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Reviews and Awards

Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture 21st Edition has been announced as Winner of the Colvin Prize 2020.

The Colvin Prize is awarded annually to the author or authors of an outstanding work of reference of use and value to architectural historians and the discipline of architectural history, across a range of formats.

The very first edition of the Banister Fletcher book was published in 1896, and this 21st Edition has been totally rewritten by 88 leading scholars from around the world. It offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the architecture of all regions over the past 5,500 years. It creates what is the most globally balanced and culturally inclusive account of architectural history to date.

The chair of the SAHGB's judging panel, President-Elect Professor Elizabeth McKellar, stated:

"This is a monumental achievement...The editors and publishers have ensured its status as the primary reference work for the subject for many years to come, and provided a showcase for architectural history as a vibrant, engaged and forward-looking discipline across the world."

You can find full details about the prize and the judges on the SAHGB website here.

The award of the Colvin Prize is in addition to the Honourable Mention that this latest Banister Fletcher edition received in the American Library Association's 2019 Dartmouth Medal Awards for Best Reference Book.

"Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture (21st ed.), presents an entirely rewritten version of the classic guide to architecture of the world filled with useful essays and valuable images."

Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture 21st Edition is exclusively available in digital format on Bloomsbury Architecture Library.


"The Architectural Association Library conducted a small survey of its users whilst trialling...feedback highlighted that no other database currently offers the global and historical coverage the Bloomsbury Architecture Library is offering."

Art Libraries Journal, 2020


"Every university library should subscribe to the online edition."

Praise for Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture

‘These two hefty, scholarly volumes will help immeasurably in allowing English-speaking students and scholars to step outside their traditional comfort zone and see architecture in its truly global complexity and richness.’

"This is a book that deserves to be on the shelf not only of every architect and architecture student, but of anyone who wants to know more about the history of the world."

"Both print and online versions are intelligently and thoughtfully detailed: coloured page ends ease physical navigation, while online page numbers and page divisions are indicated unobtrusively, allowing proper referencing in a way that some digital versions of academic books unforgivably neglect."

Barnabas Calder, Times Higher Education, December 2019