Designed for novices to the field, this is a complete and informative introduction to the study of architecture. The primary characteristics of the main architectural styles are all addressed as are the differences between them. Images of a variety of public and private buildings--including homes, museums, and monuments--are included to illustrate the key traits of various schools. Additionally, the general history of architecture is covered and an educational "Thinking Architecturally" section is provided. Easy-to-read and filled with plenty of intriguing facts, this is your guide to understanding the buildings that surround you everyday.