101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

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This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom.

These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation — from the basics of "How to Draw a Line" to the complexities of color theory — provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy, making concrete what too often is left nebulous or open-ended in the architecture curriculum. Each lesson utilizes a two-page format, with a brief explanation and an illustration that can range from diagrammatic to whimsical. The lesson on "How to Draw a Line" is illustrated by examples of good and bad lines; a lesson on the dangers of awkward floor level changes shows the television actor Dick Van Dyke in the midst of a pratfall; a discussion of the proportional differences between traditional and modern buildings features a drawing of a building split neatly in half between the two. Written by an architect and instructor who remembers well the fog of his own student days, 101 Things I Learned in Architecture Schoolprovides valuable guideposts for navigating the design studio and other classes in the architecture curriculum. Architecture graduates — from young designers to experienced practitioners— will turn to the book as well, for inspiration and a guide back to basics when solving a complex design problem.

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"How to draw a line, the meaning of figure-ground theory, hand-lettering and the fact that windows look dark in the daytimeeach item has resonance beyond architecture. Books like this are brief tutorials in the art of seeing, a skill useful in every aspect of life on the planet." —Susan Salter Reynolds latimes.com
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  • ISBN-13: 9780262062664
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2007
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 89,565
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Frederick is an architect and urban designer in Cambridge,Massachusetts. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities,including Boston Architectural College and WentworthInstitute ofTechnology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    Informative and Entertaining

    101 Things I Learned in Architecture School' is a book for professionals and for the interested bystander. Each lesson is presented in a two-page format: art and text. The book is written in direct and unpretentious style, and the drawings are wonderful. In format, approach, and information, this book reminds me of Norton Juster's forgotten 1963 classic 'The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics.'

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    A great gift!

    I purchased this book for my best friend in the world who last month applied to the school of architecture at NCState and was not accepted. She was really sad. I thought this would cheer her up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    101 Things I learned in Architecture School

    Like the book says, it's something good to sit on your desk. It shares some basic principles, diagrams, & ideas that each architect should think about at the beginning of their career & projects. Keep it & look through from time to time. Good to share with some architects that have lost their inspiration or have been producing products for to long with no concept or aspect of architecture. The only thing it needs is blank pages to add notes & other items picked up over the years.

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