This paper indicates how the quantitative analysis of architectural representations can be used to identify both dissimilarities and commonalities in individuals' construes of architecture. Particularly, this paper has focused on the image of different architectural styles and their interpretation by architecture students at different stages of architectural education. As shown in the paper, first year architecture students as new learners perceived examples differently than senior last year architecture students as pre-architects. These interpretations were investigated using multiple sorting techniques, with respondents asked to sort 21 examples of different architecture styles according to their own criteria. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.