What Are The Best Books About Architecture?

May 14, 2014

Bob Fallbeck of Cermak Peterka Petersen asked us via Twitter, "What are the Top 3 books about your profession that you have read?" We passed the question along to some of our architects and designers and these were the results.

Jane Hendricks, FAIA

  • Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
  • The History of Architecture by Spiro Kostof
  • Vers une Architecture by le Corbusier

Allison Titus, AIA

  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape by James Howard Kunstler

Emily Dawson, AIA

  • The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
  • A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams by Michael Pollan
  • Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Koren Leonard
  • The Nature of Order: The Phenomenon of Life by Christopher Alexander
  • Structure Systems by Heino Engel
  • Sun, Wind, and Light by G.Z. Brown

Jim Wilson, AIA

  • Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture by Robert Venturi, et al
  • The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
  • Between Silence and Light by Lou Kahn

Tim Richey, AIA

  • Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Complete Works Vol. 4 & 5 by Peter Buchanan
  • Hopkins2: The Work of Michael Hopkins and Partners
  • Richard Meier, Architect Vol 3

Taryn Mudge

  • The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses by Jahani Pallasmaa
  • For An Architecture of Reality by Michael Benedikt
  • Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas
  • In Praise of Shadows by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
  • The Question Concerning Technology by Martin Heidegger

Dennis Haskell, FAIA

  • Space Time & Architecture by Sigfried Gideon
  • Learning from Las Vegas by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott-Brown, Steven Izenour
  • Architecture Without Architects by Bernard Rudofsky
  • Notes on the Synthesis of Form by Christopher Alexander
  • Townscape by Gordon Cullen
  • Architecture of Towns & Cities by Paul Spreiregen