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Best Architecture Reference Books

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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 Architects

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Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods

by Edward Allen

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Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects

by Norbert Lechner

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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

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History

A History of Western Architecture

by David Watkin

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Modern Architecture Since 1900

by William J.R. Curtis

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Theory

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

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Architecture Theory Since 1968

by K. Michael Hays

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Urban Design

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

by Jane Jacobs

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Time Saver Standards for Urban Design

by Donald Watson, Alan Plattus, and Robert Shibley

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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

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Stories and Narratives

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

by Ross King

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Down Detour Road: An Architect in Search of Practice

by Eric Cesal

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Observations for Young Architects

by Cesar Pelli

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