The following are some of the best books I’ve found to learn more about Architecture.

Books for Children

13 Buildings Children Should Know
13 Buildings Children Should Know(2009)by Annette Roeder.

This short book keeps things simple by talking about just 13 buildings. The Pyramids at Giza, the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House and Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing. There are 4 pages about each building with photographs, drawings, and some basic text explaining the building, it’s architectural style and the historical context.

Architecture Collections

Great Buildings
Great Buildings(2012)by DK Publishing.

A beautiful book with countless great photos and large two-page spreads with visual tours. Excellent introduction. My favorite of this type of book.
World Architecture: The Masterworks
World Architecture: The Masterworks(2008)by Will Pryce.

This is a very large coffee-table book with excellent photos. It is strongly biased towards diverse historic buildings from all over the world.

Architecture Field Guides

What Style Is It: A Guide to American Architecture
What Style Is It: A Guide to American Architecture(2003)by Poppeliers and Chambers.

A very good initial exploration into different styles with useful photographic examples.

Modern Architecture

Makers of Modern Architecture: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry
Makers of Modern Architecture: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry(2007)by Martin Filler.

This book is a collection of interesting, well written and detailed essays about several of the most important architects that preceded, created and followed in the footsteps of modern architecture. It is not an introductory text and uses a lot of architectural terms, but it is a great way to get a deeper look at an architect after being exposed to their work for the first time. See also Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II: From Le Corbusier to Rem Koolhaas.

Postmodern Architecture

The New Paradigm in Architecture: The Language of Postmodernism
The New Paradigm in Architecture: The Language of Postmodernism(2002)by Charles Jencks.

One of the bibles of this style, this is one of many editions of the same basic content by the same author.

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