Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture - August 2021

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

1. Building Construction Illustrated


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture - August 2021

The #1 visual guide to building construction principles, updated with the latest materials, methods, and systems For over four decades, Building Construction Illustrated has been the leading visual guide to the principles of building construction. Filled with rich illustrations and in-depth content by renowned author Francis D.K. Ching, it offers students and practicing professionals the information needed to understand concepts in residential and commercial construction, architecture, and structural engineering. This Sixth Edition of Building Construction Illustrated has been revised throughout to reflect the latest advancements in building design, materials, and systems, including resilient design, diagrids, modular foundation systems, smart façade systems, lighting sources, mass timber materials, and more. It features new illustrations and updated information on sustainability and green building, insulation materials, and fire-rated wall and floor assemblies. This respected, industry standard guide remains as relevant as ever, providing the latest in codes and standards requirements, including IBC, LEED, and CSI MasterFormat. This Sixth Edition:   The leading illustrated guide to building construction fundamentals, written and detailed in Frank Ching's signature, illustrative style Includes all new sections on resilient design; diagrids; modular foundation systems; smart façade types and systems; lighting sources and systems; and mass timber materials, cross laminated timber (CLT) and nail laminated timber (NLT) Revised to reflect that latest updates in codes and standards requirements: 2018 International Building Code (IBC), LEED v4, and CSI MasterFormat 2018 Includes updated information on sustainability and green building; insulation materials; stair uses; stoves and inserts; and fire-rated wall and floor assemblies Offers instructors access to an Instructor's Manual with review questions Building Construction Illustrated, Sixth Edition is an excellent book for students in architecture, civil and structural engineering, construction management, and interior design programs. Ching communicates these core principles of building construction in a way that resonates with those beginning their education and those well into their careers looking to brush up on the basics. Building Construction Illustrated is a reliable, lifelong guide that practicing architects, engineers, construction managers, and interior designers, will turn to time and again throughout their careers.

  • Author: Francis D. K. Ching
  • Publisher: Wiley; 6th edition (January 29, 2020)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1119583080
  • Dimensions: 8.34 x 1.02 x 10.62 inches

                 

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture - 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

                 

3. Architecture: Form, Space, & Order


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture - August 2021

THE CLASSIC ARCHITECTURAL REFERENCE, UPDATED WITH CONTEMPORARY EXAMPLES AND INTERACTIVE RESOURCES For more than forty years, the beautifully illustrated Architecture: Form, Space, and Order has served as the classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architectural design. 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. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order distills complex concepts of design into a clear focus and brings difficult abstractions to life. The book explains form and space in relation to light, view, openings, and enclosures and explores the organization of space, and the elements and relationships of circulation, as well as proportion and scale. In addition, the text’s detailed illustrations demonstrate the concepts presented and reveal the relationships between fundamental elements of architecture through the ages and across cultures. This edition includes an access card with a redemption code for the online Interactive Resource Center , which features thirty five animations, flashcards of key architectural terms, and an image gallery showcasing hundreds of photos that enrich the book’s content.

  • Author: Francis D. K. Ching
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4th edition (September 29, 2014)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture
  • ISBN: 978-1118745083
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.7 inches

                 

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture - 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

                 

5. Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2018 International Building Code


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture - August 2021

THE BESTSELLING, FULLY ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE Uniquely marrying the graphic skills of bestselling author Francis D.K Ching with the code expertise of Steven Winkel, FAIA, the new sixth edition of Building Codes Illustrated  is a clear, concise, and easy-to-use visual guide to the International Building Code (IBC) for 2018. Fully updated throughout, it highlights all of the changes to the code for quick reference and easy navigation. It pulls out the portions of the building code that are most relevant for the architect and provides an easy-to-understand interpretation in both words and illustrations.  The first two chapters of Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2018 International Building Code, Sixth Edition give background and context regarding the develop­ment, organization, and use of the IBC. The following sections cover such information as: use and occupancy; building heights and areas; types of construction; fire-resistive construction; interior finishes; means of egress; accessibility; energy efficiency; roof assemblies; structural provisions; special inspections and tests; soils and foundations; building materials and systems; and more. A complete, user-friendly guide to code-compliant projects Highlights all the significant changes in the 2018 IBC Uses clear language and Frank Ching's distinctive illustrations to demystify the 2018 International Build Code (IBC) text Provides students and professionals with a fundamental understanding of IBC development, interpretation, and application  Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2018 International Building Code gives students and professionals in architecture, interior design, construction, and engineering a user-friendly, easy-to-use guide to the fundamentals of the 2018 IBC.

