Best architecture books chosen by experts

We list the best architecture books recommended by critics from The Guardian, NPR, New York Times and many more. All critics' recommendations are referenced with customer reviews. The rating you see is an aggregate from several platforms and is always higher than 4 out of 5 stars.

4.9 Four Walls and a Roof

Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession

The Guardian

“Four Walls and a Roof tells the stories that tend to get left out of official histories, but which actually shape our physical environment.”

Featured in The Guardian’s Best Architecture Books of 2017.

4.8 You Say To Brick

You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn

New York Times

“This biography covers the best-known works of the architect Louis Kahn as well as his complicated personal life.”

Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.

4.0 Haute Bohemians

Haute Bohemians by Miguel Flores-Vianna

New York Times

“From rooms rich with texture and layered with vibrant patterns to spare outdoor spaces strewn with greenery, Miguel Flores-Vianna’s Haute Bohemians is a treasure trove of inspiring and transportive interiors.”

Featured in New York Times’ 2017 Gift Guide.

4.8 Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models

Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 Kirigami Buildings to Cut and Fold

World Architecture Community

“Frank Lloyd Wright is the most renowned and popular architect and designer in America. Now you can create 14 of his best loved buildings using the art of kirigami.”

Featured in The World Architecture Community Best Architecture Books of 2017.

4.6 Design For Good

Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone

World Architecture Community

“In Design for Good, John Cary offers character-driven, real-world stories about projects around the globe that offer more—buildings that are designed and created with and for the people who will use them.”

Featured in The World Architecture Community Best Architecture Books of 2017.

4.9 Postmodern Design Complete

Postmodern Design Complete: Design, Furniture, Graphics, Architecture, Interiors

New York Times

“Over 480 pages Postmodern Design Complete covers architecture, design, graphic design and edited design in the work of more than 60 adherents.”

Featured in New York Times’ Best Art Books of 2017.