Wikipedia:WikiProject Architecture/Assessment

Welcome to the Assessment Department of the Architecture WikiProject. This group focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's architecture articles. The resulting article ratings are used within the project to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work, and are also expected to play a role in the WP:1.0 program.

Assessment is done in a distributed system (with many people and automated "bots") when values are included for the two "parameters" in the {{Architecture}} project banner template, as described in the syntax below. The different values cause the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Architecture articles by quality and Category:Architecture articles by importance.

Statistics edit

  • 6.7% List-Class
  • 29.2% Stub-Class
  • 44% Start-Class
  • 13.6% C-Class
  • 3.5% B-Class
  • 1.4% GA-Class
  • 0% A-Class
  • 0.3% FA-Class
  • 1.3% remaining
  • Quality operations: A bot-generated daily log which lists articles Reassessed, Assessed and Removed.
  • Popular pages: List of top articles with the most frequent views, updated monthly.

1. What is the purpose of the article ratings?
The rating system allows the project to monitor the quality of articles in our subject areas, and to prioritize work on these articles. It is also utilized by the Wikipedia 1.0 program to prepare for static releases of Wikipedia content. Please note, however, that these ratings are primarily intended for the internal use of the project, and do not necessarily imply any official standing within Wikipedia as a whole.
2. How do I add an article to the WikiProject?
Just add {{Architecture}} to the talk page; there's no need to do anything else.
3. Someone put a {{Architecture}} template on an article, but it doesn't seem to be within the project's scope. What should I do?
Because of the large number of articles we deal with, we occasionally make mistakes and add tags to articles that shouldn't have them. If you notice one, feel free to remove the tag, and optionally leave a note on the talk page of this department (or directly with the person who tagged the article).
4. Who can assess articles?
Anyone, as long as you are prepared to defend your decision. If you have a close connection to the subject consider requesting assesment from another project member.
5. How do I rate an article?
Check the article grading scheme and select the level that best matches the state of the article; then, follow the instructions below to add the rating to the project banner on the article's talk page. Please note that some of the available levels have an associated formal review process that must be followed; this is documented in the assessment instructions.
6. Can I request that someone else rate an article?
Of course; to do so, please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
7. What if I don't agree with a rating?
You can list it in the section for assessment requests below, and someone will take a look at it. Alternately, you can ask any member of the project to rate the article again. Please note that some of the available levels have an associated formal review process that must be followed; this is documented in the assessment instructions.
8. Aren't the ratings subjective?
Yes, they are somewhat subjective, but it's the best system we've been able to devise. If you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!
9. What if I have a question not listed here?
If your question concerns the article assessment process specifically, please refer to the discussion page for this department; for any other issues, leave a message on the talk page.

Assessment instructions edit

The {{Architecture}} template may already exist on the talk page of an article, and anyone can add the template to a talk page. There are two values that can be used in the template for rating an article. Remember that these ratings are not absolute and can be changed at any time. The quality and importance of a topic is to be considered in the wide context of Architecture in all regions of the world throughout all of recorded history. The main criteria are suitability of the topic for inclusion in an encyclopedia and complete citation of source information.

Quality assessment edit

An article's assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{Architecture}} project banner on its talk page (see the project banner instructions for more details on the exact syntax):

Basic template syntax

{{WikiProject Architecture| class=Stub | ...}}

  • The word "class" starts with a lowercase c. Values can be Stub, stub or STUB, for example

The following values for "class=" may be used:

Articles for which a valid class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed Architecture articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

Importance assessment edit

Basic syntax

{{Architecture| class=stub | importance=Low}}

  • The word "importance" to start with a lowercase i. Values start with Uppercase, e.g. Low

Need: The article's priority or importance, regardless of its quality

Top Subject is a must-have for a print encyclopaedia Regional and historic styles, world famous architects and works of architecture; "Most famous or beautiful, ancient or preserved, etc." may appear in the text; article that covers several topics
High Subject contributes a depth of knowledge Very important buildings and architects
Mid Subject fills in more minor details Interesting buildings and architectural elements
Low Subject is mainly of specialist interest Other buildings and narrow topics
NA Not Applicable Used for Category, Disambig, File, Portal, Project, Template, NA/Redirects, and Other/Drafts pages
None Unassessed Unassessed-importance Architecture articles

Additional guidelines from the National Register of Historic Places:

Distinctive characteristics of a building type, period, or method of construction, represent the work of a master, possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction

For more information, refer to Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Release Version Criteria#Importance of topic

Related projects edit

Two other templates can be used to replace {{WikiProject Architecture}}, as appropriate:

 Urban studies and planning NA‑class
 This article is within the scope of WikiProject Urban studies and planning, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Urban studies and planning on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
NAThis article has been rated as NA-class on Wikipedia's content assessment scale.

