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101 Things I Learned in Architecture School (MIT Press)

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School (MIT Press)

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School (MIT Press)
By Matthew Frederick

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Book Description

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 process, and presentation--from the basics of how to draw a line to the complexities of color theory--provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy and make concrete what too often is left nebulous and open-ended in the architecture curriculum.

Like all books in the popular and celebrated 101 THINGS I LEARNED® book series, the lessons in 101 THINGS I LEARNED IN ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL utilize a unique two-page format, with a brief explanation and accompanying illustration. A lesson on how to draw a line is accompanied by examples of good and bad lines; a lesson on awkward floor level changes shows the television actor Dick Van Dyke in the midst of a pratfall; and a discussion of the proportional differences between traditional and modern buildings features a building split neatly in half between the two.

Written by an architect and instructor who well remembers the fog of his own student days, 101 THINGS I LEARNED IN ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL provides valuable guideposts for students navigating the architectural design studio and the rest of the architecture curriculum. Architecture graduates, from young designers to experienced practitioners, will turn to the book as well for inspiration and a guide back to basics when solving complex design problems.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #11339 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • Published on: 2007-08-31
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 5.00" h x .80" w x 7.00" l,
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 216 pages


  • MIT Press (MA)

Editorial Reviews

"The winner of a host of prizes, this delicately laid-out book advises students how to approach a number of design principles. Including advice on everything from 'how to draw a line' to 'how to sketch a one-point perspective of a rectangular interior space' this is a must-have for anyone starting out in the field." -- Will Coldwell, The Independent

"How to draw a line, the meaning of figure-ground theory, hand-lettering and the fact that windows look dark in the daytimeeach item has resonance beyond architecture. Books like this are brief tutorials in the art of seeing, a skill useful in every aspect of life on the planet." -- Susan Salter Reynolds

From the Back Cover

Concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation, from the basics of "How to Draw a Line" to the complexities of color theory. 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

About the Author
Matthew Frederick is an architect, urban designer, and the creator of the 101 THINGS I LEARNED® book series. He has taught architecture, urban design, and urban planning at a number of colleges and universities. He lives in Hudson, New York.

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Easy to understand
By Jeremy O'carroll
I'm a writer doing research for a novel of mine and knew nothing about architecture prior to reading this book. I still don't know much, but Frederick's work has opened my mind to the kind of things architects need to consider when designing something. The primary merit of this book is its clarity: it explains key architectural concepts in terms anyone can easily understand.
See the book as 101 bite-sized architectural ideas to get you thinking - ideas that can direct you to deeper research and study. It is good for beginners, but probably too simple for anyone who has studied much architecture. Since I'm an architectural newbie, it was great!

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Needed book for any designer
By Haley
Love this book. Simple sketches that explain complex ideas. i use this book when I need some sketching ideas or back to basic lessons.

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5A Practical Work of Art
By j michael rowland
This is a delightful little book (speaking of the hardbound version), pocket-sized and bound as much as a work of art, itself, as it is a practical guide. It's full of sage advice, presented in a no-nonsense straightforward manner, e.g.: How to draw lines that don't look wimpy; How to create dynamic compositions that encourage the eye to wander; How to use geometric shapes; etc. It juxtaposes contradictory advice from Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe and Robert Venturi (respectively, "Less is more" and "Less is a bore") to illustrate that both are true and wisdom lies in the middle. The book is a delight to read, hard to put down, and organized as a more-than-handy reference.

In this case, it is definitely worth paying the postage charge to receive the hardbound edition, as it is lovingly bound with a library spine, stiff cover boards chosen for their materials, and laid out with generous whitespace that doesn't make the printed content disappear into the gutter. It's a pleasure to read and to hold in your hands.

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