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What is Architecture? — Understanding Architecture

What is Architecture? — Understanding Architecture
What is Architecture? — Understanding Architecture
What is Architecture? — Understanding Architecture
What is Architecture? — Understanding Architecture
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What is Architecture? — Understanding Architecture

The first book in the What is Architecture? series, Understanding Architecture is a unique insight into the meaning, heritage, and purpose of this ancient craft. Dispelling with the tendency for architecture theory books to be pompous and cryptic, this book instead unfolds as a story.

It is a simple journey of someone walking home who discovers that their steps soon form a path and that path develops a life of its own. Akheel Khan captures this journey in an easy-to-read manner with hand-drawn illustrations to bring the concepts together. Something that can be appreciated by student, professional, and novice alike.


"Understanding Architecture is refreshing and insightful read on the meaning, value, and importance of architecture in our society."
Wandile Mthiyane, Ubuntu Design Group

"Understanding Architecture is an intriguing and easy read that brings back fond memories of studio. It will be a valuable resource to anyone who wants a quick insight into the subtle components of architecture." 
—Joshua Sanabria, GoArchitect

'Finally, a definition for architecture - and one that is simple to understand for the layperson and professional alike.'
Rishen Mahadew, Architect

Book + Online Workshop

Purchase of this book includes an online workshop on GoArchitect Interactive. You will be sent an invite email after checkout.

About the Author

Akheel Khan is an architectural designer by day and dedicated writer by night, currently residing in South Africa.

With over a decade of combined academic and working experience in the discipline of design and the field of architecture, he shares his knowledge through an online platform called An Architect, which he founded in 2018. Akheel is determined to encourage the awareness and appreciation of Architecture’s significance in society through the aid of technology.

In his spare time, you can probably find him engaging in sometimes- recreational-mostly-constructive conversations with family or friends, and sampling interesting foods while charting unknown territories with his wife.

At other times, you can find him scanning articles on socio-economic topics in the country or mapping out an undefined thought process in one of his several journals.

If you are fortunate, you might just find a moment where he remains reserved and idle. However, not many are known to have witnessed this rare event.


  • Written by Akheel Khan
  • Book purchase includes online workshop
  • Softcover
  • A5 - 5.8 x 8.3 in (148 x 210 mm)
  • 100 p.
  • Book + Dot Grid journal area
  • Integrated Ruler (Inches + MM)
  • Index

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