  • Author: Francis D. K. Ching
  • Publisher: Wiley; 6th edition (June 26, 2018)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1119480358
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 10.6 inches

                 



6. Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture - August 2021

Discover insider secrets of how America’s transportation system is designed, funded, and built – and how to make it work for your community In Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town, renowned speaker and author of Strong Towns Charles L. Marohn Jr. delivers an accessible and engaging exploration of America’s transportation system, laying bare the reasons why it no longer works as it once did, and how to modernize transportation to better serve local communities. You’ll discover real-world examples of poor design choices and how those choices have dramatic and tragic effects on the lives of the people who use them. You’ll also find case studies and examples of design improvements that have revitalized communities and improved safety. This important book shows you: The values of the transportation professions, how they are applied in the design process, and how those priorities differ from those of the public. How the standard approach to transportation ensures the maximum amount of traffic congestion possible is created each day, and how to fight that congestion on a budget. Bottom-up techniques for spending less and getting higher returns on transportation projects, all while improving quality of life for residents. Perfect for anyone interested in why transportation systems work – and fail to work – the way they do, Confessions of a Recovering Engineer is a fascinating insider’s peek behind the scenes of America’s transportation systems.

  • Author: Charles L. Marohn Jr.
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (September 8, 2021)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1119699293

                 

7. The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture - August 2021

The time saving resource every architect needs The Architect’s Studio Companion is a robust, user friendly resource that keeps important information at your fingertips throughout the design process. It includes guidelines for the design of structure, environmental systems, parking, accessibility, and more. This new sixth edition has been fully updated with the latest model building codes for the U.S. and Canada, extensive new information on heating and cooling systems for buildings, and new structural systems, all in a form that facilitates rapid preliminary design. More than just a reference, this book is a true companion that no practicing architect or student should be without. This book provides quick access to guidelines for systems that affect the form and spatial organization of buildings and allows this information to be incorporated into the earliest stages of building design. With it you can: Select, configure, and size structural systems Plan for building heating and cooling Incorporate passive systems and daylighting into your design Design for parking and meet code related life safety and accessibility requirements Relying on straightforward diagrams and clear written explanations, the designer can lay out the fundamental systems of a building in a matter of minutes―without getting hung up on complicated technical concepts. By introducing building systems into the early stages of design, the need for later revisions or redesign is reduced, and projects stay on time and on budget. The Architect’s Studio Companion is the time saving tool that helps you bring it all together from the beginning.

  • Author: Edward Allen
  • Publisher: Wiley; 6th edition (January 17, 2017)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1119092414
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 10.9 inches

                 

8. Design Drawing


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture - August 2021

THE CLASSIC GUIDE TO DRAWING FOR DESIGNERS, REVISED AND UPDATED TO INCLUDE CURRENT DIGITAL-DRAWING TECHNIQUES Hand drawing is an integral part of the design process and central to the architecture profession. An architect's precise interpretation and freedom of expression are captured through hand drawing, and it is perhaps the most fundamental skill that the designer must develop in order to communicate thoughts and ideas effectively. In his distinctive style, world-renowned author Francis D. K. Ching presents Design Drawing, Third Edition , the classic guide to hand drawing that clearly demonstrates how to use drawing as a practical tool for formulating and working through design problems. While digital tools continue to evolve, this Third Edition includes new illustrations and information on the latest digital-drawing techniques. Design Drawing, Third Edition covers the basics of drawing, including line, shape, tone, and space. Guiding the reader step-by-step through the entire drawing process, this Third Edition also examines different types of drawing techniques such as multiview, paraline, and perspective drawings―and reveals how the application of these techniques creates remarkable results. In addition, Design Drawing, Third Edition : • Features over 1,500 hand drawings―stunning illustrations in the author's signature style that reinforce the concepts and lessons of each chapter • Offers new exercises and illustrative examples that range in complexity • Presents all-new digital drawing topics, such as hybrid floor plans, digital models and fabrication, and hand-to-digital fluency • Includes access to a new website featuring videos of the author demonstrating freehand techniques in a step-by-step manner in the studio and on location Written and illustrated for professional architects, designers, fine artists, illustrators, instructors and students, Design Drawing, Third Edition is an all-in-one package and effective tool that clearly demonstrates drawing concepts and techniques in a visually stimulating format that outshines other works in the field.

  • Author: Francis D. K. Ching
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3rd edition (January 23, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture
  • ISBN: 978-1119508595
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.7 inches

                 

9. Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use--Includes How to Make Ferrocement Water Tanks


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture - August 2021

This do-it-yourself guide is an invaluable resource for designing, building, and maintaining water tanks, cisterns, and ponds, and sustainably managing groundwater storage. It will assist you with handling your independent water system, fire protection setup, and disaster preparedness plan, while keeping costs low and incorporating ecologically sound designs. It also includes building instructions for several styles of ferro-cement water tanks.

  • Author: Art Ludwig
  • Publisher: Oasis Design; 2nd edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-0964343368
  • Dimensions: 8.59 x 0.31 x 11.06 inches

                 

10. The Gypsum Construction Handbook


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture - August 2021

The tried-and-true Gypsum Construction Handbook is a systematic guide to selecting and using gypsum drywall, veneer plaster, tile backers, ceilings, and conventional plaster building materials. A widely respected training text for aspiring architects and engineers, the book provides detailed product information and efficient installation methodology. The Seventh Edition features updates in gypsum products, including ultralight panels, glass-mat panels, paperfaced plastic bead, and ultralightweight joint compound, and modern specialty acoustical and ceiling product guidelines. This comprehensive reference also incorporates the latest in sustainable products.

  • Author: USG
  • Publisher: RSMeans; 7th edition (March 3, 2014)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1118749845
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches