architects do this all the time as well ...
hh richardson in the 1800s invented the richardson romanesque style
using assyrian arches &c. he borrowed towers and "motifs" from churches
ineurope and "scaled" them down to work with the buildings he was building.
most notably he did this with the trinity church in copley square, boston,
and to this day that building is noted as being one of the greatest american churches ever built..