101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

101 THINGS I LEARNED IN ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the design studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language the things they tend to make murky and abstruse. These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation–from the basics of how to draw a line to the complexities of color theory–provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy and make concrete what too often is left nebulous and open-ended in the architecture curriculum.

Like all books in the popular and celebrated 101 THINGS I LEARNED® book series, the lessons in 101 THINGS I LEARNED IN ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL utilize a unique two-page format, with a brief explanation and accompanying illustration. A lesson on how to draw a line is accompanied by examples of good and bad lines; a lesson on awkward floor level changes shows the television actor Dick Van Dyke in the midst of a pratfall; and a discussion of the proportional differences between traditional and modern buildings features a building split neatly in half between the two.

Written by an architect and instructor who well remembers the fog of his own student days, 101 THINGS I LEARNED IN ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL provides valuable guideposts for students navigating the architectural design studio and the rest of the architecture curriculum. Architecture graduates, from young designers to experienced practitioners, will turn to the book as well for inspiration and a guide back to basics when solving complex design problems.

Community Review

  • I am not an architect, nor will I be. I am a student of interior design which is closer to architecture than the majority of the world realizes. This book is encouraging as a student who receives harsh and often belittling criticism on a daily basis in studio. I think that’s the nature of these programs. Your process, your creativity, your effort is red lined incessantly and it can leave you feeling small and unbelievably discouraged. The opening of this book eloquently states exactly how it feels to be in design school. I love this book, it’s a lifesaver.
  • I last took an architecture class over 25 years ago. I am not an architect but I do own a home and we are looking to buy another one. This book has some great tips which will educate the home owner interested in doing renovations or simply re-configuring the house they already live in.
    This book has enabled us to look at some home features in a new light. What once was an expensive remodel now looks like it will be a much simpler project. The author really makes you think about a building’s use of space and what the architect was thinking (or failed to think about for that matter.)
    I highly recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in architecture, home design, interior design, or smart home ownership. If it prevents you from making a stupid and costly mistake then it will have paid for itself a hundred times over.

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