Our last order date is 12 December 2021 for your gifts to arrive in time for Christmas. Every purchase supports the RA.

The RA Shop online is now open, and you can shop an edit of our collections at the RA Shops at Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, with a free ticket.

We are currently doing some behind the scenes improvement . There will be a 7-10 day delay on deliveries from 7 August. Thank you for your patience.

For more information on our shops and services and how we are keeping our visitors and staff safe, please click here

Architecture Matters

Architecture matters. To our cities, to our planet, to our personal lives. How we design and what we build has an impact that usually lasts for generations. The more we understand the importance of architecture, and the thinking and decisions behind the buildings we create, the better world we will construct. Who better to guide readers into the rich and complex world of contemporary architecture than Aaron Betsky, former architect, author, curator and museum director, and today dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

- +
Add to gift list
£9.99
In stock

More details

Dimensions 20.8 x 2.03 x 13.4cm
Fabric & material Hardback
No. of Pages 144
SKU 12091918

Delivery & returns information

Service Update (updated 19 March 2020)

We want to make sure your order reaches you as safely as possible. Therefore, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all orders will be dispatched once the RA has reopened. We will be in touch once the RA has reopened and once your order has been dispatched. 

During this period our Returns Policy will be extended. For any order queries, please Contact Us

Free UK delivery on orders £50 and over

International delivery is based on weight and delivery country, and will be calculated at Checkout

Our small team are working as quickly and safely as possible to prepare and send online orders.

Our last order date is 12 December 2021 for your gifts to arrive in time for Christmas. For more information on delivery times and terms, please click here.

Enjoy free shipping on orders above £50. £5.95 P&P for orders below £50. International delivery will be calculated at Checkout. We have temporarily stopped shipping to EEA countries. 

Updated 19 May 2020

We are delivering! Enjoy free shipping on orders above £50. £5.95 P&P for orders below £50. International delivery will be calculated at Checkout. The Royal Academy is temporarily closed, Collection is not available at this time.

For any questions talk to us

Product story

Combining his early experiences working and meeting cutting-edge architects with his frequent role as jury member selecting the world’s most prominent global architects to build icon for cities, Betsky possesses rare insight into the mechanisms, politics and personalities that play a role in how buildings in our societies and urban centres come to be. In some fifty themes and drawing from his own experiences and encounters with people and buildings around the world, he explores a broad spectrum of topics, from the meaning of domestic space to the spectacle of the urban realm. Accessible, instructive and hugely enjoyable, this book will open the eyes of anyone dreaming of becoming an architect, and bring a wry smile to anyone that already is.

Reviews