As an architecture student, you will quickly learn that architecture is all about BOOKS!  Below are some books that you may wish to reference and purchase; to assist, links to each book in AMAZON are provided.  One of my favorite from the list is Experiencing Architecture; I read it during my first year as an architecture student.  If you know of others, let me know —


Anthony, Kathryn. (1991). Design Juries on Trial: The Renaissance of the Design Studio. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold. ISBN 0-442-00235-1.

Design Juries on Trial unlocks the door to the mysterious design jury system—exposing its hidden agendas and helping you overcome intimidation, confrontation, and frustration. It explains how to improve the success rate of submissions to juries—whether in academic settings, for competitions, and awards programs, or for professional accounts.


Architecture for Humanity. (2012). Design Like You Give a Damn [2]: Building Change from the Ground Up. New York, NY: Metropolis Books. ISBN 0-810-99702-9.

Design Like You Give a Damn [2] is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives.


Bell, Bryan and Wakeford, Katie (eds.). (2008). Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism. New York: Metropolis Books. ISBN 1-933-04578-7.

Expanding Architecture presents a new generation of creative design carried out in the service of the greater public and the greater good. Questioning how design can improve daily lives, editors Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford map an emerging geography of architectural activism—or “public-interest architecture”—that might function akin to public-interest law or medicine by expanding architecture’s all too often elite client base.


Bizios, Georgia and Wakeford, Katie (2011). Bridging the Gap: Public Interest Internships. Self-Published.

Bridging the Gap, a collection of 19 essays, brings together the best in current practice and thinking regarding public-interest architectural internship and advocates for new models that will have the power to profoundly change the architectural profession and our communities.


Cary, John (2017). Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone. Island Press. ISBN: 978-1610917933

” Twenty-nine multinational case studies from 10 countries and seven U.S. states are presented in which professionals allied with disenfranchised and poor people work to produce buildings and plans that serve and dignify their needs…[the book] sets an admirably high standard by conveying good news and good ideas without pretending there were no problems.”


Ching, Francis D. K. (2012). Introduction to Architecture. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 1-118-14206-3

Presents the essential texts and drawings of Francis Ching for those new to design and architecture.  The book explains the experience and practice of architecture and allied disciplines for future professionals.


Ching, Francis D. K. (2007). Architecture: Form, Space & Order. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-28616-8.

This classic visual reference helps both students and practicing architects understand the basic vocabulary of architectural design by examining how form and space are ordered in the built environment. Using his trademark meticulous drawing, Professor Ching shows the relationship between fundamental elements of architecture through the ages and across cultural boundaries.


Frederick, Matthew. (2007). 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-06266-4.

As stated on the book jacket, this is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks; it provides a much-needed primer in architectural literacy.


Ginsberg, Beth. (2004). The ECO Guide to Careers that Make a Difference: Environmental Work for a Sustainable World. Washington, DC: Island Press. ISBN 1-55963-967-9.

This publication provides an overview of career choices and opportunities and identifies development employment trends as the environmental community looks forward to the pressing needs of the twenty-first century.


Kim, Grace. (2006). The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 0-471-69263-8.


Lewis, R. K. (2013). Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession. Boston, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 9-780-26251884-0.

Using three sections: (1) “To Be or Not To Be . . . an Architect,” (2) “Becoming an Architect,” and (3) “Being an Architect,” the author provides an inside look at the profession, its educational process, and weighing the pros and cons of becoming an architect. Written by Roger K. Lewis, an emeritus professor of architecture from the University of Maryland, the book is excellent reading for an aspiring architect.


Linton, Harold. (2012). Portfolio Design, 4th Edition. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-393-73253-5.

More than any other, this book provides critical information on creating, preparing and producing a portfolio, an element necessary for architecture students in applying to graduate programs or seeking employment.


Marjanovic, Igor, Ruedi Ray, Katerina, and Lokko, Lesley Naa Norle. (2003). The Portfolio: An Architecture Student’s Handbook. Oxford, England: Architectural Press. ISBN 0-7506-5764-2.

Gives practical advice for the creation of the portfolio covering issues of size, storage, layout, and order. Further, it guides the student through the various forms a portfolio can take: the electronic portfolio, the academic portfolio, and the professional portfolio, suggesting different approaches and different media to use in order to create the strongest portfolio possible.


Marjanovic, Igor, Ruedi Ray, Katerina, and Tankard, Jane. (2005). Practical Experience: An Architecture Student’s Guide to Internship and the Year Out. Oxford, England: Architectural Press. ISBN 0-7506-6206-9.

In order to give you a real insight into professional experience, this guide includes real-life case studies from students who have been through the experience and from practices that have taken them on. It guides you through the steps of finding a placement, outlines the norms and expectations for internship in different countries, and discusses codes of office behavior and professional ethics.


Masengarb, Jennifer and Rehbien, Krisann. (2007). The Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings. Chicago, IL: Chicago Architecture Foundation. ISBN 0-962-05627-8.

Focuses on the design and construction of residential architecture. Through hands-on activities, The Architecture Handbook teaches both the fundamentals of architectural design and technical drawing. Students also build knowledge and gain skills through group design projects, sketching, model making, mapping, research, critical thinking, problem solving, and class presentations.


Parnell, Rosie and Sara, Rachel (2007). The Crit: An Architecture Student’s Handbook. Oxford, England: Architectural Press. ISBN 0-7506-8225-6.

This fully updated edition includes advice and suggestions for tutors on how to model a crit around a broad range of learning styles to ensure that the process is constructive and beneficial for all architecture and design scholars.


Patt, Doug. (2012). How to Architect. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.  ISBN: 978-0-262-51699-0

In How to Architect, Patt–an architect and the creator of a series of wildly popular online videos about architecture–presents the basics of architecture in A-Z form, starting with “A is for Asymmetry” (as seen in Chartres Cathedral and Frank Gehry), detouring through “N is for Narrative,” and ending with “Z is for Zeal.”


Pressman, Andy. (1993). Architecture 101: A Guide to the Design Studio. New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-57318-3.

Introduces students to the design studio and helps them to develop a process by which they can complete design projects. Covering every practical element of this central experience, from setting up that first day to landing that first job, this important work features contributions from some of the most distinguished names in architecture.


Pressman, Andy. (2012). Designing Architecture: The Elements of Process. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-978-0-415-59516-2.

Designing Architecture is an indispensable tool to assist both students and young architects in formulating an idea, transforming it into a building, and making effective design decisions. This book promotes integrative and critical thinking in the preliminary design of buildings to inspire creativity, innovation, and design excellence.


Pressman, Andy. (2006). Professional Practice 101: Business Strategies and Case Studies in Architecture. New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-68366-7.

Provides fresh light on the many issues involved in the operation of an architectural practice — from how a firm is structured to how it manages projects and secures new business. Case studies, new to the this edition, augment each chapter as does a wealth of material including coverage of a topics on architectural practice


Rasmussen, Steen Eiler. (1959). Experiencing Architecture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-68002-5.

Profusely illustrated with fine instances of architectural experimentation through the centuries, this classic manages to convey the intellectual excitement of superb design.


Swett, FAIA, Richard N. (2005). Leadership by Design: Creating an Architecture of Trust. Atlanta, GA: Greenway Communications. ISBN: 0-9755654-0-0.

Leadership by Design investigates the unique civic leadership strengths of the architecture profession. Drawing upon the compelling history of the profession, both past and present, as well as from his own singular experience as the only architect to serve in Congress during the twentieth century, Swett has produced an insightful volume that is both inspiring and instructive.


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