‘We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.’ — Winston Churchill.

This document isn’t a intended as a comprehensive introduction to architecture. Instead, it looks at some the more interesting topics and structures, as viewed through the eyes of a layman.

Please click on one of the following to see more:-

1. Architectural Basics2. Classicism3. Traditional Styles4. Modernism
5. Dates6. Glossary7. Crystal Palace8. Canary Wharf

Various sources of information have been used, including some of the following:-


A Guide to the Architecture of London, Edward Jones & Christopher Woodward, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1983

A History of Western Architecture, David Watkin, published by Laurence King, 1992

A Vision of Britain: A Personal View of Architecture, HRH Prince of Wales, published by Doubleday, 1989

English Architecture; a Concise History, David Watkin, published by Thames & Hudson, 1979

Evolution of Truth website at

GLIAS Newsletter: more about the Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society (GLIAS) can be found at

Open University website at

Pears Cyclopedia, 90th Edition, published by Pelham Books, 1981

The Buildings of Britain: Anglo-Saxon and Norman, Alastair Service, published by Barrie & Jenkins, 1982

The Buildings of Britain: Tudor and Jacobean, Malcolm Airs, published by Barrie & Jenkins, 1982

The Buildings of Britain: Stuart and Baroque, Richard Morrice, published by Barrie & Jenkins, 1982

The Buildings of Britain: Regency, David Watkin, published by Barrie & Jenkins, 1982

The Buildings of Southern England, John Julius Norwich, published by Macmillan, 1995

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Ray White was born in Shoreham, West Sussex, England in 1952. He graduated in electrical and electronic engineering at Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1973, having gained experience at Radon Industrial Electronics, Worthing, Sussex (small-scale production of domestic audio equipment), the Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment (MoD), Cosham, Hants (a wide range of activities, including fitting a prototype electronics card into a buoy from a rubber boat floating off the Isle of Mull) and George Kingsbury Ltd., Gosport, Hants (drawing office, oily machines and logic).

He joined the British Broadcasting Corporation as a maintenance engineer in 1973. Six years later, he became Senior Engineer at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, where he planned the installation and maintenance of six electronic music studios, all eventually equipped with Apple Macintosh computers. He left the BBC in 1993 and now enjoys an independent lifestyle.

©Ray White 2004-2018.