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Dr. Spiro Konstantine Kostof (7 May 1936 - 7 December 1991) was a leading architectural historian and inspirational teacher at the University of California, Berkeley. His books continue to be widely read and some are routinely used in collegiate courses on architectural history.

A Greek born in Turkey, Kostof was educated at Istanbul's Robert College. He came the United States in 1957 for graduate work at Yale University. Although he intended to major in drama, his interests shifted to architectural history. He received his Ph.D. in 1961, then taught at Yale for four years, before moving to the University of California to join the faculty of the College of Environmental Design. He was to remain at Berkeley for the duration of his career.

Kostof's approach to architectural history emphasized urbanism as well as architecture and showed how architectural works are embedded in their physical and social contexts. Commonly accepted today, Kostof's approach was a break with previous directions in architectural history which tended to emphasize the sequence of styles and to study architectural works in relative isolation from their settings. Kostof's textbook, A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals (1985) embodied these ideas and soon became one of the standard texts in the field.

In 1987, Kostof hosted a five-part PBS series, America by Design.

Kostof's publications were wide-ranging and included The Architect: Chapters in the History of the Profession, The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History, America by Design, and The City Assembled: Elements of Urban Form through History.

In 1993, following his death, the Society of Architectural Historians established the "Spiro Kostof Award," to recognize books "in the spirit of Kostof's writings," particularly those that are interdisciplinary and whose content focuses on urban development, the history of urban form, and/or the architecture of the built environment.

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Total Books: 25
Rome An Urban History from Antiquity to the Present
2016 - Rome an Urban History From Antiquity to the Present (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781107013995
ISBN-10: 1107013992
Genres: Arts & Photography, History
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World Architecture A Cross-Cultural History
2012 - World Architecture a Cross-cultural History (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195139570
ISBN-10: 0195139577
Genres: Arts & Photography, Reference
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History Of Architecture Settings And Rituals
2010 - History of Architecture Settings and Rituals (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195139563
ISBN-10: 0195139569
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Historia de la arquitectura/ A History of Architecture
2007 - Historia De La Arquitectura/ a History of Architecture [Alianza Forma - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420670775
ISBN-10: 8420670774
Genres: History, Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation
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Historia de la arquitectura/ History of Architecture
2007 - Historia De La Arquitectura/ History of Architecture (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420670782
ISBN-10: 8420670782
Genres: Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation
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The City Assembled The Elements of Urban Form through History
The City Shaped Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History
1999 - The City Shaped Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780500280997
ISBN-10: 0500280991
Genre: History
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A History of Architecture Settings and Rituals
1995 - A History of Architecture Settings and Rituals (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195083781
ISBN-10: 0195083784
Genres: Engineering & Transportation, Substores
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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The City Shaped  Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History
1993 - The City Shaped Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780821220160
ISBN-10: 0821220160
Genres: Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Caves of God Cappadocia and its Churches
1989 - Caves of God Cappadocia and Its Churches [Oxford Paperbacks] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780195060003
ISBN-10: 0195060008
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Engineering & Transportation
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America by Design Based on the Pbs Series by Guggenheim Productions Inc
Caves of God The Monastic Environment of Byzantine Cappadocia
The Architect Chapters in the History of the Profession
1977 - The Architect Chapters in the History of the Profession (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780195020670
ISBN-10: 0195020677
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The City Shaped Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History --1991 publication
Historia de La Arquitectura 1
Historia De La Arquitectura 1 [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420670768
ISBN-10: 8420670766
Genres: Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation
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Historia de La Arquitectura - 3 Tomos
Historia De La Arquitectura - 3 Tomos [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420679969
ISBN-10: 8420679968
Genres: Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation
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