Books Every Designer Should Own - from William Stout

Books every designer should own, recommended by William Stout Architectural Books.


Light in Japanese Architecture (A+U) Add to My Reading List

Henry Plummer

Henry Plummer’s essential survey of light in Japanese architecture.


In Praise of Shadows Add to My Reading List

Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s seminal essay on the Japanese sense of beauty.


IDEO Method Cards: 51 Ways to Inspire Design Add to My Reading List


IDEO’s design tool meant to help you explore new approaches and develop your own. Use the deck to take a new view, to inspire creativity, to communicate with your team, or to turn a corner.


Pamphlet Architecture 1–10 Add to My Reading List

Pamphlet Architecture

A reissuing of the first ten issues—most of which have long been out of print—of this popular series founded twenty years ago by Steven Holl and our own William Stout. Featuring works by Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Lebbeus Woods, and others.


Geometry of Design: Studies in Proportion and Composition Add to My Reading List

Kimberly Elam

Using detailed diagrams and vellum overlays, Elam illustrates how naturally occurring systems of measurement create symmetry, order, and visual balance in a broad spectrum of successful modern design.

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