Preparing for your first year
Reading suggestions to prepare you for your first year
Reading is a vital part of the course, both as part of the course and as part of your personal development as a designer. There are many architectural magazines and journals that are worth reading, such as Building Design, Architectural Review, The Architects Journal, Architecture Today and Domus. Some are worth reading on a regular basis, others only occasionally.
Please also take note of our equipment list available here.
Textbook for Design Communication module:
Architecture: Form, Space and Order Francis Ching, John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471286168
Suggested general reading
- Analysing Architecture, Unwin, Simon, London: Routledge, 1997, ISBN 978-0415719162
- Architecture Depends, Jeremy Till, MIT Press, 2009, ISBN: 0262518783
- Architecture Design Notebook, Peter Fawcett, Architectural Press, ISBN: 0330326090
- Architecture, Form, Space & Order, Ching, Francis D. K, John Wiley and Sons, 2014, ISBN 978-1118745083
- Concise Townscape, Gordon Cullen, Routledge, 1961, ISBN: 0750620188
- Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974, ISBN: 0099429837
- The Architecture of Happiness, Alain De Botton, Pantheon Books, 2006, ISBN 0241970059
- The Shock of the New, Robert Hughes, Thames and Hudson. ISBN: 0500275823
- Ways of Seeing, John Berger, Penguin Books. ISBN: 0140135154