RIBA signs agreement with Bloomsbury Publishing and the University of London

RIBA is pleased to announce the future publication of Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture, 21st Edition, a landmark new edition of a long-standing classic providing the most authoritative and up-to-date account of the history of the world’s architecture.

Alongside a high-quality print edition planned for publication in autumn 2017, Banister Fletcher will make the move into the digital age, becoming available to a new online audience in 2018 as part of an innovative, interactive digital resource for the study of architecture and architectural history.

Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture is the world’s acknowledged classic work of architectural history reference. Since the first edition was published in 1896, it has been declared the ‘Book of the Century’ by the American Institute of Architects and has become essential reading for generations of architects and students. This tradition continues today, with the 21st Edition set to provide the most comprehensive global history of architecture available in any form.

The new edition will see a series of firsts for this historic book. As well as its first move online, it will be the first time that the text has been entirely rewritten throughout since Sir Banister Fletcher (1866-1953) was alive, and it will also be the first time the work is published in full colour.

Jonathan Glasspool, Managing Director of Bloomsbury Academic comments:
'We are delighted to become the publishers of Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture, a work with a long history and distinguished pedigree. With our print publishing expertise and our track-record in producing innovative online resources for the academic and specialist markets, Bloomsbury is uniquely well-placed to re-launch this important work for a new generation of students and scholars.'

Gill Webber, RIBA Executive Director of Communication and Outreach said:
'For well over 100 years, Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture has held an unrivalled position as the definitive publication on the history of architecture. RIBA is delighted to be working with Bloomsbury Publishing and the University of London on the 21st edition including an innovative new digital resource. With this latest edition of the work we hope to inspire a new global generation of readers about architecture and architectural history.'

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For more information, please contact Dora Coventry at Bloomsbury Publishing Dora.Coventry@bloomsbury.com or the RIBA Press Office pressoffice@riba.org

 

Posted on Wednesday 11th February 2015
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