Best Books for Architectural Concepts and Design Process

​Here I have put together a list of my best books for architectural concepts and the design process. I hope that some of these books will be useful to you as you develop your designs and your architectural concept thinking.

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Best Books for Architectural Concepts and Design Process


The architecture concept book looks to stimulate young architects and students to think outside of what Tait describes as a conservative and self perpetuating professional domain and instead be influenced by everything around them. The book looks at 32 architectural concepts or strategies to create thoughtful ideas and explorations. 

This is a great introduction to the process of design in architecture. The book answers many students questions in terms of how to develop a concept, why do some ideas work better than others? What is good design? A fantastic guidebook for architecture students as well as anyone curious about how design works. 

This pocket book looks at using operative verbs as tools for designing space. An excellent source of inspiration but also an idea generator, filled with diagrams. 

The sequel to Operative Design, this book looks at ideas of circulation, light and how volumes relate to the ground. Helpful for people who are struggling to understand the iterative aspect of architectural design. 

Siteless is an interesting book as it seeks to free architecture from site and program constraints. It asks architects to liberate their minds from the constraints of site, program and budget. The book is full of forms, visual ideas for the architectural imagination to draw from. Another inspiration spark. 

This is an unusual comic book format that explores the architecture of Bjarke Ingels Group or BIG. It demonstrates an overview of BIG’s unique projects which also showing the processes of creating their inspirational designs.

With over 450 illustrations, the book explores the approach to forming and centering. The author discusses addition, replication, subtraction, deformation, dimensionalities and much more.

No architecture book list would be complete without the revered architectural reference of Francis DK Ching. An essential for any young architects library, this book looks at the fundamental elements of space and form, taking a critical look at the evolution of spaces. 

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