy’ Subscription

The Landmark Building in Nieuw-Bergen, the Netherlands by Monadnock


‘The €255.4-million question: is it a masterpiece that future generations will cherish?’ Subscription

Musée des Confluences in Lyon by Coop Himmelb(l)au


Konstantin Melnikov’s Legacy Subscription

To mark the 125th anniversary of Konstantin Melnikov’s birth, photographer Denis Esakov has documented the current condition of the Constructivist pioneer’s oeuvre


Typology: The semi-detached house Subscription

Symbol of middle-class aspiration, conservatism and compromised individualism, the semi-detached house is England’s modern domestic type par excellence

AR Editor Christine Murray

AR to support aae2016 as media partner

AR editor Christine Murray said: ‘At this critical time in the history of architectural education, we need dialogue and discernment of a way forward.’


September 2015, 1423. Volume CCXXXVIII Subscription

Click To View: Ornament | Baukuh | Fat + Grayson Perry | Renzo Piano | Monadnock | OMA | Typology: Tombs | Voysey


August 2015, 1422. Volume CCXXXVIII Subscription

Click to View: UNITED STATES: Renzo Piano | Studio Gang Architects | David Adjaye | Shigeru Ban | Michael Maltzan | Typology: Swimming Pools | Colin Rowe


July 2015, 1421. Volume CCXXXVIII Subscription

Click to view: AR HOUSE awards 2015 David Chipperfield | Ryo Matsui | Dekleva Gregoric | Alberto Campo Baeza | Mount Fuji Architects Studio | Tropical Space