Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Architecture Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Perspective Made Easy (Dover Art Instruction)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - August 2021

Perspective, the author tells us, is easy; yet surprisingly few artists are aware of the simple rules that make it so. This easy-to-follow book — the first devoted entirely to clarifying the laws of perspective — remedies the situation. In it, the author uses over 250 simple line drawings to illustrate the concepts involved. Beginning with clear, concise, immediately applicable discussions of the horizon, vanishing point, and the crucial relationship of eye level to perspective drawing, you'll learn how to place figures and objects in a drawing, depict interiors, create shade and shadows, and achieve all the other elements necessary for a successful perspective drawing. By repeatedly stressing important points, Mr. Norling teaches you to make them second-nature. Moreover, his approach is so simple and direct that no matter how little raw talent or experience you have, you will soon be able to apply these techniques almost instinctively. Mastery of perspective is a basic skill every artist must have. This simple, nontechnical guide will enable you to master its essentials in a relatively short time. Clear and concise, this book is an essential addition to any artist's bookshelf.

  • Author: Ernest R. Norling
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 31537th edition (January 19, 1999)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0486404738
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches


2. Best-Selling 1-Story Home Plans, Updated 4th Edition: Over 360 Dream-Home Plans in Full Color (Creative Homeowner) Craftsman, Country, Contemporary, and Traditional Designs with 250+ Color Photos

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - August 2021

If you're planning to build your own one-story dream home, this extensive collection will show you the best selling and most stylish designs available today! More than 360 plans to help you find & build your dream home More than 250 color photos of finished 1-story homes Home plans from top architects and designers from all over North America Wide variety of styles and sizes suited for any budget, from Traditional Ranch style to Country Craftsman cottages Special sections featuring outdoor living trends, kitchen design ideas, today's top features in a home, & how to maximize your living space CAD blueprint files available for order, for easy customizing More than 350 home plans were selected for Best-Selling 1-Story Home Plans, Updated 4th Edition as most desirable based on actual sales data. From convenient ranch homes to traditional cottages, you'll find a wide variety of styles and sizes here to meet your budget. And with complete construction blueprints available for each and every house shown, you can build your special home just the way you want!

  • Author: Editors of Creative Homeowner
  • Publisher: Design Originals; 4th Updated & Revised edition (July 10, 2017)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1580117951
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches


3. Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - August 2021

Sick of McMansions? Marianne Cusato, creator of the award-winning Katrina Cottages, is a champion of traditional architectural principles: structural common sense, aesthetics of form, appropriateness to a neighborhood, and sustainability. She presents the definitive guide to what makes houses look and feel right, revealing the dos and don'ts of livable home design. Hundreds of elegant line drawings--rendering the varieties of architectural features and displaying “avoid” and “use” versions of the same elements side by side--make this an indispensable resource for designing and building a timelessly beautiful home.

  • Author: Marianne Cusato
  • Publisher: Sterling; Illustrated edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1402791031
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.7 inches


4. The Fifty Dollar and Up Underground House Book

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - August 2021

Mike Oehler has created a visionary style of underground architecture that is unparalled to any before him in this timeless book. Mike has lived underground in his self made house for over twenty years. He is a brilliant man that lives a simple life in a very much confused world.

  • Author: Mike Oehler
  • Publisher: Mole Publishing Company; 4th edition (December 1, 1981)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-0442273118
  • Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches


5. The Very Efficient Carpenter: Basic Framing for Residential Construction (For Pros / By Pros)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - August 2021

Here's your chance to become a more efficient carpenter. Larry Haun has been a production framer for more than 35 years and a teacher of apprentices for more than 20. In this book, Haun shows you, step by step, all the techniques he uses to frame a basic house, from laying down the sills to cutting the rafters. You'll learn about: cutting and installing posts and girders joisting and sheathing fluently laying out, cutting, assembling, and raising walls framing gable roofs, hips and valleys, and truss roofs building various types of stairs There is an opening chapter on tools, plans, codes, permits, lumber, and materials, and additional information throughout the book on safety and site-built tools. The Very Efficient Carpenter is no less than a complete course in basic framing.

