Explaining cultural architecture and other specifics in Fantasy
I have been writing a story set in a fantasy setting and much of the architecture these fictional races are using is based on real world architecture from around the world. My main issue is explaining the appearance of these different looks without using the name of the real world culture. If I tell you ancient chinese architecture you get a pretty clear image of something resembling what I want, but if I go on to use wikipedia's descriptions of the same thing, bilateral symmetry and articulation, perhaps not so much. I don't believe it will create as clear an image with readers. I know that, personally, I had no clue what articulation in architecture meant before I looked for it recently. What would you advise a fledgeling writer to do in this situation.
Also please forgive any grammatical errors above I'm still deep in the process of improvement and far from any sort of finished products.