Bartlett Academic Edits Latest Edition of Sir Banister Fletcher's Global History of Architecture
15 November 2019
Murray Fraser, Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at The Bartlett, has edited the 21st edition of the long-lasting classic, published on 14 November.
The Bartlett’s Professor Murray Fraser has edited the latest edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, the most authoritative and up-to-date account of the history of world architecture, published by Bloomsbury with the RIBA and University of London.
Since its first edition in 1896, Banister Fletcher has been essential reading for generations of architects and students. The new edition is the most authoritative and up-to-date account of the history of world architecture. It features a full re-write by over 80 experts, reflecting significant shifts in perspective over the 30 years since the book was last published providing a truly global view of architecture history. It is the first edition to be in full colour, fully global in its coverage, and now available online for the first time as part of the Bloomsbury Architecture Library.
Commenting on his editorship, Murray said: "No one before has tried to write such an extensive history of architecture using expert contributors from all around the world. I am delighted to be setting a new benchmark in this regard.”
“The publication of this new edition is a tremendous accomplishment for the Royal Institute of British Architects, the University of London and Bloomsbury Publishing. The 21st edition broadens the narrative, rebalancing and extending its coverage, to create a truly globalised history of architecture. This is a huge, collaborative achievement which positions Banister Fletcher as an indispensable resource for the study of architecture.
Alan Jones, RIBA President
Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, where he teaches on five undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In 2018 he was awarded the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Education.
Image: Interior perspective of Itimad ad-Daula's Tomb, Agra, India (1622–28; painting by an unknown Indian artist in the 1830s).