High quality architecture books for both professionals and students.
"Designed for Habitat" by David Hinson and Justin Miller. If you're looking for ways to give back to your community, then this book, the first to profile projects designed and built by architects and Habitat for Humanity, will help. Detailed plans, sections, and photographs show you how these projects came about, the strategies used by each team to approach the design and construction process, and the obstacles they overcame to realize a successful outcome.
"The Housing Design Handbook" by David Levitt gives you a complete understanding of what makes successful housing design. Through the analysis of work by Levitt Bernstein and a wide range of other UK practices, it illustrates good design principles and accumulates a wealth of knowledge in a readily accessible format for the first time.
"The Architecture of Light" by Mary Ann Steane aims to show you that natural light not only remains a potential source of order in architecture, but that natural lighting strategies impose a usefully creative discipline on design. Considering an approach to environmental context that sees light as a critical aspect of place, the book explores current attitudes to natural light by offering a series of in-depth studies of recent projects and the particular lighting issues they have addressed.
"Design-Tech" by Jason Alread and Thomas Leslie incorporates structural design, environmental principles, material science, and human factors, to show you how these topics rely upon and influence one another in architectural design. It also relates the technical with the theoretical, illustrating how technology and design have influenced one another historically.
"Introduction to Architectural Science" by Steven Szokolyay is an ideal reference, providing you with an understanding of the physical basis of architectural design. The knowledge you'll gain from this book will equip you with the tools to realize the full potential of the good intentions of sustainable, bioclimatic design.
"Adaptive Thermal Comfort" by Fergus Nicole, Michael Humphreys, and Susan Roaf is the first in a trilogy that explains, in a clear way, how we stay comfortable by using our bodies, minds, buildings, and their systems to adapt to indoor and outdoor conditions which change with the weather and the climate. It introduces the principles on which the theory of adaptive thermal comfort is based and explains how to use field studies to measure thermal comfort in practice and to analyze the data.
"The Art of Structures" by Aurelio Muttoni describes the complete panorama of supporting structures and their function by describing how loads are sustained and transmitted to the ground. With a minimum of mathematics, you're guided through the analysis of some of the world’s most famous designs and structures from a civil engineering perspective.
"Managing the Brief for Better Design" by Alastair Blyth and John Worthington shows that briefing is not just presenting a set of documents to the design team; it is a process of developing a deep understanding about client needs. The book provides both inspiration to clients and a framework for practitioners.
"Metric Handbook" by David Littlefield is the major handbook of planning and design data for architects and architecture students working with metric units. Covering basic design data for all the major building types, it is the ideal starting point for any project. For each building type, the book gives the basic design requirements and all the principal dimensional data, and succinct guidance on how to use the information and of what regulations the designer needs to be aware.
"Architect's Pocket Book" by Ann Ross and Jonathan Hetreed brings together a wealth of useful information that UK architects need on a daily basis – on site or in the studio. It provides guidance on a range of tasks, from complying with the Building Regulations, including the recent revisions to Part L, to helping with planning, use of materials and detailing.
"Integral Sustainable Design" by Mark DeKay uses integral theory to make sense of the many competing ideas in sustainable design and offers a powerful conceptual framework for designers through the four main perspectives of: behaviors, systems, experiences, and cultures. It also uses human developmental theory to reframe sustainable design across four levels of complexity present in society: the traditional, modern, postmodern, and integral waves.
"Design Innovation for the Built Environment" edited by Michael Hensel delivers an overview of research by design. It brings together a range of leading architects, architectural theorists, and designers, and outlines the developments in current practice from leading individuals based in the USA, UK, Australia, Japan, and Europe.
"Twenty Buildings Every Architect Should Understand" by Simon Unwin asks you to "read" the building and understand its starting point by analyzing its final form. Through the gradual revelations made by an understanding of the thinking behind the form, you learn a unique methodology which can be used every time you look at any building.
"Analysing Architecture" by Simon Unwin is a unique "notebook" of architectural strategies presenting an engaging introduction to elements and concepts in architectural design. Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author’s original drawings, examples are drawn from across the world and many periods of architectural history (from prehistoric times to the recent past) to illustrate analytical themes and to show how drawing can be used to study architecture.
"Matter" edited by Gail Peter Borden and Michael Meredith revolves around physical material making and design decisions that emerge from material interaction. Combining essays from both practice and academia, this book presents some of the most significant projects and thoughts on materiality from the last decade. Beautifully illustrated with a great deal of technical information throughout, it shows work, technique, and process, and positions it within a broader theoretical intention.
"Eleven Exercises in the A rt of Architectural Drawing" by Marco Frascari deals with the critical nature and crucial role of architectural drawings. Organized around eleven exercises, the book does not emphasize speed, nor incorporate many timesaving tricks typical of drawing books, but rather proposes a slow, meditative process for construing drawings and for drawing constructing thoughts.
"The Architect's Portfolio" by Andreas Luescher shows you a step-by-step approach to achieving a reflective, attractive, and successful representation of your work. Structured in four stages it takes you through each step needed in the creation of a successful portfolio, from understanding yourself and your market, to planning, designing and producing it.
"Exercises in Architecture" by Simon Unwin offers twelve exercises, each divided into a short series of tasks aimed at developing a particular theme or area of architectural capacity. The exercises deal with themes such as place-making, learning through drawing, framing, light, uses of geometry, stage setting, eliciting emotional responses, and the genetics of detail.