The following books constitute an introductory reading list for beginning your professional studies in architecture. Familiarizing yourself with their contents prior to entering a professional program is one good way to enhance your general preparedness for the course of study.

  • Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design, Lee W. Waldrep, Ph.D., Wiley, John & Sons Incorporated
  • Architecture: Form, Space & Order, Francis D.K. Ching, Wiley, John & Sons Incorporated
  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Betty Edwards, Jeremy P. Tarcher, Penguin Putnam, Inc.
  • Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino, Mariner Books
  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, Jared Diamond, W.W. Norton & Company
  • Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell, Little, Brown & Company
  • Architecture in the 20th Century, Peter Gossel, Taschen
  • Towards a New Architecture, Le Corbusier, Dover Publications
  • The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods, Vincent Scully, Yale University Press
  • 100 Ideas that Changed Architecture, Richard Weston, Laurence King
  • Architecture as Space: How to Look at Architecture, Bruno Zevi, Horizon Press
  • Design of Cities, Edmund N. Bacon, Viking Press

RECOMMENDED PERIODICALS

Abitare Architectural Record
Architect Azure
Detail Domus
Dwell Eco-Structure
House Interior Design

RECOMMENDED MOVIES

  • Brazil, Terry Gilliam
  • Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock
  • Metropolis, Fritz Lang
  • Inception, Christopher Nolan
  • Playtime, Jacques Tati
  • The Fountainhead, King Vidor
  • The Truman Show, Peter Weir

ARCHITECTS TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH

Frank Lloyd Wright

Rem Koolhaas (OMA)

Julia Morgan Tadao Ando
Le Corbusier Herzog & de Meuron
Louis Kahn Eileen Gray
Richard Meier TEN Arquitectos
Peter Eisenman MVRDV
Maya Lin SHoP Architects
Zaha Hadid Steven Holl
Studio Daniel Libeskind Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Lebbeus Woods