A Reading List

One of my past students messaged me recently about books I could recommend for a student. As I thought about it, my profs for architecture-related subjects before didn’t really have a list of books we were actually required to buy. If it wasn’t for my mom who had her own collection, my brother and I wouldn’t have had the initial books we had to come across as architecture students.

Now that I’m older, I’ve always looked back and wished that I read more. Grad school actually got me into reading, and it lit a fire in me to dig deeper into the things I’m drawn to. I really enjoy going to the Serials Section (6th floor of the UST Library) and New Acquisitions in the Humanities Area.

On my way to the library!

Top of my head first few books you have to have:

  1. All the Francis D.K. Ching Books you could probably get your hands on, especially:
    – Architecture, Form, Space & Order
    – Building Structures Illustrated
    – Architectural Graphics
    – Design Drawing
    – A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
    – Interior Design Illustrated
  2. Allain de Botton’s The Architecture of Happiness
  3. Gerard Lico’s Arkitekturang Filipino: A History of Architecture and Urbanism in the Philippines
  4. Rino Fernandez’s Diksiyonaryong Biswal ng Arkitekturang Filipino (A Visual Dictionary of Filipino Architecture)

Aside from online sources, I’ll be listing some books I found interesting over the years, and hopefully you’ll love them as well. Of course, this wouldn’t be a complete set of must-have books but I think it’ll get you started. Maybe I should also divide them into several parts/ subjects; so you’d know which ones you need to get your hands on in line with your curriculum/ year level BUT YOU  KNOW WHAT, knowledge is knowledge. I always tell my students that you’re basically doing yourself a disservice if you’re not taking control of your education. Read and fill your mind and focus your attention on things that will make you better.

Architectural Design
Unwin, S. (2014). Analysing Architecture. New York: Routledge

Western History
Raizman, D. (2010). History of modern design, graphics and products since the industrial revolution. (2nd ed.). Laurence King Publishing.

Philippine History
Alarcon, N. (2008). the Imperial tapestry: American colonial architecture in the Philippines. Manila: UST Publishing House

Fernandez, R. (2011). Chinoy-Hispanic: The Chinese influences in Filipino-Hispanic ancestral houses. Espasyo, 3, 95-106.

Lico, G., (2008). Arkitekturang Filipino: A History of Architecture and Urbanism in the Philippines. Quezon City: UP Press

Lico, G. (2013). Istilo: Pocket Guide to Architecture Styles in the Philippines. Manila: National Comission for Culture and the Arts.

Scott, W. (1994). Barangay: Sixteenth-Century Philippine Culture and Society. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press

Architectural Theory

Botton, A. (2006). The Architecture of Happiness. New York: Vintage International

Carpo, M. (2013). Twenty Years in Digital Design. In Carpo, M. Editor, The Digital Turn in Architecture 1992-2012 (pp.8-14). Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons.

Coates, N. (2012). Narrative Architecture. United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sibs Ltd.

Hall, E. (1966). The hidden dimension. New York: Doubleday.

Sussman, A. & Hollander, J. (2015). Cognitive Architecture: Designing for how we respond to the built environment. New York: Routledge

Professional Practice

Jenson, M. (2014). Mapping the Global Architect of Alterity: Practice, Representation, and Education. New York: Routledge

Holt, D. (2016). Branding in the Age of Social Media. Harvard Business Review. 94 (3), p.40-50

Luescher, A. (2014). The architect’s guide to effective self-presentation in the marketplace. London & New York: Routledge.

Malecha, M. (2002). Reconfiguration in the study and practice of design and architecture. San Francisco: William Stout Publishers.

Interior Design/ Architectural Interiors

Intimus: Interior Design Theory Reader (Edited by Mark Taylor and Julieanna Preston)

Rybczynski, W. (1986). Home: A Short History of an Idea. New York: Penguin Books, Ltd.

Journals/ Periodicals
Design Management (DMI)
Architectural Design (AD) and all their readers
Harvard Business Review
Design Journal
The Economist

Online Resources
99 Percent Invisible
Monocle Radio
School of Life

That’s it for now. I hope to bump into you at the library or something hehe. Tell me what you think!


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