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Founded in 1896, the AR has a long and proud tradition of challenge and criticism, scouring the globe for architecture that provokes and inspires, relying on its immense archive and commissioning critically acclaimed writers to shape architectural discourse today.
The AR looks beyond isolated buildings, commissioning in-depth theoretical essays that engage with the wider social, cultural and political context architecture sits in, as well as the impact and potential of architectural cultures and practices. Our writers include world-renowned critics, theorists, and architects, whose independent voices contribute to a thick-woven fabric of industrious longform journalism.
A new monograph on the late works of James Stirling and Michael Wilford prompts some reflections on the role of style and meaning in architecture
Every building we feature has a story to tell. Whether we pull back the covers on architectural prize-giving following the 2018 Sterling award being handed to Foster + Partners' Bloomberg Building, or investigate rising stars Flores & Prats' delicate renovation of the Sala Beckett Theatre, every project – large or small, good or bad – contributes to an archive of the most culturally significant and architecturally interesting buildings in our 123-year history.
Restoration of the Sala Beckett building in Barcelona by Flores & Prats puts their stamp on the building without excising its ghosts
Schaerbeek’s elegant and striking watchtower by MSA and V+ proves that the design of housing still constitutes a powerful weapon in the battle against social exclusion
While many buildings might show outstanding promise at their opening, few can stand the test of time. The long gestations and longer lives of buildings disrupt a conventional sense of when criticism might be considered timely, and the impact – direct or dispersed – of these structures lingers long after their architects have moved on. We take serious the responsibility to remain invested in the lives and afterlives of buildings with, and after, inhabitation.
Overlooked by the AR at the time of its completion, the enigmatic internal landscape of Sigurd Lewerentz’s masterpiece in Klippan still carries power and meaning in every brick
Completed in 1932, Alvar Aalto’s Paimio tuberculosis sanatorium’s programme was revolutionary
Portraits of influencers and agitators: every issue we publish a profile written by an independent critic to break with historic canons or investigate the most significant characters of our time – each published with an illustration commissioned to show the character with their work