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12 Most Important Architecture Books for Students

Architecture books are the best source of knowledge for architecture / design students . They help you enhance your personality and provide complete information about the structures and materials which are presently available or coming up. Here is a list of top 10 most important architectural books which every architecture student must read and follow.

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‘The study of architecture opens up the enjoyment of buildings with an appreciation of their purpose, meaning and charm.’ These words, from the tenth edition of Banister Fletcher’s “A History of Architecture” in 1938, aptly summarise what Banister Fletcher has become for generations of students and architects—an easy-to-use reference book with all the world’s major architecture described, explained and, in many cases, fully illustrated. In this twentieth and centenary edition, chapters have been recast and expanded and a third of the text is new. This unique book places buildings in their social, cultural and historical settings to describe the main patterns of architectural development, from Prehistoric to the International Style.
Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, a Roman architect and engineer flourishing in the first century B.C., was the author of the oldest and most influential work on architecture in existence. For hundreds of years, the specific instructions he gave in his “Ten Books on Architecture” were followed faithfully, and major buildings in all parts of the world reveal the widespread influence of his precepts. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, he was “the chief authority studied by architects, and in every point his precepts were accepted as final. Bramante, Michelangelo, Palladio, Vignola, and earlier were careful students of the work of Vitruvius.” His book is thus one of those rare works that have been supremely important in the creation of the greatest art masterpieces.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand represents struggle of the human spirit to triumph in its fight against collectivism. Regarded as her breakthrough novel, the book that soon came to be regarded as a masterpiece was rejected by 12 publishers, before finally seeing the light of the day. Read the book to find out what made it such a huge success and why it has remained a top-of-the-mind literary effort even after all these years. When Ayn Rand started to write The Fountainhead, she wanted to steer clear of making any overt political statement. But as she began to spell out the story of the proudly individualistic Howard Roark, an architect who struggles to survive in a world ruled by traditions, she realized that there was no escaping the political or philosophical undertones.
This dictionary includes fundamental terms relating to architectural design, history, and technology. The information is clustered around basic aspects of architecture as outlined in the table of contents instead of alphabetical listing.
The new student edition of the definitive architectural reference For seventy–five years, Architectural Graphic Standards has been the go–to reference for architects, builders, and engineers. Carefully abridged from the Eleventh Edition of Architectural Graphic Standards, this Student Edition features the same richly detailed graphics and text that have made Architectural Graphic Standards a classic, but updated and reorganized in a way that is relevant to today′s student. Thousands of illustrations and a rich index offer immediate access to hundreds of architectural elements, while the wide variety of topics covered makes this work relevant throughout a student′s architecture education and into the early stages of professional practice.

This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom. These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation—from the basics of “How to Draw a Line” to the complexities of color theory—provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy, making concrete what too often is left nebulous or open-ended in the architecture curriculum.
Written by The American Institute of Architects, this is the definitive textbook on practice issues written specifically for architecture students. Specifically written for emerging architects, this is the first unabbreviated guide specifically for architecture students about to begin their careers. It is required reading in a professional practice course that architecture students must take within their final two years of school.
This new edition of Building Construction Illustrated remains as relevant as ever, with the most current knowledge presented in a rich and comprehensive manner that does not disappoint. Whether one is involved with residential building or commercial construction, interior architecture or structural engineering, Building Construction Illustrated will give clear answers in a beautiful presentation. · The Building Site.

No architectural reference shelf is complete without Francis Ching’s Architecture: Form, Space, Order (now in it’s second and updated edition). Ching provides a fundamental introduction to the principles of form, space, and order — the basic vocabulary for every architect! Ching interprets form, discussing point, line, plane, volume, proportion, scale, circulation, and the interdependence of form and space. Plus, he analyzes architectural models drawn from around the world as he illustrates each concept. The architectural drawings are personally executed by Ching himself.
Amongst the Top Ten Best Selling Books, Non-Fiction in India for 18 running weeks, this is a must read for the layman and the architect alike. Born an American, celebrated in India as a leading architect and urbanist, Benninger possesses a sense of timelessness that spreads across oceans and over mountains. Letters to a Young Architect is a sensitive memoir of his life in India and his personal concerns about architectural theory and contemporary urban issues.
The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves. She writes about the salutary role of funeral parlors and tenement windows, the dangers of too much development money and too little diversity.
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About Guneet

Ar. Guneet Singh Khurana is a visionary architect, author, educator and currently working in Design Arch as Principal Architect. He holds degree Bachelor's in Architecture from Department of Architecture, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. His creative approach and interest in designing inspired him to pursue future in field of architecture. He has over five years of extensive experience in the field of architecture and urban design. He is the founder of Archistudent.net (a resource portal, founded in June 2008, dedicated to providing information and knowledge to the growing community of architecture, interior design, landscape and planning). He is recipient of the PAFE Award for excellence in the field of Environment friendly architecture and University Scholarship for excellence in academics.

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