My 10 All-Time Favorite Architecture Books by @FrankCunhaIII plus a BONUS Book (Updated with Video & Audio Track)

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These are my top Architecture books to read:


A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals
By Spiro Kostof


Architecture and Disjunction
By Bernard Tschumi


Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan
By Rem Koolhaas


By Steven Holl


Learning from Las Vegas – Revised Edition: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form
By Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour, Denise Scott Brown


Rem Koolhaas


The Space of Encounter
By Daniel Libeskind


Ten Books on Architecture
By Vitruvius


Towards a New Architecture
By Le Corbusier


A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture
By Virginia Savage McAlester


Mask of Medusa
By John Hejduk

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20 Comments on “My 10 All-Time Favorite Architecture Books by @FrankCunhaIII plus a BONUS Book (Updated with Video & Audio Track)”

  1. wjmarchitect says:

    What about ‘Form, Space, & Order’ by Francis D.K. Ching ???

    AND ‘The Dictionary of Architecture’ also by Ching ???

    You list should be 12 …


  2. BrianS says:

    Yeah….There are LOTS more! 🙂


  3. Vol. 1, ‘The Timeless Way of Building’ & Vol. 2 ‘A Pattern Language’ by Christopher Alexander.


  4. Matthew D. Epstein, AIA says:

    Right off the top of my head, before even thinking:

    Building with Frank Lloyd Wright by Herbert Jacobs and
    From Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe.


  5. Frank:

    I blogged about my ten favorite books about architecture a while ago. Check out my list here:


  6. I don’t even know if I could stop at ten… Architecture Without Architects and Streets for People by Paul Rudofsky come to mind immediately. Scully’s The Earth, The Temple and The Gods is another. BIG’s Yes is More is really cool, too, not to mention all the other “coffee table” architecture books one can own. All of David Macaulay’s illustrated books are wonderful! I think that’s about ten, already! And I’m just getting started…


  7. What about any books by David Macaulay? You take your pick. In many words, they are about architecture and construction.


  8. Collier Ward says:

    Great list, Frank. Thanks for posting this and launching the discussion.

    My personal goal is to write works of fiction that make lists like this.
    Architecture Holds a Thousand Stories that the world wants to read, watch, and play (I’m including Gaming now with Books, Blogs, TV, and Film). We cherish these academic books – they don’t.

    Let’s give the people some stories!



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