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101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

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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 p ...more
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Published (first published December 31st 2006)
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We've all heard that we're not supposed to judge a book by its cover--but as with wine bottles, the cover may not be the whole story, but it's not irrelevant either. In this case, the unfinished cardboard front cover, embossed type juxtaposed with pen drawing, classic red/black/white color scheme, and chunky horizontal layout all suggest, rightly, that Mr. Frederick has an aesthetic voice worth listening to. The structure of the book's content--illustrative sketch on the left, general principle ...more
Nada Elfeituri
I read this book before I started architecture school, and re-read it in the break between each semester. Each time I find something new that I had learned, and it helps encourage me when I'm in a design funk.
It's a relatively quick read, but for those like me who are sometimes overwhelmed by the stress of the design process, it's invaluable. One of the must-read architecture books for any student.
Dimitris Hall
Useful tips, even if you're not an architect. "Draw lines with bold beginnings and ends", "windows appear dark during the day", "beauty has more to do with the harmonious connection between parts of a composition rather than with the parts themselves", "a good building reveals different aspects of itself when viewed from different distances", "less is more // less is boring", "in winter, people have a width of 61cm. In summer, it's 56cm".

I find Thing 101 especially encouraging for I feel it desc
Wei Cho
Dear Reader,

As a future Architecture student who has taken some design classes in my nearest community classes, I find this book honest, insightful, and slightly comedic about what really happens to student in Architecture school. I find myself nodding and giggling at every "thing". It was just hilarious. It was very helpful too. It made me realize that I'm not alone in my thoughts and feelings about this area of study. I was actually beaming when I turn page after page. This is a very clever id
Yasmine Ahmed
يااهلا وسهلا بقسم عماره جامعه الفيوم :D
الحمد لله ع كل حااال

الكتاب لذيذ اووي وبسيط اعتقد يعني بس عشان كان بالانجلش مكنش سهل اوي بالنسبالي بس مع ذلك استمتعت بيه واكتشفت اد ااااايه احنا مابنتعلمش ولاااا اي حاجه ولله الحمد
Brad VanAuken
I have to preface this by saying that I am not an architect nor did I study architecture in school. However, architecture is one of my more passionate avocations. I am pretty sure I want to be an architect in my next life. Now to the book. I really loved it. Each chapter (a two-page spread with an illustration on the left page and one-to-three paragraphs of text on the right page) focuses on a given concept that is important in architecture. Some of the chapters feature appropriate quotes. There ...more
I thought this book was going to be one of those atypical 101 lists of things that one can common sense-sically come out with even with a basic understanding of architecture. But boy was I wrong. Even though the lists were sometimes short and cryptic in nature, it is indeed insightful and interesting to note some of the aspects that have been deemed important enough to in the list. What is interesting too is the idea that a significant majority of those in the lists are also conceptually applica ...more
A) Parts of this seem relevant w/r/t design even outside of an architectural process. What this means is that I wish I had been told several of these things when first starting "art" school.

B) I am considering applying to architecture schools/programs next year and I am trying to read in order to get a grip on whether or not it is actually something I want to do. Content here implies that it probably is.

C) I think I might actually like a copy as a reference, there are some obvious things in here
This one is more for architecture students than anyone else. The main problem is that if you haven't gone through architecture school, the often contradictory and terse advice in this book won't make much sense. It ends up being a series of motivational posters of a boat if you don't have the background in some kind of design field. But for those who are designers, this is a great thing to flip open and remind ourselves of the years of training we have.
Huda AbuKhoti
Great read for all Architecture students.

I related to the things mentioned and I agree with most of it. I can reread this over and over again and enjoy it; quite simple and written in a lighthearted way... Makes me love my major even more.
انشراح شبلاق
It's a very useful book, not just for beginners but also for those who need to be constantly reminded with this stuff.
Zoha Trabelsi

It's not long, or an extensive textbook. It's really an interesting helpful book full of amazing tips! a quick read and quite literal. It isn't as "in-depth" as other architecture books.


What's a "parti?" What is "postmodernism"? What do positive and negative space have to do with anything? Those and a lot more and more, plus some well chosen quotes give you a lot to think about and build upon! I loved every page! <3

I am an architecture student, and this book is a reference to keep my mind in
Adam Wiggins
A quick-to-read whirlwind tour of some of the principles of architecture. A smattering:

