I remember as I was beginning my path as an architect that I had very little guidance. Since I know that many of you are in a similar circumstance, I've decided to create this resource section where we will have links to all things usefull to architects at all stages of your career. For now, I'll list books that I've found to be excellent. Over time, I'll add many more tools of the trade along with how I've used them as a design professional. If you have suggestions for resources, please send them here.
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- Whether you're designing a building or a spoon, fundamental principles of design will apply. Learning these basic principles will be the foundation of all of your future designs.
- This book by Francis Ching goes beyond basic design principles and describes specific considerations for designing architecture. It will help you understand fundamental considerations in architectural design.
- To many aspiring architects, the educational component can be a bit daunting. This book is a very easy read and uses a humorous approach to explain some things you can expect to experience in architectural school.
- Another great book from Mr. Ching, he teaches you how to view drawing as a way to tease out design ideas and not simply to recreate something on paper.
- This book puts forth a simple but essential approach to the art of freehand sketching. Sketching is an indispensable tool for the architect and this book will show you how to utilize it.
- Color Drawing contains a wide variety of color and rendering techniques from traditional media to more contemporary software methods.
- Seven essays on how to be an architect. Written by the master.
- Rem Koolhaas duscusses a more spontaneous approach to architecture and urban design - a so-called culture of congestion.
- I read this book as part of an in-depth architectural theory course, and have never been the same since. For anyone struggling to break free from the status quo, this is for you.
- A groundbreaking piece for its time, and still highly influential in urban studies today. Jane Jacobs explains what causes cities to decay or prosper and how short-sighted city planning had become.
- If you are just beginning your study of urban design, this book by Edmund Bacon would be a good place to start. This book contains a vast collection of drawings aimed at helping you conceptualize the order and logic of the city.
- This book is for those seeking a less academic approach to urbanism. James Kunstler discusses the ills of suburbia in terms of the dying conception of public good. The automobile and suburbia are the primary cause and result of the current public paradigm.
- A detailed look at the unwanted consequences of a suburban lifestyle. It's a book that will bring home the real cost of our current everyday life.
- This book takes a bit of stamina, but is a masterpiece. It speaks about how technology, nature, and society can all be balanced within the city.
- This work uses Chicago as a case study to discover how changing economic and technological factors effect the evolution of the city.
- Most cities today enjoy very sophisticated infrastructure systems, but when the western united states was being settled, there was no prospect for basic needs or future expansion. This book outlines the sacrifice required to create habitable land in this sparsely populated region.
- One of the biggest mistakes a young architect can make is to be ignorant about the realities of contemporary architectural practice. This book provides a good overall base to understand the major contemporary business models as a foundation to build your career.
- A book for those with an entrepreneurial spirit. It's one of the best books I've ever read about business. Read it, you won't be sorry.
- Seth Godin is a business and marketing genius. In this book he talks about how we value people in the marketplace and gives you advice as to how you can make yourself indispensible. In a profession where the future is always uncertain, you'll need a strategy to make yourself valuable.
- My professor gave me this book during my thesis semester. It's brilliant.
- It's a book about negative space. It's a great way to start seeing the city better. Not to mention the drawings are incredible.
- This book is in narrative form, but once you've read it you'll never look at your hometown the same.