We Recommend

Below you can find books that we recommend as part of our #resourcethursday feed. We want to be transparent and note that we receive affiliate commissions for sales of most, but not all, of these products - it helps us do what we do! We only list items that we genuinely recommend as valuable resources for young architects - that’s why the list is so short!

 

Building Your Own Home

BY: George Wilkie

"This complete guide to building your own home covers every step of the process ... Both George Wilkie and Stuart Arden are architects and academics."

WHY WE RECOMMEND:

  • A well rounded Australian residential construction resource - a great staple for architecture student.

  • Includes clear diagrams and details.

  • A best selling and generally respected source of information.

 

Encyclopedia of Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture

BY: Laurence King

“This is a comprehensive sourcebook, containing newly commissioned scale drawings of every type of architectural detail taken from 100 of the best contemporary houses. Over 700 detailed drawings of walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, and staircases feature keys explaining construction techniques and materials used. Each drawing is cross referenced to other details from the same building.”

WHY WE RECOMMEND:

  • An excellent introduction to more complex architectural detailing for the detail thirsty student or graduate.

  • Details are cross referenced, enabling the reader to browse by project, or by detail type.

  • Uses work by respected architects to ensure high quality examples.

Note: Other books in this series cover details in timber, glass, and concrete architecture, and can also be found through the link below.

Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data

BY: TAYLOR AND FRANCIS LTD

"The Metric Handbook is the major handbook of planning and design data for architects and architecture students. Covering basic design data for all the major building types it is the ideal starting point for any project. For each building type, the book gives the basic design requirements and all the principal dimensional data, and succinct guidance on how to use the information and what regulations the designer needs to be aware of."

WHY WE RECOMMEND:

  • Metric sizes for spaces in relation to people and vehicles.

  • Sizing and layout advice for various facilities/rooms.

  • Covers a wide range of building types/use - handy for building realistic briefs for University projects.

 

Your Home Manual

BY: AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

"Your Home is your guide to building, buying or renovating a home. It shows how to create a comfortable home with low impact on the environment – economical to run, healthier to live in and adaptable to your changing needs."

WHY WE RECOMMEND:

  • A thorough starting point for general information about designing and building environmentally sustainable homes.

  • Includes case studies for various locations.

  • An Australian Government resource.

Architect + Entrepreneur

BY: ERIC REINHOLDT

“Part narrative, part business book; Architect + Entrepreneur is filled with contemporary, relevant, fresh tips and advice, from a seasoned professional architect building a new business. The guide advocates novel strategies and tools that merge entrepreneurship with the practice of architecture and interior design. “

WHY WE RECOMMEND:

  • A straightforward introduction to ‘the business of architecture’.

  • Covers key areas of starting and managing a business, specifically for architects.

  • Dispels the ‘starving artist’ attitude that is bred at University.

Architect + Entrepreneur Volume 2

BY: ERIC REINHOLDT

“Should the practice of architecture be constrained to one set model: a singular creative process between architect and client? Practice is evolving; the current tired models serve only a select few – wealthy individuals, big corporations, and big government.”

WHY WE RECOMMEND:

  • An excellent introduction to alternate forms of income for architects.

  • Simple introductory instructions for building alternate forms of income.

  • Lessons on valuing architectural services and product.