Architects Bookstore

Hours and Location
AIABaltimore Architects Bookstore, 11 1/2 W. Chase St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, or by appointment.
Contact: 410-625-2585

Open to the public! The Architects Bookstore specializes in books relating to Baltimore and design. Topics include Baltimore architecture and history, interior design, international architecture, landscape architecture, sustainability, and urban design and planning. The bookstore also sells postcards and hosts gallery exhibitions.

Current Exhibition – Earth Touched the Sky: A Yellowstone Experience

yellowstone photograph

On view September  – October 26, 2017

Artist’s Statement

Amos Gambrah is an architecture student who is interested in the interfaces of the built environment and natural landscapes, particularly the vast North American landscape.  From coast-coast, the United States is blessed with an expansive and stunning landscape, which we can easily overlook as we go about our daily lives. For this reason, the artist enjoys extended road trips to explore new regions of the great American landscape. As a lifelong photographer, but a relative newcomer to the US, Amos is most captivated by the grand scale of its geographical features. It is this monumentality of the landscape; almost inconceivable, which motivates him to embark on these journeys to capture such arresting beauty and share them with the world.

Amos is a graduate student at Morgan State University studying architecture. His interests include the interface of the built environment with the natural and the effects they have on each other. As a child growing up in Ghana, the natural beauty of the United States captured his imagination. He hopes in a way his work contributes to the protection of these areas from unwarranted development and exploration. And ultimately such beauty will be preserved for future generations to enjoy. He prefers to make the journeys by road to keep his perspective “grounded,” allowing him the opportunity to take in as much of the landscape as possible.

Extended Exhibition – BB La: A stroll in Abstraction

AIABaltimore Gallery (lower level), 11 1/2 W. Chase St.,
Baltimore, MD 21201
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Now through September 28, 2017

Artist’s Statement

BB La is an abstract expressionist. She creates pieces filled with color and varied elements of texture. While always visually interesting, the depth of the composition creates movement and excitement along with a sense of color. Once installed, the piece will “make the room.” The artist has shown her work in Bethesda, Potomac, throughout Baltimore including Fells Point, Downtown, Hampden, Montgomery Park, Federal Hill, Timonium and Ellicott City. A favorite challenge is to bring color, life and engagement to a room.

BB La aka Mary Fay LaMartina, a retired educator and lifelong painter. For thirty five years she served in the Baltimore City Schools as a  guidance counselor and principal. She taught for many years in the graduate schools of Loyola University and Johns Hopkins University training future school administrators.

Since retiring in 2009,BB and her husband Ron have enjoyed four grandchildren and golfing.

Recommended Reading – Summer Edition


Whether you’re at the beach, by the pool, or relaxing at home, summer is the perfect season to get lost in a new book. Take a look at new arrivals at the AIABaltimore/BAF Architects Bookstore.

The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton – One of the great, but often unmentioned, causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kind of walls, chairs, buildings and streets we’re surrounded by. And yet a concern for architecture and design is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. The Architecture of Happinessstarts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be – and argues that it is architecture’s task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential. Whereas many architects are wary of openly discussing the word beauty, the book has at its centre the large and naïve question: ‘What is a beautiful building?’ It amounts to a tour through the philosophy and psychology of architecture, which aims to change the way we think about our homes, streets and ourselves. (

Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs, Robert Kanigel – The first major biography of the irrepressible woman who changed the way we view and live in cities, and whose influence can still be felt in any discussion of urban planning to this day. Eyes on the Street is a revelation of the phenomenal woman who raised three children, wrote seven groundbreaking books, saved neighborhoods, stopped expressways, was arrested twice, and engaged at home and on the streets in thousands of debates–all of which she won. Here is the child who challenged her third-grade teacher; the high school poet; the journalist who honed her writing skills at Iron Age, Architectural Forum, Fortune, and other outlets, while amassing the knowledge she would draw upon to write her most famous book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Here, too, is the activist who helped lead an ultimately successful protest against Robert Moses’s proposed expressway through her beloved Greenwich Village; and who, in order to keep her sons out of the Vietnam War, moved to Canada, where she became as well known and admired as she was in the United States.(

Baltimore: Reinventing an Industrial Legacy City, Klaus Philipsen – Baltimore: Reinventing an Industrial Legacy City is an exploration into the reinvention, self-reflection and boosterism of US legacy cities, taking Baltimore as the case study model to reveal the larger narrative. Author Klaus Philipsen investigates the modern urban condition and the systemic problems involved with adapting metropolitan regions into equitable and sustainable communities, covering topics such as growth, urban sprawl, the depletion of cities, social justice, smart city and open data, transportation, community development, sustainability and diversity. Baltimore’s proximity to the US capital, combined with its industrial past, presents the optimum viewpoint to investigate these challenges and draw parallels with cities across the world. (

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