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101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  3,027 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the 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 things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom. These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation -- from th ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 31st 2007 by MIT Press (MA) (first published December 31st 2006)
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Nov 12, 2009 Nate rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 11, 2013 Nada Elfeituri rated it it was amazing
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.
Mohammed Rasheen
Jun 08, 2016 Mohammed Rasheen rated it it was amazing
This book was introduced to me by a senior professor on his facebook wall during my second year of college,i ignored it then but later after couple of years i got to go through it, and at once i was impressed by the total idea of this book. This is indeed 101 most fundamental things one is supposed to learn from an architectural school, but sadly i feel the priority set in university syllabuses in my country failed to promote such fundamentals, so i would recommend this book to every budding arc ...more
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
Jan 26, 2012 Wei Cho rated it it was amazing
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
Brad VanAuken
Feb 19, 2013 Brad VanAuken rated it it was amazing
Shelves: architecture
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
Zoha Trabelsi
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School 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! <3I am an architecture student, and ...more
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
Jan 05, 2017 Fadwa rated it really liked it
طُلب منا في إحدى المساقات الدراسية تلخيص كتاب، ومع ضيق وقتي حاولت أن أبحث عن كتاب بسيط سهل ولن يأخذ مني الوقت والجهد الكثير، وخلال بحثي السريع وجدتُ هذا الكتاب الرائع بداية شدني لقلة كلامه، وأنه يتناول بعض السكتشات السريعة، ولأنه موجه لطلاب كلية العمارة على وجه الخصوص، ورغم شعوري بالندم لاختياره في أول اللحظات كون لغته انجليزية، ولكن بعد إتمامي لقراءته شعرت بسعادة غامرة أن وضع الله هذا الكتاب في طريقي، وأن صبّرني حتى النهاية، فقد وجدت الكثير من المتعة خلال قراءته، وشعرت أنه يلامس حياتنا كطلاب عم ...more
Jul 29, 2011 irfan rated it liked it
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
Feb 17, 2011 Lucius rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 25, 2015 Tajana rated it really liked it
1) menza se otvara u 9 i nikad nije prerano za rucak
2) kad proracunavas grede stropne ploce i mostove moras uzet u obzir i prosjecnu tezinu grijeha svake osobe
3) ljude apsolutno ne zanima nista vezano za tvoj faks ali to te nece sprijecit da pricas o njemu
Huda AbuKhoti
Jun 24, 2012 Huda AbuKhoti rated it it was amazing
Shelves: architecture
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
Jul 18, 2012 انشراح شبلاق rated it really liked it
Shelves: architecture
It's a very useful book, not just for beginners but also for those who need to be constantly reminded with this stuff.
Naslha Espinal
Jan 16, 2017 Naslha Espinal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, architecture
More than a year has pass since I finished college, and in all that time I focused on catching up on my reading for pleasure, and put any architecture related books on hold as a way of detoxing after my thesis. So, when I picked up this book something in me clicked, to the point that I just couldn't put it down.

Overall, excellent read for architecture students and graduates alike. Great way of going back to basics when needed.
Adam Wiggins
Oct 06, 2011 Adam Wiggins rated it liked it
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
Jun 13, 2014 Ann Mur rated it really liked it
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
Lauretta Cocke
Jan 09, 2012 Lauretta Cocke rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 11, 2012 Trish rated it really liked it
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!
Joni Baboci
Aug 03, 2012 Joni Baboci rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 18, 2011 Kast rated it it was amazing
Shelves: architecture
humorous in simple sketch to explain the idea but its nail .Its a worth advice in a simple presentation.
Apr 14, 2010 Sazuru rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-and-design
A wonderful, sensible, inspiring little book for anyone designing anything...or anyone interested in buildings.
Jan 20, 2017 Ela rated it it was amazing
Reading this book as an architect is like finding a poem, which describes your very own feeling in a beautiful, rich, complete and simple way.
It's 101 little poems for architects.
And when you realise that most of the "things" described in the book you do intuitively on daily basis, it's like doing a high-five with yourself (in your little architectural thoughts of course).
Feb 11, 2017 Tanish rated it really liked it
Shelves: good, architecture
Handy for architecture students.
Jan 25, 2017 Johann rated it it was amazing
Sometimes good to read to remind architects some of the fundamentals of the design process but I would definitely recommend it to first year students.
Abdelhak Chaker
Oct 12, 2016 Abdelhak Chaker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: architecture
The first book I read about architecture, I've read it 5 times so far, it's one of the books that every architecture student MUST read and keep with them to go back to it whenever needed, it helped me a lot in my studio projects and it should help you too so go get it now!
Jul 21, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Jun 16, 2013 Frank rated it really liked it
Recommended to Frank by: Rinus Ormeling
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
Jul 02, 2013 Martyn rated it it was amazing
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
Sebastian Gebski
No rating as I was not an intended audience of this book & reading it was actually some sort of experiment :)

The long story short - this is a book about "traditional" architecture, but I've decided to read it (following Marcin Floryan's recommendation) to validate how many of universal architecture principles (taken from the physical world) apply to more ephemeral, software architecture as well.

The experience was ... interesting, but inconclusive. Traditional architecture is a lot about equi
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