Building Designer Books

As a part of its mission to build a better building design profession, one designer at a time, AIBD has offers this list of suggested resource materials. This reference list is for information only and is a convenient link to purchase the materials.

The content of the Institute’s “Certified Professional Building Designer®” “CPBD™” certification exam may be found in multiple texts, which may not be listed here, or learned through practical experience.

A Visual Dictionary of Architecture

The classic bestselling reference on architecture is now revised and expanded!

An essential one-volume reference of architectural topics using Francis D.K. Ching’s signature presentation.

It is the only dictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustrated with finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings.

From Arch to Wood, every concept, technology, material, and detail important to architects and designers are presented in Ching’s unique style.

Architectural Graphic Standards (Ramsey/Sleeper Architectural Graphic Standards Series)

The ‘Architect’s Bible’ since 1932, updated with the latest codes and standards.

Architectural Graphic Standards are the authority for architects, designers, and building contractors.

Graphic standards are essential to building design.

It provides comprehensive guidance on the visual representation of materials, products, systems, and assemblies.

New coverage includes building resiliency and the building envelope, expert discussion on design and construction documentation fundamentals, and new examination of environmental factors, material properties, and performance.

Sustainable Design is no longer separated but incorporated throughout, and extensive appendices keep useful data right at your fingertips.

Architecture: Residential Drafting and Design Twelfth Edition, Textbook Edition

Architecture: Residential Drafting and Design provides comprehensive instruction on traditional and computer-based methods of preparing architectural working drawings and covers design and construction principles and methods.

It is organized around the design-building process, a logical way for students to learn easily. It is intended to help build the necessary technical skills to communicate architectural ideas in an understandable, efficient, and accurate manner.

In addition to providing information on architectural drafting, design, and construction, the text includes excellent coverage of computer-aided drafting and design (CADD), 3D parametric modeling applications, and building information modeling (BIM).

CPM Construction Scheduling Survival Guide: Strategies for Managing & Optimizing Time and Budget

Project scheduling is a difficult and misunderstood component of the construction process, so it stands out as a problematic issue.

The most efficient companies will have a schedule for each of their projects and will update these schedules every month, whereas the least efficient will have only a start and finish date to work with.

Simpler projects may not require complex schedules; they may not require one other than the contract start and end dates.

Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid

Sick of McMansions?

Marianne Cusato, the creator of the award-winning Katrina Cottages, is a champion of traditional architectural principles: structural common sense, aesthetics of form, appropriateness to a neighborhood, and sustainability.

She presents the definitive guide to what makes houses look and feel right, revealing the dos and don’ts of livable home design.

Hundreds of elegant line drawings–rendering the varieties of architectural features and displaying “avoid” and “use” versions of the same elements side by side–make this an indispensable resource for designing and building a timelessly beautiful home.

Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction (Go Green with Renewable Energy Resources)

A current, comprehensive guide to this exciting, emerging field.

From core concepts to innovative applications of cutting-edge technology and the latest industry trends, this text offers an in-depth introduction to constructing “green” homes.

Unlike many texts that adopt a product-oriented approach, this book emphasizes the crucial planning, processes, and execution methods necessary for effective, environmentally sound construction.

Olin’s Construction: Principles, Materials, and Methods

Get the updated industry standard for a new age of construction!

For more than fifty years, Olin’s Construction has been the cornerstone reference in the field for architecture and construction professionals and students.

This new edition is an invaluable resource that will provide in-depth coverage for decades to come.

You’ll find the most up-to-date principles, materials, methods, codes, and standards used in the design and construction of contemporary concrete, steel, masonry, and wood buildings for residential, commercial, and institutional use. Organized by the principles of the MasterFormat® 2010 Update, this edition:

Referenced In “4x Friday”


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No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

Reed Hastings, CEO and co-founder of Netflix, and Erin Meyer, a business professor at INSEAD, team up to explore the organizational cultures, successes, and lessons learned within Netflix, taking turns throughout the book to explain a situation or practice. The format feels conversational and makes the book very easy to follow, as well as informative and thought-provoking.

Hastings and Meyer, who is also the bestselling author of The Culture Map and one of the world’s most influential business thinkers, dive deep into the controversial ideologies at the heart of the Netflix psyche, which have generated results that are the envy of the business world. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with current and past Netflix employees from around the globe and never-before-told stories of trial and error from Hastings’s own career, No Rules Rules is the fascinating and untold account of the philosophy behind one of the world’s most innovative, imaginative, and successful companies.

“A fascinating analysis of Netflix. . . Highly recommended for leaders eager to build innovative, fast, and flexible teams.” —Library Journal, starred review

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

For the last two years, Tim Ferriss interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists.

This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.

“I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.” ~ Tim Ferriss.

The Lost Cause of Bleak Creek (Fiction)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Stranger Things meets the South. Chilling, hilarious, and suspenseful—I loved it!”—Felicia Day

From the authors of Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality and creators of Good Mythical Morning.

