Further Reading

Note: books marked * were included on our Essential Reading list, March 2014.


Ambrose, Gavin and Paul Harris. Basics Design 02: Layout. West Sussex, UK: AVA Publishing SA, 2005.

Baker, Geoffrey H. Design Strategies in Architecture: An Approach to the Analysis of Form. New York, Van Nostrand, 1996.

Brolin, Brent. The Designer’s Eye: Problem Solving in Architectural Design. New York: W W Norton & Company, 2002.

Brown, G. Z. and Mark DeKay. Sun, Wind, & Light: Architectural Design Strategies. New York, Wiley & Sons, 2001.

Ching, Francis D.K. Architectural Graphics. New York, Van Nostrand, 1985.

*Ching, Francis D.K. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York, Van Nostrand, 1996.

*Ching, Francis D.K Design Drawing. New York: Wiley & Sons, 1998.

Frederick, Matthew. 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2007.

Lin, Mike. Drawing and Designing with Confidence. New York: Wiley & Sons, 1993.


Historical Overview

*Frampton, Kenneth. Modern Architecture: A Critical History. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1992.

Gargus, Jacqueline. Ideas of Order: A Formal Approach to Architecture. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1994.

Hitchcock, Henry-Russell. Architecture: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1987.

Kostof, Spiro. A History of Architecture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

*Pevsner, Nikolaus. An Outline of European Architecture. New York: Penguin Books, 1972.

*Watkin, David. A History of Western Architecture. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2000.


History, Theory, and Criticism

Alexander, Christopher, et al. A Pattern Language. New York: Oxford University Press, 1977.

*Arnheim, Rudolf. The Dynamics of Architectural Form. Los Angeles: The University of California Press, 1977.

Blake, Peter. The Master Builders. New York: W W Norton & Company, 1996.

Carpo, Mario, editor. The Digital Turn in Architecture: 1992-2012. West Sussex, UK: Wiley, 2013.

*Colquhoun, Alan. Essays in Architectural Criticism: Modern Architecture and Historical Change. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1981.

Connah, Roger. How Architecture Got Its Hump. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2001.

Conrads, Ulrich, editor. Programs and Manifestoes on 20th-Century Architecture. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1971.

de Botton, Alain. The Architecture of Happiness. New York: Vintage Books, 2006.

Droste, Magdalena and the Bauhaus Archiv. Bauhaus: 1919-1933. New York, Taschen, 2002.

Eisenman, Peter. Diagram Diaries. New York: Universe, 1999.

Friedman, Mildred, Frank Gehry, and Michael Sorkin. Gehry Talks: Architecture and Process. New York: Universe, 2002.

Goldberger, Paul. Why Architecture Matters. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009.

Gropius, Walter. The New Architecture and the Bauhaus. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1965.

*Hays, K. Michael, editor. Architecture Theory Since 1968. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1998.

Heskett, John. Toothpicks & Logos: Design in Everyday Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Hubbard, Bill Jr. A Theory for Practice. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1995.

Huxtable, Ada Louise. On Architecture. New York: Walker & Company, 2008.

*Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.

Kentgens-Craig, Margret. The Bauhaus and America: First Contacts, 1919-1936. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1999.

Kipnis, Jeffrey. Perfect Acts of Architecture. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2001.

*Koolhaas, Rem. Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Koolhaas, Rem and Bruce Mau. S, M, L, XL. New York: Monacelli Press, 1998.

*Le Corbusier. Towards a New Architecture. New York: Dover Publications, 1986.

Manaugh, Geoff. The BLDG BLOG Book. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2009.

McGrath, Brian, editor. Urban Design Ecologies. West Sussex, UK: Wiley & Sons, 2013.

Rasmussen, Steen Eiler. Experiencing Architecture. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1962.

*Rowe, Colin. The Mathematics of the Ideal Villa and Other Essays. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1987.

Steenbergen, Clemens and Wouter Reh. Architecture and Landscape. Munich: Prestel, 1996.

Sudjic, Deyan. The Edifice Complex. New York: Penguin Books, 2005.

Sykes, A. Krista, editor. The Architecture Reader: Essential Writings from Vitruvius to the Present. New York: George Braziller Publishers, 2007.

*Tschumi, Bernard. Architecture and Disjunction. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1996.

Tschumi, Bernard and Matthew Berman, editors. Index Architecture. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2003.

*Venturi, Robert. Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1966.

Venturi, Robert, and Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour. Learning From Las Vegas. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1972.

Wingler, Hans M. The Bauhaus. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1976.

Wittkower, Rudolf. Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism. New York: W W Norton & Company, 1971.

Wolfe, Tom. From Bauhaus to Our House. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1981.


Pedagogy / Architecture & Design Education

Ockman, Joan, editor. Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 2012.

Parnell, Rosie and Rachel Sara. The Crit: An Architecture Student’s Handbook. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, 2007.


Structures & Construction

Allen, Edward. Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods. New York: Wiley & Sons, 1999.

Ascher, Kate. The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper. New York: The Penguin Press, 2011.

*Ching, Francis D.K. Building Construction Illustrated. New York: Van Nostrand, 1975.

*Ching, Francis D.K., et al. Building Structures Illustrated: Patterns, Systems, and Design. New York: Wiley & Sons, 2009.

Kwok, Alison G. and Walter T. Grondzik. The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, 2007.

McMorrough, Julia. Materials, Structures, Standards. Beverly, MA: Rockport Publishers, 2006.

Petroski, Henry. To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.

*Salvadori, Mario. Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture. New York: W W Norton & Company, 2002.

*Salvadori, Mario and Matthys Levy. Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Fail. New York: W W Norton & Company, 2002.


Professional Practice, Management, & Creative Thinking

Allen, David. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. New York: Penguin Books, 2001.

American Institute of Architects. The Architecture Student’s Handbook of Professional Practice. New York: Wiley, 2008.

Granet, Keith. The Business of Design: Balancing Creativity and Profitability. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2011.

Hale-Evans, Ron. Mind Performance Hacks. Cambridge, MA: O’Reilly, 2006.

Heerkens, Gary R. Project Management. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Nussbaum, Bruce. Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and Inspire. New York: HarperCollins, 2013.

Piven, Peter and Bradford Perkins. Architect’s Essentials of Starting a Design Firm. New York: Wiley & Sons, 2003.


Magazines and Journals

Architect – The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects

Architectural Lighting

Architectural Record

Detail – Das Architekturportal

Dwell – “At Home in the Modern World”

Eco-Home Magazine and Eco-Structure Magazine via EcoBuilding Pulse

EDC Magazine – The Official Magazine for the LEED Professional

Metropolis Magazine – Architecture Culture Design

Residential Architect

The Architect’s Newspaper

The Architectural Review

Wallpaper Magazine – *The Stuff That Refines You


Blogs and Architectural News Sites



Architects 2Zebras – “by for and about architects of all stripes”

Architects Journal

Architecture Lab



A Daily Dose of Architecture – “(Almost) daily…”

BLDG BLOG – Architectural Conjecture, Urban Speculation, & Landscape Futures

Building Green

Coffee with an Architect – “Architecture + Angst”



Design Milk

Design Observer – “Design, Culture, Change”


Inhabitat – “Design will save the world.”

Life of an Architect

MoCo Loco



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