Blogroll

Below is an ongoing list of websites and web pages related to architecture books and other publications about architecture. Links to the websites of publishers (and archives of reviews on this blog) are found on the Publishers page. I also have a reading list of 100 must-know architecture books and a list of bookstores in NYC that sell architecture books.

First posted May 29, 2020
Updated November 25, 2022


Websites:
  • ArchDaily: The architecture books section.
  • Architecture Book Fair: A virtual book fair dedicated to architecture, developed by dpr-barcelona as part of the Future Architecture platform. The first took place October 5–9, 2021; the second will happen March 21–25, 2023.
  • arch-ive: New website (ca. 2019) that "investigates the books that have been influential to leading practitioners."
  • The Booklist: A blog "about books, images and stories" by Italian architect Luca Galofaro.
  • caa.reviews: College Art Association website with "scholarly and critical reviews of studies and projects in all areas and periods of art history, visual studies, and the fine arts." Link points to architecture category.
  • Collin Marshall's Books on Cities: A Substack newsletter by Collin Marshall about books on cities, as the name clearly says.
  • Design Book Review: From 1983 to 2001, DBR printed in-depth reviews architecture and design books. Link is to archive splash page at CCA, but PDFs of all issues are found at HathiTrust.
  • Designers & Books: Website devoted to books on architecture and design, featuring many lists contributed by architects, graphic designers, and other designers.
  • L'Esprit Nouveau: A complete archive of all 28 issues of the magazine co-founded by Le Corbusier and printed from 1920 to 1925.
  • Iconic Reads: A "round-up of the best books you can buy about the houses and house museums that make up [the Iconic Houses] network of icons you can visit."
  • JAE: Book review section of the Journal of Architectural Education.
  • Metropolis: The magazine's archive of book reviews, book excerpts, and seasonal roundups of new books.
  • The Mark J. Millard Architectural Collection: Four-volume bibliography with PDFs available via National Gallery of Art: Volume I: French Books; Volume II: British Books; Volume III: Northern European Books; Volume 4: Italian and Spanish Books.
  • Monoskop: "A collection of source documents in the history, theory and criticism of 20th-century architecture."
  • New Books in Architecture: Podcast featuring interviews with authors about new books on architecture and design; part of the New Books Network.
  • Reading Design: "An online archive of critical writing about design... from architecture and urbanism to product, fashion, graphics and beyond."
  • Sonntag Review: A blog with "book reviews for the architecture enthusiasts," most of them monographs and all with lots of photographs inside the books.
  • Spazio Projects: YouTube channel with "videos about architecture," many of them featuring readings from books accompanied by images of spreads from the same.
  • USModernist Books: A selection of books from the 1940s to the previous decade (19 as of November 2022) scanned and freely available as PDFs, from the USModernist Library.
  • USModernist Library: "World's largest open digital collection of major US 20th-century architecture magazines with approximately 2.8 million downloadable pages - all free to access."
  • Wikipedia: The "architecture books" category.

Booksellers:
  • AIA Store: A selection of architecture books at the online store run by the American Institute of Architects.
  • Arcana: A shop in Culver City, California, "specializing in new, rare, and out of print books, catalogues, and ephemera" on art, architecture, design, and other subjects.
  • ARTBOOK | D.A.P.: Architecture categories of the New York-based distributor of art, Architecture, design, and other illustrated books.
  • bookm-ark.fi: Bookstore in Helsinki specializing in "pre-owned architecture books and books about Finnish and Nordic architecture – both contemporary and historical."
  • Copyright Bookshop: Architecture category of the art and architecture bookshop based in Belgium.
  • High Valley Books: Architecture section of the online, Brooklyn-based bookseller "specializing in design books and periodicals."
  • Idea Books: Architecture and landscape category of the Amsterdam-based international distributor of books on contemporary architecture and other subjects.
  • Modernism101.com: The architecture section of the website that "specializes in rare and out-of-print design books and periodicals."
  • NAi Booksellers: An "independently operating retailer of quality books on architecture, urban design and landscape architecture" housed at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam.
  • Perimeter Books: "A specialised bookstore, award-winning publisher, distribution house and platform for various art publishing endeavours in Melbourne, Australia." (Link points to section on architecture books.)
  • Peter Miller Books: Bookstore in Seattle "covering architecture, graphics, landscape, urban design, interior design, and history."
  • RIBA Books: An "unrivaled range of the best architecture, design and construction books from around the world," as picked by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
  • Steven Schuyler Bookseller: Specializes in "rare architecture books & rare building trades books for designers, builders, and preservationists."
  • Trevian Books: Architecture section of the online bookstore run by Geoff Baere.
  • Uro Publications: "Vendors and publishers of books on architecture and design" based in Melbourne.
  • William Stout Architecture Books: Bookstore in San Francisco specialized in books on "architecture, art, urban planning, graphic and industrial design, furniture and interior design, and landscape architecture."

Book Awards (architecture and related):
  • 50 Books | 50 Covers is a competition run by AIGA that "identifies the 50 best-designed books and book covers of the year."
  • The Alice Award is given annually by Furthermore to "a richly illustrated book that makes a valuable contribution to its field and demonstrates high standards of production."
  • DAM Architectural Book Award is given out annually by at Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) at the Frankfurt Book Fair, with the submissions judged "according to design, concept, quality in terms of material and finishing, level of innovation and topicality."
  • SAH (Society of Architectural Historians) Awards:
    • Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award recognizes annually "the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published by a North American scholar."
    • Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award is "an annual award for excellence in a published work devoted to historical topics in preservation."
    • SAH Exhibition Catalogue Award "recognizes and encourages excellence in this form of scholarship and publication."
    • Spiro Kostof Book Award is "given to interdisciplinary studies of urban history that make the greatest contribution to our understanding of the growth and development of cities."
    • Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award recognizes "annually the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of landscape architecture or garden design."
  • SAHGB (Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain) Awards:
    • Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion is given annually "to the author of a literary work which provides an outstanding contribution to the study or knowledge of architectural history."
    • Colvin Prize is awarded annually by "to the author or authors of an outstanding work of reference that relates to the field of architectural history, broadly conceived."