Our Staff’s Favorite Design Books

Looking for something to read? The TTC staff shared their favorite design titles, from monographs to guidebooks. Scroll down to see their selections, and click on a cover to learn more!

“THE UNIVERSAL TRAVELER” (1972)

ABOUT THE BOOK: This book is a guide to creativity, problem solving and the process of reaching goals. 

“I found this book while I was in college and really liked it. This book gave me permission to be creative.” -Wayne Turett, architect

“MUTATIONS” (2001)

ABOUT THE BOOK: The author of “S, M, L, XL” teams up with an international group of top architects and theorists to explore the myriad ways in which the city is undergoing a series of profound transformations.

“It’s an urban design book and very analytical.” – Zeynep Kurt, architect

“RESIDENTS: INSIDE THE ICONIC BARBICAN ESTATE” (2016)

ABOUT THE BOOK: A rare glimpse of what goes on within the Barbican Estate.

“The Barbican is possibly my favorite building complex in London and I love this book that just shows how people have made the apartments their own.” – Sam Evans, architect

LEARNING FROM SEGAL” (1988)

ABOUT THE BOOK: A study of Walter Segal’s life, work and influence.

“Not a ton of pretty pictures: it’s more a call to action. It’s about the London architect who developed and popularized techniques for ‘self-builders’: the press called it ‘architecture without architects’.” -Simeon Seigel, architect

“GLENN MURCUTT: BUILDINGS AND PROJECTS” (1995)

ABOUT THE BOOK: Australian architect Glenn Murcutt has created an oeuvre that is remarkably consistent, unusual in character, and yet curiously familiar.

“A really influential professor put me on to Murcutt’s work, which really resonated with me then, and still does now.  – Alex Nizhikhovskiy, architect

“PETER ZUMTHOR: 1975-2013” (2014)

ABOUT THE BOOK: An authoritative monograph on Peter Zumthor, one of the the most important contemporary architects.

“This is actually a compendium of 5 books that cover the work of Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.  Some personal essays but mostly beautiful drawings. renderings, and photos of his work. -James Saisakorn, architect

“HENRY MOORE: SCULPTURES AND DRAWINGS” (1969)

ABOUT THE BOOK: The human figure, enigmatically isolated or in relationship with others, is both the stimulus and the crux of all Henry Moore’s works.

“My mother had this beautiful book. As a child was one of my favourite ‘picture books.’” -Jessica Shaw, interior designer