Our goal, at archtoolbox.com, is to provide all of the hard-to-find technical information that architects spend countless time looking up. We compile this information in an easily accessible website to make your life easier and save precious time that can be used to design.

Unfortunately, there is no substitute for an exhaustive reference book that covers very specific topics. Architects use these regularly, so archtoolbox.com offers you our recommended reference library. These are archtoolbox.com's best architecture books -- the books you want on your office or personal bookshelf.

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Construction Reference

Building Construction Illustrated by Francis D.K. Ching
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Architects' Data by Ernst Neufert
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Architectural Graphic Standards by Charles Ramsey, Harold Sleeper, and The American Institute of Archietcts
(archtoolbox review)   (Amazon reviews)

Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods by Edward Allen
(archtoolbox review)   (Amazon reviews)

Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects by Norbert Lechner
(archtoolbox review)   (Amazon reviews)

Practice

How Firms Succeed: A Field Guide to Design Management by James P. Cramer and Scott Simpson
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The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice by The American Institute of Architects
(archtoolbox review)   (Amazon reviews)

History

A History of Western Architecture by David Watkin
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Modern Architecture Since 1900 by William J.R. Curtis
(archtoolbox review)   (Amazon reviews)

Theory

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
(Amazon reviews)

Architecture Theory Since 1968 by K. Michael Hays
(Amazon reviews)

Urban Design

The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
(archtoolbox review)   (Amazon reviews)

Time Saver Standards for Urban Design by Donald Watson, Alan Plattus, and Robert Shibley
(Amazon reviews)

Monographs, Journals, Tours

AIA City Guides by Various Authors
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El Croquis Monographs
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Writing

The Architect's Guide to Writing for Design and Construction Professionals by Bill Schmalz
(archtoolbox review)   (Amazon reviews)

Stories and Narratives

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King
(Amazon reviews)

Down Detour Road: An Architect in Search of Practice by Eric Cesal
(Amazon reviews)

Observations for Young Architects by Cesar Pelli
(Amazon reviews)

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