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek is like your best friend from high school—kind of weird and a little twisted, but no matter how much trouble they caused, they always made you laugh. You don’t have to be a GMM fan to realize . . . The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek, Will It Awesome Book? F@*# yeah!”—Kurt Sutter, creator of Sons of Anarchy

“Most people don’t read books, let alone write them. That puts Rhett and Link in the top 1% of smart people in the world. Read this book.”—Rachel Bloom, co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

“It’s scary, it’s fun, and it’s one hell of a carnival ride.”Kirkus Reviews

No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

A moving account of resilience, hope, fear, and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox.

In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers MortalityMichael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.

“Filled with humorous and thoughtful anecdotes and reflections, the book offers insights into a man who knows the struggle all too well but refuses to let it get in the way of living.”—Time

“A moving account of resilience and hope, as well as his hard-earned wisdom about health, illness, aging, and mortality.”USA Today

The Compound Effect

As the central curator of the success media industry for over 25 years, author Darren Hardy has heard it all, seen it all, and tried most of it. This book reveals the core principles that drive success. The Compound Effect contains the essence of what every superachiever needs to know, practice, and master to obtain extraordinary success.

“A brilliant formula for living an extraordinary life. Read it, and most important,
take action upon it!”
Jack Canfield, co-author of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

“Darren Hardy proves with The Compound Effect that common sense–when
applied–yields amazingly uncommon results. Follow these simple steps and become
who you were meant to be!”
Denis Waitley, speaker, and author of The Psychology of Winning

“Einstein said, ‘Compounding is the eighth wonder of the world.’ To compound
your successes, read, apprehend, comprehend, and fully use my friend Darren Hardy’s
brilliance to realize all your dreams, hopes, and desires.”
— Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul and co-author of The One Minute Millionaire

The Gifted Boss: How to Find, Create and Keep Great Employees

The Gifted Boss is management guru Dale Dauten’s classic—yet revolutionary—guidebook on teaching managers how to spot and court talent and how to give great employees what they want and need. This is a comprehensive system full of valuable insight and lessons aimed at creating the best work environment for the best people.

“Highly recommend for any Manager, leader or Business person!” — Amazon Fan

“Fantastic book. Every boss should read this one!” — Amazon Fan

“Great for the company library on leadership.” — Amazon Fan

“I was very impressed by this book. It’s a quick read. And it focuses on you – the easiest person to change. I’ve already purchased extra copies to hand to friends.” — Amazon Fan

Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life

With roots in Zen and the Way of Tea, wabi sabi teaches you to see the beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity, and accept the transient nature of all things. It inspires you to simplify everything and concentrate on what truly matters. Filled with simple yet profound wisdom, Wabi Sabi will help you slow down, reconnect with nature, and be gentler on yourself.

Wabi sabi (“wah-bi sah-bi”) is an ancient and deeply held philosophy closely tied to Japanese culture. Wabi sabi sees the beauty in imperfection, appreciates simplicity, and accepts that change is inevitable. With roots in Zen, the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi is more relevant now than ever.

“This is joyous and does inspire this reader. I would recommend this book for a variety of reasons.” — Amazon Fan

“Not long ago I found about wabi sabi and was looking for a book. Found this one and I must say that I love it. The way this book is written transmits peace to me. I enjoyed it and will read it again. The concept of wabi sabi is formulated in a beautiful way.” — Amazon Fan

“What a wonderful book. It is a short path to happiness with Wabi Sabi.” — Amazon Fan

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times.

“It’s about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador. This will be huge.” —Jack Canfield, Co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul®, 100+ million copies sold

“Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life, it’s all here. Whether you’re a wage slave or a Fortune 500 CEO, this book will change your life!” —Phil Town, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Rule #1

“The 4-Hour Workweek is a new way of solving a very old problem: just how can we work to live and prevent our lives from being all about work?  A world of infinite options awaits those who would read this book and be inspired by it!” —Michael E. Gerber, Founder & Chairman of E-Myth Worldwide and the World’s #1 Small Business Guru

From the 4x Friday:

“Simon Sinek released his latest book in October 2019, The Infinite Game: How to Lead in the 21st Century. I found a 1.5-hour talk Simon gave on the topic at How To: Academy. Simon asks the question, how do we win a game that has no end? Like football or chess, Finite games have known players, fixed rules, and a clear endpoint. Infinite games, games with no finish line, like business or politics, or life itself, have players who come and go.​ What I heard, “In an infinite game, there’s no such thing as winning or being the best. There’s only being ahead or being behind, and the only true competitor in an infinite game is yourself.” The question I’m asking myself, how can I be a better player?​”

E-Myth Mastery:

Learn the difference between being an entrepreneur and doing a job, and how to get money when banks won’t help, how to expand your customer bases when a big business moves in down the street, and how to make sure your business keeps its promises every single time.

“The power of the E-Myth will transform your business and your life.” — Allan D. Koltin, CPA, President and CEO, Practice Development Institute

“Gerber’s powerful insights have given thousands of entrepreneurs new control over their businesses.” — Success

“Here is, if not the only source of good advice, at least an important source.” — Booklist

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