Top Books for Architectural Detailing

Top Books for Architectural Detailing

 

Introduction

 

Architectural detailing is a crucial skill for architects and technologists. However it can be quite difficult for us to envision how our design ideas actually come together. Further to this, depicting complex material assemblies and connections through drawing can also be challenging.

During my studies, one of the hardest things to find was good architectural details to use as precedent studies. I used to spend hours flipping through books in the library, trawling the internet, trying to find specific details. There never seemed to be one resource that covered all my needs. I guess it is safe to say that is still the case.

However, there are some really great books out there that have a wealth of information when it comes to architectural detailing and construction. These  architectural detailing books help break down this key skill for us. They provide helpful tips supported by precedent studies that act as prototypes for new details.

So whether you are a student wanting to learn how to detail or a professional seeking to expand their knowledge, I hope you find this list of the best architectural detailing books useful! It includes my favourites, starting of course, with a little bit of shameless self promotion… 🙂

 

 

Understanding Architectural Details

 

There are a number of books that can really help with construction detailing, I’ll start with Understanding Architectural Details from First In Architecture!

Understanding Architectural Details

We have a range of construction books that include really helpful graphics demonstrating the details, and you can download all of the cad drawings and all of the sketchup drawings that go with the books!

 

Our range includes:

  • Residential construction (for both UK and North American)
  • Commercial construction
  • Loft Conversions
  • Passivhaus
  • Basements

 

You can find out more here:

Understanding Architectural Details Books for Construction (firstinarchitecture.co.uk)

Here is a video of the latest Residential book:

Time-Saver Standards for Interior Design and Space Planning byJoseph DE Chiara, Julius Panero and Martin Zelnik

Shh! It’s a little known secret that First In Architecture offers student discounts for the books.

Just send us an email at hello@firstinarchitecture.co.uk and we will sort it for you 🙂

Construction Details Textbooks:

Modern Construction Handbook

Modern Construction Handbook

Barry’s Introduction to Construction of Buildings

Barry’s Introduction to Construction of Buildings

Advanced Construction Technology

Advanced Construction Technology

Building Construction Handbook

Building Construction Handbook

Barry’s Advanced Construction of Buildings

Barry’s Advanced Construction of Buildings

Structural Engineering for Architects: A Handbook

Structural Engineering for Architects: A Handbook

Construction of Houses

Construction of Houses

Construction Technology

Construction Technology

Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures. A Handbook

Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures. A Handbook

Excellent North American Textbooks:

Building Construction Illustrated

Building Construction Illustrated

The Architect’s Studio Companion

The Architect’s Studio Companion

Architectural Graphic Standards

Architectural Graphic Standards

The Architecture Reference & Specification Book

The Architecture Reference & Specification Book updated & revised: Everything Architects Need to Know Every Day

Architectural Detailing – Edward Allen

Architectural Detailing – Edward Allen

Detailed Manuals:

Timber Construction Manual

Timber Construction Manual

Modern Concrete Construction

Modern Concrete Construction

Glass Construction Manual

Glass Construction Manual

Facade Construction Manual

Facade Construction Manual

Timber Frame Construction

Timber Frame Construction

Precedent and Case Study Details:

Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture 2

Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture 2

Detail in Contemporary Timber Architecture

Detail in Contemporary Timber Architecture

Passive House Details

Passive House Details

Architecture In Detail II

Architecture In Detail II

Detail in Contemporary Concrete Architecture

Detail in Contemporary Concrete Architecture

Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable Architecture

Detail in Contemporary Glass Architecture

Detail in Contemporary Glass Architecture

Interior design:

Construction and Detailing for Interior Design

Construction and Detailing for Interior Design

Time-Saver Standards for Interior Design and Space Planning

Time-Saver Standards for Interior Design and Space Planning byJoseph DE Chiara, Julius Panero and Martin Zelnik

Materials for Design

Materials for Design

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If you wish to find more specific architectural detailing books, check out the RIBA website:

Construction and Engineering | RIBA Books

 

Here are some of our other posts on architectural detailing:

How to get better at architectural detailing FI
Easy Steps to Detailing

Conclusion

We hope this post helped you find some architectural detailing books to get you started.

Thank you for reading! Happy detailing 🙂

 

Your Comments

Have we missed your favorite architectural detailing book? Let us know in the comments below.

Also, feel free to share what part of detailing you really struggle with.

Thank you!

Author

Written by Valanne Fernandes, a Part 1 Architecture graduate. Valanne is a content creator with First In Architecture, spending her time researching, writing and designing inspiring new content for the website.

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