* Negative and positive spaces and circulation. People move through negative space and dwell in positive spaces.
* "parti" is a word for the big idea that holds together a design, much like an author's thesis.
* Architects work holistically, touching on everything but being an expert in nothing. (Engineers, by contrast, are a deep expert on one particular thing.)
* "Fabric" buildings (ordinary residences and comm
Ann Mur
An essential. I got it as a gift back in high school when I decided I wanted to pursue architecture, and it was a treasure then, even before starting school and knowing what was what. Now, studying in an architectural program, I've gotten an entirely different value out of it. I'm able to relate to the advice and learn from it on a new level. I expect I'll continue to make use of it in different ways in years to come. It's simple, it's clever, it's quick; it's an easy book to pick up for five mi ...more
I read this book after visiting Taliesin (Frank Lloyd Wright home in Wisconsin) favorite--".....If you can't explain your ideas to your grandmother in terms that she understands, you don't know your subject well enough.....". That applies to more than just architecture!
Lauretta Cocke
This was a great break-time book. Makes you re-think about all those things you didn't realize you already forgot from those first years. Also makes sure to remind you not to take yourself too seriously.
Aug 03, 2012 Joni rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of Architecture, Architects
A short, quick and entertaining read - reminding every architecture student of the absurdity of trying to learn what a parti ir what creative process is by google-ing it :D. Nostalgically enjoyed it.
Mohammed Alsoufi
I wish I have read this book after the 1st or 2nd year in Architecture, but it's never too late to read it or re read it
A wonderful, sensible, inspiring little book for anyone designing anything...or anyone interested in buildings.
humorous in simple sketch to explain the idea but its nail .Its a worth advice in a simple presentation.
The number 101 automatically suggested that this book gathered the essences of architectural design. I bought it at the Met shop as soon as I saw it. I am an amateur in this area, but the book still seemed very functional and appicable to other disciplines: from basic drawing to complex art. After reading this book, I began to see the design concepts in everyday life that I had noy paid attention to before. The book opened me to a new amd fascinating realm of art. I will read it many more times ...more
This book is presented as a short list of important things that architecture students may have missed, overlooked, or simply not learned yet. The "Things" range from the simple ("How to draw a line.") to the artistic ("Color theory provides a framework for understanding the behavior and meaning of colors.") to the simply practical ("Summer people are 22 inches wide. Winter people are 24 inches wide."). The vast majority of the "Things", however, are design principles: color theory and layout, fl ...more
When starting this book, I wasn't sure if I had laid my hands on an ironic or a serious take on architecture lessons. The dry tone with which the author tells me how to draw a line, he had to be kidding me! But from the following lessons, I could tell that he was not.
It is a very concise attempt to capture the basics for a practicing architect. And while I'm not working as, only with architects, I found out that there's something for everyone in these lessons. Whether you're a designer, a writer
I really have enjoyed reading this little book, a treasure to look at as well as digest. It is designed in a clean and attractive format, set forth with each of the 101 items concisely presented on a page opposite its own simple but effective illustration of the design point stated. I only allowed myself to read a few at a time so as to be able to really study and consider the points taken before going on to new ones. I found most of the suggestions to be good design ideas which could be transla ...more
I saw this book in the Chicago Architectural Society store and was interested enough in it but I wasn't up for spending the money on something I would only likely read once. When it showed up on a cart of books I was sorting the very next day at the library, well I took that as a sign.

I know nothing about architecture but I love to read general level books in a variety of subjects, hoping I guess to pick up some random knowledge. I quickly saw that this book would cross over into my other intere
Richard Kemp
As an engineer, I expected this to be a quick primer on the basics of what I could have learned in an architecture degree. In fact, it either went way over my head or it's severely lacking in content. The book feels to me like a list of chapter headings, but with artsy illustrations in place of the content of the chapters. I flicked through it in about 15 minutes (because that's how long it takes to read THE WHOLE THING) and really wasn't impressed.
Banu Kibar
Mimar değilim, çizim yeteneğim ve derinlik algım yok denebilir. Yalnız yaratıcılık üzerine zihin açan kitaplara karşı bir zaafım var.

Bauhaus'tan aldığım bu kitabı iki günde okudum. Okurken kafamı kaldırıp etrafımı saran yapılara bir daha baktım. İçinde bulunduğum mekanların beni nasıl etkilediğini anlamaya çalıştım.

Çizimde önerilen yaratıcılık süreçlerini yazıda nasıl denerim'i düşündüm.

Bu kitap benim için keyifli bir yolculuk oldu.
This book is as much as a studio companion as the Architectural Standards book I keep at my desk. It's great to look at when I'm a funk in terms of design and is a great reminder to keep some of the overarching concepts in mind. Keep that Parti going through all aspects of design - finish your lines - contrast longer spaces with cuts and opposing objects. All great reminders to help inspire and keep you going throughout the design process!
Wow, il primo (e unico) libro che ho letto in inglese nel 2013!

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School è una raccolta di 101 consigli, che derivano dall'esperienza dell'autore come architetto, urbanista e professore di architettura in varie facoltà americane. Alcuni arrivati alla fine del corso, come nel mio caso, sono banali e scontati, altri molto più utili, altri ancora sono citazioni che ti lasciano pensare. Forse il prezzo del libro non è proporzionale alla sua utilità (credo di averlo
Areeg Samy
Well, that's a very good book on so many different levels. Content-wise, the book basically gives a complete overview of what to take note of, having taken the career of an architect or a designer. It's the sum of all wisdom if you may, briefly, giving you pointers, reminders, and pieces of advice of important aspects of the field that you may forget or take for granted. Cuz, eventually, it's these little details that matter in the design process if forgotten. Communication-wise, the language of ...more
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