  • Author: Larry Haun
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (October 1, 1998)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture
  • ISBN: 978-1561583263
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches


6. Case Study Houses (Basic Art Series 2.0)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - August 2021

The Case Study House program (1945–1966) was a unique event in the history of American architecture. Sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, the program sought to respond to the postwar building boom with prototype modern homes that could be both easily replicated and readily affordable to the average American. Concentrated on the Los Angeles area, the Case Study Houses included 36 model homes commissioned from such major architects of the day as Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen, A. Quincy Jones, and Ralph Rapson. Their criteria included “using, as far as is practicable, many war-born techniques and materials best suited to the expression of man’s life in the modern world.” The results of the program would redefine the modern home and extend influence not only across the United States but around the world. This compact guide includes all of the Case Study Houses with over 150 photos and plans, as well as a map showing locations of all sites, including those that no longer exist. About the series Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Architecture series features: an introduction to the life and work of the architect the major works in chronological order information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts, and plans)

  • Author: Elizabeth A. T. Smith
  • Publisher: TASCHEN; Illustrated edition (March 19, 2016)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture
  • ISBN: 978-3836535601
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches


7. Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - August 2021

In a book that Business Insider noted as one of the "14 Books that inspired Elon Musk," J.E. Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose. For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back--or give way under--thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper, a bias-cut dress, or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions. Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down is an informal explanation of the basic forces that hold together the ordinary and essential things of this world--from buildings and bodies to flying aircraft and eggshells. In a style that combines wit, a masterful command of his subject, and an encyclopedic range of reference, Gordon includes such chapters as "How to Design a Worm" and "The Advantage of Being a Beam," offering humorous insights in human and natural creation. Architects and engineers will appreciate the clear and cogent explanations of the concepts of stress, shear, torsion, fracture, and compression. If you're building a house, a sailboat, or a catapult, here is a handy tool for understanding the mechanics of joinery, floors, ceilings, hulls, masts--or flying buttresses. Without jargon or oversimplification, Structures opens up the marvels of technology to anyone interested in the foundations of our everyday lives.

  • Author: J. E. Gordon
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st edition (July 10, 2003)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0306812835
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.13 x 9 inches


8. Learn to Timber Frame: Craftsmanship, Simplicity, Timeless Beauty

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - August 2021

The first guide to timber framing written specifically for beginners! Expert Will Beemer takes you through the entire process from start to finish, beginning with timber sourcing and ending with a finished building. Using full-color photos, detailed drawings, and clear step-by-step instructions, Beemer shows you exactly how to build one small (12ʹ x 16ʹ) timber-frame structure — suitable for use as a cabin, workshop, or studio. He also explains how to modify the structure to suit your needs and location by adding a loft, moving doors or windows, changing the roof pitch, or making the frame larger or smaller. You’ll end up with a beautiful building as well as solid timber-framing skills that you can use for a lifetime.

  • Author: Will Beemer
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (May 3, 2016)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1612126685
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches


9. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - August 2021

You can use this book to design a house for yourself with your family; you can use it to work with your neighbors to improve your town and neighborhood; you can use it to design an office, or a workshop, or a public building. And you can use it to guide you in the actual process of construction. After a ten-year silence, Christopher Alexander and his colleagues at the Center for Environmental Structure are now publishing a major statement in the form of three books which will, in their words, "lay the basis for an entirely new approach to architecture, building and planning, which will we hope replace existing ideas and practices entirely." The three books are The Timeless Way of Building , The Oregon Experiment , and this book, A Pattern Language . At the core of these books is the idea that people should design for themselves their own houses, streets, and communities. This idea may be radical (it implies a radical transformation of the architectural profession) but it comes simply from the observation that most of the wonderful places of the world were not made by architects but by the people. At the core of the books, too, is the point that in designing their environments people always rely on certain "languages," which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a forma system which gives them coherence. This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable a person to make a design for almost any kind of building, or any part of the built environment. "Patterns," the units of this language, are answers to design problems (How high should a window sill be? How many stories should a building have? How much space in a neighborhood should be devoted to grass and trees?). More than 250 of the patterns in this pattern language are given: each consists of a problem statement, a discussion of the problem with an illustration, and a solution. As the authors say in their introduction, many of the patterns are archetypal, so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seemly likely that they will be a part of human nature, and human action, as much in five hundred years as they are today.

  • Author: Christopher Alexander
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 1, 1977)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0195019193
  • Dimensions: 2 x 5.7 x 7.9 inches


10. Black: Architecture in Monochrome, mini format

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - August 2021

A stunning journey through the world's most dramatic and inspiring black architecture - now in a cool, compact new format In this sleek, stylish and easy-to-use new size, Black: Architecture in Monochrome highlights the exquisite elegance of black in the built world through more than 150 structures. From ancient churches to contemporary skyscrapers, Black demonstrates how hues from ebony to onyx have been beloved by architects for centuries. Insightful texts paired with striking photography bring to life these captivating buildings including works by Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, David Adjaye, Jean Nouvel, Peter Marino, and Steven Holl.

  • Author: Stella Paul
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (January 22, 2020)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1838660697
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 1.55 x 7.8 inches