The following resources are ones that I have come to find extremely useful or required as I have traveled my path through architecture school and into my career. Continuing through the profession I will add to and update the list as I see fit. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Building Construction Illustrated by Francis D.K. Ching is one of the best books to keep with you throughout your journey. I am not just talking about during school, but into your career as well. During school you will take classes in building science and will eventually start to apply building science to your studio projects. When starting your career, you will be working on real world projects with real building science constraints. This book is the perfect resource to accompany you throughout that entire process and is often a ‘required’ or at least ‘highly recommended’ text for school. It will walk you through many standard building details and the science behind them.
The Architect’s Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design by Edward Allen and Joseph Iano is another book that I highly recommend and it may often be required in architecture school. This book will break down the logic behind many decisions such as designing according to building code, what kind of structural or mechanical system to use, designing for daylight, parking, and particular dimensions. It is another book that you will continue to use after school in your career.
SOFTWARE / DESIGN TOOLS
The Adobe Creative Design Suite is one of my all time favourite design tools. The possibilities for design with this software is honestly limitless and is something that I use both professionally and personally. The Adobe Creative Cloud will give you access to a variety of programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, which will allow you complete artistic freedom through creation of new artwork, manipulation of existing images, and display of graphics in powerful presentation layouts.
To create a professionally finished portfolio, consider using Blurb. I love Blurb because there are creation options for beginners without previous digital design experience, as well as experts already well versed in programs like Adobe.