Synopses & Reviews
More than fifteen years after the success of the first edition, this sweeping introduction to the history of architecture in the United States is now a fully revised guide to the major developments that shaped the environment from the first Americans to the present, from the everyday vernacular to the high style of aspiration. Eleven chronologically organized chapters chart the social, cultural, and political forces that shaped the growth and development of American towns, cities, and suburbs, while providing full description, analysis, and interpretation of buildings and their architects.
The second edition features an entirely new chapter detailing the green architecture movement and architectural trends in the 21st century. Further updates include an expanded section on Native American architecture and contemporary design by Native American architects, new discussions on architectural education and training, more examples of women architects and designers, and a thoroughly expanded glossary to help todays readers. The art program is expanded, including 640 black and white images and 62 new color images. Accessible and engaging, American Architecture continues to set the standard as a guide, study, and reference for those seeking to better understand the rich history of architecture in the United States.
Roths American Architecture is the perfect companion text to any course on American Architecture. Its readability and chronological organization provides students with an in-depth and comprehensive survey of the major trends in the field. The plans, diagrams, and sections are particularly clear and well executed, which is a great resource when teaching.”
Emily Morash, Connecticut College
This book has been extremely useful for my courseit is long enough that I can use it as the main anchor of the course, but not so long that it is daunting to the students. Students typically find it clear and engaging. Roths approach is excellent
broad and inclusive. His writing style is clear and his observations on theory and social content are refreshingly free of jargon. American Architecture: A History is the most comprehensive and thoroughly illustrated survey of American architecture available. Building on the authors lifetime of research, it is extremely valuable as a reference book and also provides a highly readable introduction to this fascinating topic.”
Jeffery Howe, Boston College
Roths American Architecture provides a detailed introduction to Americas architectural developments, creating a chronological and thematic framework that knits together distinct stylistic periods. It is detailed enough to really explain the ethos behind a given work or period, but also provides the larger framework to contextualize it. American Architecture is a great text for those studying American architecture for the first time, and can serve as an ongoing resource during more advanced studies as well.”
Amy D. Finstein, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
A comprehensive and even-handed overview of American architecture. Its wide coverage allows you (as an instructor) considerable freedom to consider other, even eccentric examples or contexts, or to focus deeply on particular buildings in the knowledge that the broad outlines have been sketched in by Roth.”
Sandy Isenstadt, University of Delaware
Praise for the First Edition:
This is the best one-volume survey of American architecture on the market today, and it will long live
as a basic resource and authority."
About the Author
Leland M. Roth
is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History Emeritus at the University of Oregon at Eugene. Dr. Roth is the author of Understanding Architecture
(Westview Press, 2013), McKim, Mead and White, Architects
(Harper and Row, 1983), America Builds
(Harper and Row, 1983), A Concise History of American Architecture
(Harper and Row, 1979), and other works.
Amanda C. Roth Clark is Assistant Professor of Art History and Library Director at Whitworth University. She is the daughter of Leland M. Roth, and the co-author of Understanding Architecture, 3rd Edition.