Celebrating Diversity in Design

Culture has always played an essential role in architecture. From Pisa’s Leaning Tower and India’s Taj Mahal to Icelandic traditional igloos and turf houses, there is no shortage of iconic architectural examples representing different cultural traditions around the globe.

Contemporary architects are discovering innovative ways to integrate cultural elements into their designs, creating stunning results that combine tradition with modernity for truly distinctive and beautiful results.


Symbolism is one of the primary ways culture influences architecture. A circle was an iconic shape in many cultures across time, appearing on temples, religious buildings, memorials and hero cults alike. Additionally, symbolism can also be found in decorative elements like stained glass windows that depict cultural scenes or Oriental excess; and in design language such as that seen on Greek Parthenon pyramidal plan.

Architecture has long incorporated cultural symbols into its designs since antiquity, whether to reflect unique identities or communicate social commentary. Examples include Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa and India’s Taj Mahal as well as England’s Westminster Abbey and France’s Notre Dame as well as America’s iconic White House – among many others.

Modern architects perform an artful dance between tradition and modernity, honoring cultural roots while meeting present and future needs. Culture pervades every aspect of urban planning as well as individual building designs; its effect can be felt across cities as well as individual buildings.


Culture can have an immense effect on the design of buildings in any place, serving as a reflection of its values, beliefs, history and lifestyle. Furthermore, it may shape how people live their lives and their desire for certain spaces.

Building styles have cultural roots; from ancient Egyptian pyramids to lavish palaces of European monarchies. Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Taj Mahal, and Big Ben are examples of architecture with cultural influences, all featuring in their design.

Modern architecture embraces multiculturalism through architectural elements from different cultures, reflecting the belief that we all bring something unique to the table. A Norwegian structure designed to draw attention to the northern lights shows us how we can still celebrate cultural heritage while being inclusive, while Tianzi Hotel in China incorporates contemporary features with traditional Chinese designs to promote harmony.


Architecture often expresses culture through symbols, imagery, and design language. We see this evidenced in ancient structures like pyramids, temples, churches, traditional houses that showcased religious beliefs (such as rock homes from Turkey or Icelandic igloos or circular buildings from southern Africa); or contemporary structures that showcase values specific to a culture ( such as rock homes in Turkey or circular structures in southern Africa).

Integrating cultural influences into designs helps foster inclusion. Furthermore, doing so ensures user satisfaction by creating spaces that resonate with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.

Architectural styles have deep historical roots that reflect their cultures of origin. From Egyptian palaces to classical Greek columns, each style represents ideals and beliefs that were held dear by a specific civilization during its time, and these values continue to influence modern architectural design today.


Architecture does more than create physical spaces for humans to inhabit; it also plays an essential role in protecting and transmitting cultural heritage across communities. Architecture serves as an art form that can represent beliefs and values while furthering social justice initiatives and sustainable practices.

Architecture has long shaped culture, and vice versa. One way this happens is when buildings’ design or features convey specific messages – for instance pyramids were constructed to symbolize that gods lived there while temples or churches often serve as representations of religion.

Although modern architecture seems increasingly homogeneous, cultural influence still plays a prominent role in shaping its global architectural landscape. Today’s architects find inspiration in historic architecture while considering local location specifics or iconic icons from specific cultures when designing contemporary buildings. Furthermore, globalization and interconnectivity of societies has allowed designers to combine architectural elements from multiple cultures more easily for unique constructions.