Requests for assessment edit

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please feel free to list it below at the top:

  1. Banque de l'Indochine Building, Shanghai - Remains unassessed.Daftation 🗩 🖉 10:20, 24 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Hollin Hills Historic District – Significant expansion of article with numerous references from official sources, and several new images. User:Djharrity) (talk 14:04, 4 March 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Evesham Bell Tower - Expanded the article by over 32,000 characters. Bellminsterboy (talk) 22:10, 7 December 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  4. St Mary-le-Bow - Total rewrite, significant expansion by 25,000 characters. Bellminsterboy (talk) 03:47, 1 December 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Opus reticulatum - Expanded article by approximately 2000 words and images including captions to more closely reflect academic sources Amaaaai (talk) 13:40, 16 June 2022 (AEST)
  6. Architectural design optimization - Expanded content by an additional 2000 words, added numerous references to academic journals, conferences etc. Added some images, but struggled to find many that were under a Creative Commons license. Will continue to work on lead. Timidfrog (talk) 12:30, 6 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Les Espaces d'Abraxas - Expanded the content by an extra 2000 words. Lead still needs some work, also trying to find photos I can use, as photos of the building are not in the Creative Commons due to French law. Greenroof1234 (talk) 10:44, 26 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Corporate architecture expanded this stub article significantly by adding sections; definition, function, history and principles/strategies. Would be great if this article was reassessed as it may not be stub level anymore. Unicourse (talk) 16:41, 1 May 2022 (AEST)
  9. Hall of Mental Cultivation - Expanded the content significantly, cited and added academic sources, added images. Lead will still be edited Atnauseum (talk) 13:46, 24 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Physical plant - Expanded the content and cited sources Rewritten significantly. Added academic sources. Johnnyhopkins214 (talk) 02:25, 10 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Chhajja - overhanging eave or roof covering found in Indian architecture. Rewritten completely with cited sources (15th November 2020) - Theodorejordan10 (talk) 11:19, 16 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Rayonnant Gothic architectural style
  13. Flamboyant (architectural style)- Article expanded considerably within the past few weeks (June 2020).
  14. Ministry of Defence Main Building (United Kingdom)– Created article last year, needs assessed. Thx811 (talk) 18:49, 17 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  15. Wat Phra Dhammakaya - Has now been assessed at C-level, and nominated for good article now. Feel free to help review.--Farang Rak Tham (talk) 20:55, 5 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  16. Goddards House and Garden - new article about an Grade I Arts and Crafts movement house, without an architecture importance assessment yet (has already been assessed by project Yorkshire) EdwardUK (talk) 22:48, 4 July 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  17. Innsbruck Cathedral. I made significant changes to the article since its initial assessment in January 2015 and would appreciate a new assessment. Bede735 (talk) 17:40, 25 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  18. List of tallest buildings in Miami: Miami has the third largest skyline in the US [1] yet the article is rated low importance in this category. A lot of effort has gone into this list to improve and update it. I would appreciate other opinions, I think at least it qualifies for a mid rating. Thanks. 1305cj (talk) 21:26, 28 January 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  19. Abu Hanifa Mosque: I would appreciate if it gets assessed after lots of hard work that was devoted into it. Hashima20 (talk) 20:47, 18 June 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  20. History of Roman and Byzantine domes is currently rated as Start-class, but needs re-assessment. As the main editor who has contributed to it, I don't think I should rate it myself. AmateurEditor (talk) 13:57, 11 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  21. I've added a sentence in the lede to Ronan Point. This virtually new building which partially collapsed in 1968, changed UK building regs and practices & I note features in 1968 world events. My instinct is to mark it as top importance but architecture isn't my area of expertise. I know it needs a lot more sources but could someone assess the importance. Thanks in advance. JRPG (talk) 19:11, 8 January 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  22. I have added a lot more details and information regarding an article I would like an assessment of importance on Endeavour House. It is a start class and would like an independent rating, thanks. Wrightie99 (talk) 22:24, 28 October 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  23. I Would like an assessment of the importance of St James' Church, Sydney which is a Featured Article? It appeared on the main page on 25 July 2014. Thanks. (talk) 00:34, 6 October 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  24. La Luz del Mundo Church - Extensive cleanup and referencing. Article has been revised and expanded. Ajaxfiore (talk) 03:07, 3 September 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  25. Lululaund: I have added quite a bit of description, history and citations to this article. Its no longer a stub, would someone like to give it an independent rating. Lumos3 (talk) 11:43, 28 June 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  26. Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad The architecture section has been completely restructured, with much additional information provided and sourced. I believe this is now a well written article reflecting a unique building. TheWilliamson (talk) 12:24, 15 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  27. Achaemenid architecture this article took me two months and some 30 sources mostly books, 3 of which I had to read page to page, to make. The article is about Achaemenid architecture and description of its individual projects. 90% of sources are derived from renown architects/architectural hisotrians including James Fergusson, Ronald W. Ferrier, and Aedeen Cremin. Your input would be appreciated. Dr. Persi (talk) 20:19, 16 March 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Requests for A-Class status edit

If you have made significant changes to a B-class or GA-class article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please list it at Wikiproject Architecture Peer Review stating in the introduction you would like the article reviewed to see if it is A-class.

  1. World Trade Center -- I've assessed it as a B-class article since it has not had a review, but believe it to be an A-class article.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Upholder (talkcontribs)
    1. As above - you need to submit to WP:ARCHPR for review of B-class articles. --Mcginnly | Natter 12:36, 19 February 2007 (UTC)[reply]
  1. ^ "List of tallest buildings in the United States".