Dazzling illustrations and concise, helpful texts make this an indispensable reference for anyone curious about the great architects and buildings of yesterday and today. From Alvar Aalto to Peter Zumthor, from the Renaissance to the 21st century, this comprehensive guide introduces readers to the major names, schools, and structures in the field of architecture. Each entry focuses on a seminal figure and one of his or her career-defining works. Arranged alphabetically, the book is easy to use, and the large, superbly reproduced color illustrations allow readers to examine the details of each of the buildings it celebrates. The volume also features a glossary of architectural movements and technical terms. Beautifully produced and reasonably priced, this reference guide is a great addition to any coffee table.