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12 Most Important Architecture Books for Students

Architecture books are the best source of knowledge for architecture / design students. They help you enhance your personality and provide complete information about the structures and materials which are presently available or coming up. Here is a list of top 10 most important architecture books which every architecture student must read and follow.

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A History of Architecture by Banister Fletcher

The study of architecture opens up the enjoyment of buildings with an appreciation of their purpose, meaning and charm.’ These words, from the tenth edition of Banister Fletcher’s “A History of Architecture” in 1938, aptly summarise what Banister Fletcher has become for generations of students and architects—an easy-to-use reference book with all the world’s major architecture described, explained and, in many cases, fully illustrated. In this twentieth and centenary edition, chapters have been recast and expanded and a third of the text is new. This unique architecture book places buildings in their social, cultural and historical settings to describe the main patterns of architectural development, from Prehistoric to the International Style.

Vitruvius : Ten Books on Architecture

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, a Roman architect and engineer flourishing in the first century B.C., was the author of the oldest and most influential work on architecture in existence. For hundreds of years, the specific instructions he gave in his “Ten Books on Architecture” were followed faithfully, and major buildings in all parts of the world reveal the widespread influence of his precepts. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, he was “the chief authority studied by architects, and in every point his precepts were accepted as final. Bramante, Michelangelo, Palladio, Vignola, and earlier were careful students of the work of Vitruvius.” His book is thus one of those rare works that have been supremely important in the creation of the greatest art masterpieces.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand represents struggle of the human spirit to triumph in its fight against collectivism. Regarded as her breakthrough novel, the book that soon came to be regarded as a masterpiece was rejected by 12 publishers, before finally seeing the light of the day. Read the book to find out what made it such a huge success and why it has remained a top-of-the-mind literary effort even after all these years. When Ayn Rand started to write The Fountainhead, she wanted to steer clear of making any overt political statement. But as she began to spell out the story of the proudly individualistic Howard Roark, an architect who struggles to survive in a world ruled by traditions, she realized that there was no escaping the political or philosophical undertones.

A visual Dictionary of Architecture

A Visual Dictionary of Architecture includes fundamental terms relating to architectural design, history, and technology. The information is clustered around basic aspects of architecture as outlined in the table of contents instead of alphabetical listing. It’s one amongst the most important architecture books for students of architecture.

Architectural Graphic Standards

The new student edition of the definitive architectural reference For seventy–five years, Architectural Graphic Standards has been the go–to reference for architects, builders, and engineers. Carefully abridged from the Eleventh Edition of Architectural Graphic Standards, this Student Edition features the same richly detailed graphics and text that have made Architectural Graphic Standards a classic, but updated and reorganized in a way that is relevant to today′s student. Thousands of illustrations and a rich index offer immediate access to hundreds of architectural elements, while the wide variety of topics covered makes architecture books relevant throughout a student’s architecture education and into the early stages of professional practice.

101 Things I learned in Architecture School

This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom. These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation—from the basics of “How to Draw a Line” to the complexities of color theory—provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy, making concrete what too often is left nebulous or open-ended in the architecture curriculum.

Francis D.K. Ching : Building Construction Illustrated

This new edition of Building Construction Illustrated remains as relevant as ever, with the most current knowledge presented in a rich and comprehensive manner that does not disappoint. Whether one is involved with residential building or commercial construction, interior architecture or structural engineering, Building Construction Illustrated will give clear answers in a beautiful presentation. · The Building Site.

Francis D. K. Ching - Architecture: Form, Space, Order

No architectural reference shelf is complete without Francis Ching’s Architecture: Form, Space, Order (now in it’s second and updated edition). Ching provides a fundamental introduction to the principles of form, space, and order — the basic vocabulary for every architect! Ching interprets form, discussing point, line, plane, volume, proportion, scale, circulation, and the interdependence of form and space. Plus, he analyzes architectural models drawn from around the world as he illustrates each concept. The architectural drawings are personally executed by Ching himself.

Letters to a Young Architect

Amongst the Top Ten Best Selling Books, Non-Fiction in India for 18 running weeks, this is a must read for the layman and the architect alike. Born an American, celebrated in India as a leading architect and urbanist, Benninger possesses a sense of timelessness that spreads across oceans and over mountains. Letters to a Young Architect is a sensitive memoir of his life in India and his personal concerns about architectural theory and contemporary urban issues.

Analysing Architecture

Now in its fourth edition, Analysing Architecture has become internationally established as the best introduction to architecture. Aimed primarily at those wishing to become professional architects, it also offers those in disciplines related to architecture (from archaeology to stage design, garden design to installation art), a clear and accessible insight into the workings of this rich and fascinating subject. With copious illustrations from his own notebooks, the author dissects examples from around the world and all periods of history to explain underlying strategies in architectural design and show how drawing may be used as a medium for analysis.

Becoming an Architect : A Guide to Careers in Design

Becoming an Architect is the definitive guide to obtaining the skills and education necessary to be an architect. This hands–on book features complete coverage of the three central components of becoming an architect education, experience, and exam. Waldrep guides the reader through the major hurdles of graduating with an accredited professional degree in architecture, gaining experience through an internship, and passing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).

This collection of architecture books is a must for every student of architecture throughout his/her journey of becoming an Effective Architect.

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Guneet Singh Khurana
Ar. Guneet Singh Khurana is a visionary architect, author and currently working in Design Arch as Principal Architect. He holds B.Arch degree from Department of Architecture, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. His creative approach and interest in designing inspired him to pursue future in architecture. He has an extensive experience in the field of architecture and urban design. He is the founder of (a resource portal dedicated to providing information and knowledge to the growing community of architecture, interior design, landscape and planning). He is recipient of the PAFE Award for excellence in the field of Environment friendly architecture and University Scholarship for excellence in academics.

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