100 Essential Architecture Books

Made possible with a generous donation from the Rae Dumke Development Fund of the Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF), this collection features fiction and non-fiction books about architecture.

The Rae Dumke Collection of 100 Essential Architecture Books was developed by an MAF committee. The members of this committee were:

  • Alan Cobb, Albert Kahn Associates
  • Rae Dumke, Honorary AIA
  • Doug Koschik, Baldwin Library
  • Jeffrey Ryntz, Saroki Architecture
  • Michelle Saroki, Saroki Architecture
  • Stephen Smith, TMP Architecture

Titles were suggested by architects and other people around the country. Through an endowment fund set up with the Baldwin Public Library Trust, this collection was purchased for and will be housed at Baldwin, with the understanding that the books will be available not only to Baldwin cardholders, but also nationwide through interlibrary loan. The collection will be updated on a regular basis.

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Rae Dumke and Doug Koschik, Library Director, unveiled the 100 Essential Architecture Books collection at an Open House on June 11, 2014.

ABC of architecture

Architects on architecture

The Architecture of Happiness

Between silence and light

Complexity and contradiction in architecture

Creation is a patient search

Experiencing architecture

Goodbye history, hello hamburger

House

Kicked a building lately

Learning from Las Vegas

The legacy of Albert Kahn

Mies van der Rohe at work

Morphosis

The natural house

The old way of seeing

The poetics of space

The search for form in art and architecture

Small, medium, large, extra-large

The seven lamps of architecture

The tall building artistically reconsidered

Thinking architecture

Towards a new architecture

The unreal America

Wrestling with Moses

Yes is more

Architecture in the 20th century

Theory and design in the first machine age

Vitruvius

The world's greatest buildings

American architecture and urbanism

AIA Detroit

AIA guide to New York City

The buildings of Detroit

Delirious New York

100 years of landscape architecture

Bold romantic gardens

Design on the land

Design with nature

10 X 10

10 x 10_2

10 x 10 / 3

Fallingwater

Frontier metropolis

Greek revival America

Home by design

Hugh Newell Jacobsen

The Phaidon atlas of 21st century world architecture

The Phaidon atlas of contemporary world architecture

Hide and seek

The house with sixteen handmade doors

Sustainable

The future of architecture in 100 buildings

Furnitecture

Microshelters

Rethink

Midcentury houses today

The buildings that revolutionized architecture

Gothic for the steam age

Latin America in construction

Le Corbusier

The Duchamp dictionary

Becoming an architect

A history of the future

Loving Frank

The agony and the ecstasy

The fountainhead

Kindergarten Chats

Sir Banister Fletcher's a history of architecture

Space Time and Architecture

The American city

The architecture of the city

City

Collage city

Combinatory urbanism

The death and life of great American cities

Design of cities

The image of the city

Makeshift metropolis

A pattern language

From art to landscape

Gardens are for people

Landscape Architecture

Design Thinking

Lost Detroit

Lost New York

Modern architecture

Introduction to architecture

Sustainable Preservation

Sustainable Urbanism

Wood Architecture Now

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

Architecture Form Space and Order

How Buildings Work

Precedents in Architecture

What Style Is It?

Why Buildings Stand up

The great bridge

From Bauhaus to our house

The future of the past

Beauty

Historic preservation

Historic preservation and the livable city

How buildings learn

A richer heritage

Creating the not so big house

Buildings across time

Buildings of Michigan

Cities & people

The city in history

A field guide to American houses

Forgotten landmarks of Detroit

The four books on architecture

A global history of architecture

Future of Architecture

Cradle to cradle

Frank Lloyd Wright

The devil in the white city

The not so big house

A clearing in the distance

Architecture, anyone?

At home

Brunelleschi's dome

Gardner's art through the ages

Helvetica and the New York City subway system

Mont Saint Michel the education

New York, then & now

Pastoral capitalism

Trees for American gardens

The works : anatomy of a city

The California missions

Castle

Cathedral

Pyramid

Underground

ABC of architecture
Architects on architecture
The Architecture of Happiness
Between silence and light
Complexity and contradiction in architecture
Creation is a patient search
Experiencing architecture
Goodbye history, hello hamburger
House
Kicked a building lately
Learning from Las Vegas
The legacy of Albert Kahn
Mies van der Rohe at work
 Morphosis
The natural house
The old way of seeing
The poetics of space
The search for form in art and architecture
 Small, medium, large, extra-large
The seven lamps of architecture
The tall building artistically reconsidered
Thinking architecture
Towards a new architecture
The unreal America
Wrestling with Moses
Yes is more
Architecture in the 20th century
Theory and design in the first machine age
Vitruvius
The world's greatest buildings
American architecture and urbanism
AIA Detroit
AIA guide to New York City
The buildings of Detroit
Delirious New York
100 years of landscape architecture
Bold romantic gardens
Design on the land
Design with nature
10 X 10
10 x 10_2
10 x 10 / 3
Fallingwater
Frontier metropolis
Greek revival America
Home by design
Hugh Newell Jacobsen
The Phaidon atlas of 21st century world architecture
The Phaidon atlas of contemporary world architecture
Hide and seek
The house with sixteen handmade doors
Sustainable
The future of architecture in 100 buildings
Furnitecture
Microshelters
Rethink
Midcentury houses today
The buildings that revolutionized architecture
Gothic for the steam age
Latin America in construction
Le Corbusier
The Duchamp dictionary
 Becoming an architect
A history of the future
Loving Frank
The agony and the ecstasy
The fountainhead
Kindergarten Chats
Sir Banister Fletcher's a history of architecture
Space Time and Architecture
The American city
The architecture of the city
City
Collage city
Combinatory urbanism
The death and life of great American cities
Design of cities
The image of the city
Makeshift metropolis
 A pattern language
From art to landscape
 Gardens are for people
Landscape Architecture
Design Thinking
Lost Detroit
Lost New York
Modern architecture
Introduction to architecture
Sustainable Preservation
Sustainable Urbanism
Wood Architecture Now
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
Architecture Form Space and Order
How Buildings Work
Precedents in Architecture
What Style Is It?
Why Buildings Stand up
The great bridge
From Bauhaus to our house
The future of the past
Beauty
Historic preservation
Historic preservation and the livable city
How buildings learn
A richer heritage
Creating the not so big house
Buildings across time
Buildings of Michigan
Cities & people
The city in history
 A field guide to American houses
Forgotten landmarks of Detroit
The four books on architecture
A global history of architecture
Future of Architecture
 Cradle to cradle
Frank Lloyd Wright
The devil in the white city
The not so big house
A clearing in the distance
Architecture, anyone?
 At home
Brunelleschi's dome
Gardner's art through the ages
Helvetica and the New York City subway system
Mont Saint Michel the education
New York, then & now
Pastoral capitalism
Trees for American gardens
The works : anatomy of a city
The California missions
Castle
Cathedral
Pyramid
Underground