September 25, 2016

Books: Starting your Architecture Library

Every architectural reference library has to start somewhere. Here is a list of the best architecture books to start your collection with. 

Introduction to Architecture

Francis D. K. Ching (affiliate link)

Introduction to Architecture presents the essential texts and drawings of Francis D. K. Ching for those new to architecture and design. With his typical highly graphic approach, this Ching text surveys the design of spaces, buildings, and cities in an easy to understand graphic format. Readers will explore the histories and theories of architecture, design elements and process, and the technical aspects of the contemporary profession of architecture.

Architecture: Form, Space, & Order 

Francis D. K. Ching (affiliate link)

For over forty years, the Francis Ching's beautifully illustrated Architecture: Form, Space, and Order has served as the classic introduction to basic architectural design vocabulary. The updated and revised Fourth Edition features the fundamental elements of space and form and is designed to encourage critical thought in order to promote a more evocative understanding of architecture.

Analysing Architecture

In its fourth edition, Analysing Architecture has become internationally established as the best introduction to architecture. Though primarily aimed at those wishing to become professional architects, it had much to offer those in architecture related disciplines. With lots of illustrations from his own notebooks, the author, Simon Unwin dissects architecture from around the world and all periods of history to explain underlying architectural design strategies and shows how drawings may be used as a medium for analysis.

Vitruvius: The Ten Books on Architecture

The oldest and most influential book ever written on architecture, The Ten Books on Architecture by Vitruvius has served as a guide to Bramante, Michelangelo, Palladio, Vignola, and countless others. It describes the classic principles of symmetry, harmony, and proportion as well as the ancients' methods, materials, and aesthetics. Authoritative translation by a distinguished Harvard professor.

Architectural Graphics

Francis D. K. Ching (affiliate link)

Architectural Graphics is the classic bestselling reference by one of the leading authorities on architectural design drawing, Francis D.K. Ching. If you aren't familiar with him, any book by him is a must have. Now in its sixth edition, this essential guide on architectural drawing offers a comprehensive introduction to using graphic tools and drafting conventions to translate architectural ideas into effective visual presentations. The entire book is illustrated by Ching and his distinctive drawings to illustrate various topics effectively.

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