The Best (2018) Architecture books for Students

A selection of the best architecture books for students, covering architectural design, theory, history, concepts and detail and construction. Suitable for beginners to architecture, architecture students and young aspiring architects. 

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Thomas Heatherwick Making

Covering the studios complete output over twenty years - some 170 projects - Thomas Heatherwick: Making answers what many have asked: How did he do that? Heatherwick Studio has continued to expand since the original edition was published in 2012

 

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their bags. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom

 

Building Construction Illustrated

For over three decades, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. This new edition of the revered classic remains as relevant as ever, providing the latest information in Francis D.K. Ching′s signature style.

OPERATIVE DESIGN: A CATALOGUE OF SPATIAL VERBS

The core idea for this project is to use operative verbs as tools for designing space. These operative verbs abstract the idea of spatial formation to its most basic terms, allowing for an objective approach to create the foundation for subjective spatial design.

 

Architectural Graphics

Now in its sixth edition, this essential guide offers a comprehensive introduction to using graphic tools and drafting conventions to translate architectural ideas into effective visual presentations, using hundreds of the author's distinctive drawings to illustrate the topic effectively.

Le Corbusier - An Analysis of Form

This unique appraisal of the famous Swiss architect's major works have now been expanded to include two more buildings. The Villa Shodhan and the Pavilion Suisse round out the coverage of Le Corbusier's significant works. 

 

Building Construction Handbook

The Building Construction Handbook is THE authoritative reference for all construction students and professionals. Its detailed drawings clearly illustrate the construction of building elements, and have been an invaluable guide for builders since 1988. The principles and processes of construction are explained with the concepts of design included where appropriate. 

Materials for Architectural Design

In architectural education, the study of materials and the study of design are often treated as separate areas of discourse, when in reality the two are utterly intertwined. The choice of construction materials affects the look and feel of built form, while inspired design sense injects life into a building's ingredients.

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Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures

Systematically structured and prepared with the student in mind, the book conveys in one volume the necessary basic technical building construction knowledge to enable readers to implement a wide range of designs. It has developed into an indispensable information and reference handbook, not only for students and teachers, but also for architects.

Yes is More: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution

Action-packed architecture! A manifesto of architecture as seen by the Copenhagen-based group BIG, told in comic book form Yes is More is the easily accessible but unremittingly radical manifesto of Copenhagen-based architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group, or BIG

 

The Environmental Design Pocketbook

The Environmental Design Pocketbook 2nd edition places the information you need for sustainable, low energy building design at your fingertips. Packed with diagrams, tools and tips, it cuts through the complex mass of technical data and legislation that faces the designer, and distils all the key guidance into a single reference that is quick, easy to use and points to the facts, figures and performance data that are most important.

Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data

The Metric Handbook is the major handbook of planning and design data for architects and architecture students. Covering basic design data for all the major building types it is the ideal starting point for any project. For each building type, the book gives the basic design requirements and all the principal dimensional data, and succinct guidance on how to use the information and what regulations the designer needs to be aware of.

 

Modern Architecture Since 1900 

This book is now well established as the standard work on 20th century architecture. Worldwide in scope, it combines a general outline of the growth of a modern tradition with a masterly analysis and interpretation of individual buildings.

Architectural Modelmaking

Physical model is an important communication tool for architects. Although the proliferation of CAD programs has enabled the creation of increasingly complex computer models and virtual environments, there is also a growing need to address the three-dimensional qualities of architecture that may be lost when using such media.