7 Architecture Books That Will Improve Your Creativity

Take a look at the 7 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 if architecture is just a hobby for you, here are 7 best architecture books. Learning architecture has never been more entertaining!

1. The World By Design: The Story of a Global Architecture Firm - A. Eugene Kohn

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.

7 Architecture Books That Will Improve Your Creativity
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2. The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom - Edited by Laura S. Dushkes 

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 which 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 Architecture Books That Will Improve Your Creativity
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3. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order - Francis D. K. Ching 

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

7 Architecture Books That Will Improve Your Creativity
Source: Francis D.K. Ching/Amazon

4. The Architecture Reference & Specification Book: Everything Architects Need to Know Every Day

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. 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. 

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5. Architecture: A World History 

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 and most 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. 

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6. Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning - Leland M. Roth

The book which features great illustrations of various buildings and styles, takes you on a journey through time. This new edition examines the structure, function, history, and meaning of architecture. 

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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.

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Source: Leland M. Roth/Amazon

7. World Architecture: The Masterworks - Will Pryce

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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