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: Ʊ 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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