If you’re preparing for the Architecture Registration Exam 5.0 Project Development & Documentation (ARE PDD) this is your one stop shop. While studying for the exams, a huge hassle was finding all the right resources. This is a place you can come to find a list of resources for the exam. If you have any additional resources, leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list.
The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice [$$$] – “This book is monstrously huge and covers every possible area of architectural firm operations to a significant extent. The problem is this is all very, very dry and academic information. You’ll read about all the things you’ll find in any other academic text on business – the academic way to do finance, the academic way to run projects, etc. This book takes no risks, violates no norms, and spells things out exactly as you would learn it from a professor or textbook.” [Also Recommend for: PcM, PjM, PPD]
Architectural Acoustics [$$] – “Since first encountering Egan’s text a little more than 20 years ago, I’ve continued to return to it for solid information. Complex material is presented in a way that allows me to apply it to unique conditions at hand. ” [Also Recommend for: PPD]
Architectural Graphic Standards [$$$] – “I call it the Architectural Engineer’s Bible. Great Information for any Engineering Technician, Draftsman, AutoCAD users, Architects, etc” [Also Recommend for: PPD]
Building Construction Illustrated [$] – Certainly a classic every architect and aspiring architect should have in their library. Beautiful and detailed illustrations that can help anyone understand the multitude of components that comprise a building. [Also Recommend for: PPD]
Building Structures [$$$] – Considered “the comprehensive reference on the basics of structural analysis and design”. [Also Recommend for: PPD]
Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods [$$] – “This book doesn’t pull any punches, covering all aspects of construction, from building sites to foundations to wood types to fasteners to framing, siding, windows, doors, concrete, masonry, glass, glazing, roof types, roofing and on and on and on. The authors aren’t just touching on these subjects, but delving deeply into each one. ” [Also Recommend for: PPD]
Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects [$$] – “Probably the best energy efficiency book I’ve ever bought. Liked the third edition so much last spring and bought it then, even though I knew the 4th edition was coming out in the fall (and I bought it too). Clear, beautifully illustrated with great explanations of sometimes more complex topics. A great reference for not only architects, but engineers also (like me). A must have for anyone interested in sustainable design.” [Also Recommend for: PPD]
The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design [$] – “A fully comprehensive, up-to-date and well organized compendium of sustainable design and construction techniques, this book seems to keep fining its way onto my desk again and again for various projects”. You can pickup a used version for a decent price. [Also Recommend for: PPD]
International Building Code (2012) [$$$] – Old faithful. Sometimes it can be hard to get through and understand code. A lot of it just comes with memorization. I’ve linked the commentary here because it helps you understand the intent behind the code. [Also Recommend for: PA, PPD]
Mechanical and Electrical Systems in Buildings [$$$] – “Probably the best energy efficiency book I’ve ever bought. Clear, beautifully illustrated with great explanations of sometimes more complex topics. A great reference for not only architects, but engineers also (like me). A must have for anyone interested in sustainable design.” [Also Recommend for: PPD]
Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures [$$$] – This book “provides requirements for general structural design and includes means for determining dead, live, soil, flood, snow, rain, atmospheric ice, earthquake, and wind loads, as well as their combinations, which are suitable for inclusion in building codes and other documents.”
Olin’s Construction Principles, Materials, and Methods [$$$] – “While very large, the book covers all details of a building from the ground up. It’s very specific, but also a very easy read. It’s written in clear, concise English that makes it an easy read… even though it may be a dry subject at times. For those who know nothing about construction this is an ideal book.” [Also Recommend for: PPD]
The Professional Practice of Architectural Working Drawings [$$$] – “Very comprehensive, well-organized and laid out, practical and educational book [on creating architectural drawings]. I especially appreciated how current the information was, the range of information they covered and that they managed to cover even the most technical aspects in a way that was easy enough to understand.”
Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders [$$] – It seems like this book doesn’t really simplify anything. “The tables are wonderful, but equations in the book are written without units, so unless you know exactly where the author is pulling his numbers from, you will get lost and end up screwing up your own calculations.”
Steel Construction Manual [$$$] – When I worked as a structural detailer I was flipping through this thing all the time. When I landed a job in architecture I wished I had one by my side, but that has since subsided. It’s been referred to as the “bible of steel”.
Structures [$$] – “The text discusses concepts from both engineering and architectural perspectives, exploring structural behavior, structural analysis, and design within a building context.” [Also Recommend for: PPD]
Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery [$$] – “This book is a must for the builder/owner and manager looking to take advantage of the opportunities in this rapidly evolving field.” It’s also a good investment for the anyone pursing architecture licensure since sustainable principles are sprinkled throughout all of the Architecture Registration Exams.
A Visual Dictionary of Architecture [$] – “Worth every penny. Having the diagrams along with definitions and examples really helps clarify architectural elements and vocabulary. Highly recommend.” [Also Recommend for: PPD]
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