- the profession of designing buildings, open areas, communities, and other artificial constructions and environments, usually with some regard to aesthetic effect. Architecture often includes design or selection of furnishings and decorations, supervision of construction work, and the examination, restoration, or remodeling of existing buildings.
- the character or style of building: the architecture of Paris; Romanesque architecture.
- the action or process of building; construction.
- the result or product of work, as a building.
- buildings collectively.
- a fundamental underlying design of computer hardware, software, or both.
- the structure of anything: the architecture of a novel.
- the art and science of designing and superintending the erection of buildings and similar structures
- a style of building or structureGothic architecture
- buildings or structures collectively
- the structure or design of anythingthe architecture of the universe
- the internal organization of a computer’s components with particular reference to the way in which data is transmitted
- the arrangement of the various devices in a complete computer system or network
1560s, from Middle French architecture, from Latin architectura, from architectus “architect” (see ).