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
  • Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Fail, Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori
  • Thermal Delight in Architecture, Lisa Heschong
  • In Praise of Shadows, Junichiro Tanizaki
  • The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard
  • The Works: Anatomy of the City, Kate Ascher
  • A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America, Vishaan Chakrabarti 
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Where are the Women Architects?, Despina Stratigakos

RECOMMENDED PERIODICALS

Arbitare ArchDaily
Architect Architectural Record
Azure Detail
Dezeen Domus
Dwell Eco-Structure
House Interior Design

RECOMMENDED MOVIES

  • Abstract: The Art of Design, A Netflix Series
  • Big Time: Historien om Bjarke Ingels, Kaspar Astrup Schröder
  • Black Panther, Ryan Coogler
  • Blade Runner, Ridley Scott
  • Brazil, Terry Gilliam
  • Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee
  • Do You Trust This Computer?, Chris Paine
  • Inception, Christopher Nolan
  • Metropolis, Fritz Lang
  • Parasite, Bong Joon-ho
  • Playtime, Jacques Tati
  • Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock
  • Tadao Ando: Samurai Architect, Shigenori Mizuno
  • 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