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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.


Tyson Stevens, CEO

ArchitectureLinked, LLC


Required Reading


Design Basics

- 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.

Architecture: Form, Space, and Order

- 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.

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

- 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.




Drawing: A Creative Process

- 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.

Freehand Sketching: An Introduction

- 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: Design Drawing Skills and Techniques for Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers

- Color Drawing contains a wide variety of color and rendering techniques from traditional media to more contemporary software methods.




Towards a New Architecture

- Seven essays on how to be an architect. Written by the master.

Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

- Rem Koolhaas duscusses a more spontaneous approach to architecture and urban design - a so-called culture of congestion. 

Architecture and Disjunction

- 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.




The Death and Life of Great American Cities (50th Anniversary Edition)

- 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.

Design of Cities: Revised Edition (Penguin Books)

- 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.

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape

- 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.

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

- 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.




The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects

- 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.

Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

- This work uses Chicago as a case study to discover how changing economic and technological factors effect the evolution of the city.

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

- 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.


Business Development


The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, 14th Ed.

- 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.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

- 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.


Tyson's Picks


Artificial Light: A Narrative Inquiry into the Nature of Abstraction, Immediacy, and Other Architectural Fictions

- My professor gave me this book during my thesis semester. It's brilliant.

Great Streets

- 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.

Invisible Cities

- This book is in narrative form, but once you've read it you'll never look at your hometown the same.

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