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Recommended Books

Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers In Design Second Edition. Waldrep, Lee (2009)

Get the answers to key questions in Becoming an Architect. Written by " ," this completely up-to-date guide to today's careers in architecture provides a clear and concise survey of the field and offers advice for navigating a successful career. Filled with interviews and insights from leading architects, the book covers everything from educational requirements and design specialties to registration requirements and the many directions in which a career in architecture can go.

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To order: Wiley Publishing

The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development. Kim, Grace (2006)

Written by Grace Kim, a young architect who has worked in large and small firms and started her own firm, this is a concise, helpful guide to understanding the choices and decisions you will confront on the road from student to practitioner. Whether you are currently an architecture student, starting the internship process, taking the registration exams, or beginning your own firm, this book demystifies the process for you.

To order: Wiley Publishing

Guide to Architecture Schools ACSA. (Ed.). (2003).

This guide to architecture schools is the only complete survey of all accredited professional architecture programs in the United States and Canada. An invaluable reference to the prospective student, graduate student, educators, administrators, counselors, and practitioners, the 2003 edition of the Guide contains descriptions of all 125 full and candidate member schools and over 100 affiliate member schools of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

To order: ACSA

Other Suggested Reading

Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession. Lewis, R. K. (1998).

Using three sections - 1) To Be or Not To Be ... an Architect; 2) Becoming an Architect; and 3) Being an Architect, the author provides an inside look at the profession, its educational process, and weighing the pros and cons of becoming an architect. Written by Roger Lewis, a professor of architecture at the University of Maryland at College Park, the book is excellent reading for an aspiring architect.

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Architecture 101: A Guide to the Design Studio. Pressman, Andy (1993). 

Architecture 101 introduces students to the design studio and helps them to developa process by which they can complete design projects.  Covering every practical element of this central experience, from setting up that first day to landing that first job, this important work features contributions from some of the most distinguished names in architecture.

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ABC of Architecture. Gorman, James F. (1998).

ABC of Architecture is an accessible, non-technical text on the first steps to understanding architectural structure, history, and criticism. Author James Forman moves seamlessly from a discussion of the most basic inspiration for architecture (the need for shelter from the elements) to an exploration of space, system, and material, and, finally, to an examination of the language and history of architecture.

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Design Juries on Trial: The Renaissance of the Design Studio. Anthony, Kathryn, (1991). 

Design Juries on Trial unlocks the door to the mysterious design jury system—exposing its hidden agendas and helping you overcome intimidation, confrontation, and frustration.  It explains how to improve the success rate of submissions to juries—whether in academic settings, for competitions, and awards programs, or for professional accounts.

Conditions for Accreditation. NAAB (2009). 

The NAAB Conditions for Accreditation outline the requirements that the accredited degree programs must meet to ensure minimum standards and a uniform accrediting process.

To access: NAAB