Graphics & Standards

Architects often keep reference books on or near their desks. These are some of the more common architectural reference books.


Francis D.K. Ching

The Ching titles are more or less timeless. They can be read and understood by anyone who is interested in architecture.

Introduction to Architecture
By Francis D. K. Ching, James F. Eckler
A Global History of Architecture
By Mark M. Jarzombek, Vikramaditya Prakash
A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
By Francis D. K. Ching
Architectural Graphics
By Francis D. K. Ching
Design Drawing
By Francis D. K. Ching, Steven P. Juroszek
Green Building Illustrated
By Francis D. K. Ching, Ian M. Shapiro
Building Construction Illustrated
By Francis D. K. Ching
European Building Construction Illustrated
By Francis D. K. Ching, Mark Mulville

Building Standards

These titles are more specific to architectural practice. That is to say, if you are not currently designing or building, you might not get as much use out of them.

Architectural Graphic Standards, 11th Edition
By The American Institute of Architects
Architectural Graphic Standards: Student Edition
By Charles George Ramsey, Harold Reeve Sleeper
Interior Graphic Standards
By Corky Binggeli, Patricia Greichen