Learn more with dummies

Enter your email to join our mailing list for FREE content right to your inbox. Easy!

How to Judge Good Architecture

By Deborah K. Dietsch, Robert A. M. Stern

Part of Architecture For Dummies Cheat Sheet

How can you tell if a work of architecture is any good? It’s simple. You know a work of architecture is good if you can answer “yes” to the following questions:

  • Does it express its function in a visually intriguing way?

  • Does it complement or contrast with its surroundings?

  • Is it well built?

  • Does it continue to age well?

  • Does it have the ability to surprise, inspire, delight, or disturb you?

  • Is it simply unforgettable?