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7+ Architecture Books That Will Improve Your Creativity

Take a look at the most inspiring books for boosting architects' and architecture enthusiasts' creativity.

7+ Architecture Books That Will Improve Your Creativity
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Architecture can be fun for everyone. After all, it's one of the most rooted art forms in the world. When you visit a new city, when you're buying a new house, or when you're choosing a place to stay during holidays, architecture is always one of the most important details that you take into consideration.

If you're an architect looking for inspiration, or you want to become an architect and wish to become closely acquainted with the field, or architecture is just a hobby for you, here are some good architecture books. Learning architecture has never been more entertaining.

1. The 99% Invisible City - Buy Now 

7+ Architecture Books That Will Improve Your Creativity
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Walking down the street, surely you have come across small-seeming things such as power grips or fire escapes. Have you ever wondered why they are there?

If yes, this book is particularly for you because it reveals the stories behind them and, explores their origins. You will witness functional glory and the accidental absurdity of design along with architecture in this book.

2. Oasis: Modern Desert Homes Around the World - Buy Now

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Deserts are not famous for their fertility and life can be quite hard out there.

However, with the touch of talented architects, it is possible to create an oasis with desert vibes. This book invites you to dive into a whole new realm.  

3. 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School - Buy Now

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Architecture students: here is a great stepping stone for your classes. This book is one of the best architecture books that an architecture engineer student can have. 

These 101 concise lessons from basics like "How to Draw a Line" to complex color theories, will help you grasp these concepts and form a solid fundamental of architecture.   

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4. The World By Design - Buy Now

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Life can be tough sometimes. You wake up, you go to work, you come home, you dine with your loved ones. Yeah, it sounds pretty dull. But everyone feels bored and lost from time to time. And it can be hard to find a source of motivation at times like this.

So, here's a book for every architect or soon-to-be-architects. It's about how Kohn Pederson Fox became one of the biggest architecture companies after its establishment on July 4, 1976. The founder of the firm, A. Eugene Kohn offers inspiring lessons on business leadership and design innovation. 

This book is not only for architects. It's for anyone who's looking for some inspiration to move forward in life.

5. Homebody - Buy Now

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This book, written by Joanna Gaines, is an excellent way for you to find your authentic design style. You can assess your priorities and instincts with this comprehensive guide.

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If you are looking for ways to design your house in a way that reflects the personalities and stories of the people living in the house, this book can help you achieve this goal.  

6. The Architect Says - Buy Now

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Architects are fun people to be around. They always have something to talk about; their inspirations, each other's thoughts, a good quip. The Architect Says is a compendium of quotations that features over one hundred of history's most opinionated design minds.

While reading this book, you'll feel like you're at a dinner party with a breeze of architectural styles such as gothic, baroque, art deco beaux-arts, and much more. 

7. Elements of Style - Buy Now

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Another great book for those who are looking for ideas and advice about designing their houses.

The author of the book, Erin Gates, who is a rising-star designer, provides you with personal and practical guidelines in her book.  

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8. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order - Buy Now 

7+ Architecture Books That Will Improve Your Creativity
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Architecture: Form, Space, and Order has been an essential introduction to architectural design.

The third edition of the book has expanded sections on circulation, light, views, and site context, new considerations of environmental factors, building codes, and contemporary examples of form, space, and order.  

This book includes examples of the design and analysis of different structures from all around the world. If you're an architect, architecture student, or enthusiast, you should have this book on your bookshelf.

9. Wild at Home - Buy Now

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Eco-friendly designs are a hit nowadays and the reason is simple: sustainability and aesthetics!

If you are also thinking about filling your house or home with plants, you can use this book as an inspiration source.

10. The Architecture Reference & Specification Book - Buy Now

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If you're a freshly graduated architect or a new architecture student or you want to learn more about architecture, this book is a great choice for you.

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It has information about materials, construction methods, ADA and accessibility, building codes, form and organization, and much more. If you're looking for different ideas, concepts, and inspiration, reading this book is a must. 

11. Architecture: A World History - Buy Now

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Looking for the ultimate book for an architect? This is it. The book exhibits the most significant architectural movements in the world, it highlights examples of important architectural styles and shows the works of significant, famous architects such as Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry, and Philip Johnson.

The book travels in time, chronically showing prehistorical and present architectural styles and it also travels different countries and shows us important examples of architecture from all around the world such as the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, and the Glass House. 

12. Understanding Architecture - Buy Now

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The book, which features great illustrations of various buildings and styles, takes you on a journey through time.

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This new edition examines the structure, function, history, and meaning of architecture. 

So, if you seek to understand the meaning behind the buildings and see some beautifully drawn illustrations in the meantime, you should take a look.

13. World Architecture: The Masterworks - Buy Now

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Will Pryce collects photographs of different buildings built throughout history in various parts of the world.

Also, the photography choices for the book make it unique. As a photographer, Pryce reflects his own style while showing us the most famous buildings in the world. 

This book is not only for architects, but it's also an amazing choice if you're a photographer. Pryce gathered architecture and photography together and gave us this artwork. 

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