Whether you’re an architect, architecture student, or just a big fan of all things design, books are some of the best ways to expand your knowledge of the built environment and “learn from the greats.” That’s why we have compiled 25 of our favorite books for architects and architecture lovers.
Many of these books are popular pieces about architecture theory that seriously influenced the profession and represent the manifestos of specific architectural movements—think Venturi, Scott Brown, and Izenour’s Learning from Las Vegas and its relationship to the Postmodern movement. We also included great resource books that show how architectural drawings can truly be works of art. If you love flipping through beautifully detailed drawings, you’ll love Manual of Section or even A Visual Dictionary to Architecture.
Plus, if you’re looking for a gift for an architecture lover in your life, they might be missing an architectural classic that would complete their library. In this case, we think famous titles like the revolutionary Le Corbusier’s Towards a New Architecture or Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York are some great choices.
Keep scrolling to find 25 great books about architecture.
A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
The Architecture of Community
The Architecture of Happiness
The Architecture of the City
Black: Architecture in Monochrome
Cities for People
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan
Design Like You Give a Damn : Building Change from the Ground Up
The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses
The Four Books on Architecture
The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings
In Praise of Shadows
Jutaku: Japanese Houses
Learning from Las Vegas
Lo—TEK. Design by Radical Indigenism
Manual of Section
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
The Poetics of Space
The Ten Books on Architecture
Towards a New Architecture
The Works: Anatomy of a City
Yes Is More: An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution