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 – Bees in the City

Bees in the City

On view October 17 – December 22

Bees play a major role in sustaining the environment—seventy-five percent of the world’s top 100 food crops rely on pollination from bees and other insects. Our food supply, parks, and the plants in your garden all depend on bees.  How is it our world is so dependent on these tiny creatures and we know so little about them?  Bees in the City covers two types of bees:  honey bees who live in hives, and, native bees, representing about 80% of bee species, many of whom live completely solitary.

In addition to learning about bees, the exhibition discusses how several world-famous architects have incorporated bee-inspired designs into their major works.  Finally, bees can also help us understand the modern design theory called biophilia, which reminds us that despite our preference to organize ourselves in cities, human beings need a connection to nature.  There is no stronger example of this than our centuries old relationship with bees.


Organized by AIA|DC for the SIGAL Gallery.

Graphic Design by Jennifer Byrne, Live. Create. Play. LLC

Made possible with generous support from ABC Imaging. Exhibition designed and modeled in ArchiCAD19, courtesy of Graphisoft.

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.

View Past Exhibitions

Recommended Reading – Fall Edition

book recommendations

Fall has arrived. Time to break out the sweater and tweed jacket and make your way over to the AIABaltimore/BAF Architects Bookstore to check out new arrivals.

Baltimore’s Alley Houses: Homes for Working People Since the 1780s, Mary Ellen Hayward – This pioneering study explains how one of America’s important early cities responded to the challenge of housing its poorer citizens. Where and how did the working poor live? How did builders and developers provide reasonably priced housing for lower-income groups during the city’s growth? –Johns Hopkins University Press.

Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters, Amy Davis – In Flickering Treasures, Amy Davis, an award-winning photojournalist for the Baltimore Sun, pairs vintage black-and-white images of opulent downtown movie palaces and modest neighborhood theaters with her own contemporary full-color photographs, inviting us to imagine Charm City’s past as we confront today’s neglected urban landscape. Punctuated by engaging stories and interviews with local moviegoers, theater owners, ushers, and cashiers, plus commentary from celebrated Baltimore filmmakers Barry Levinson and John Waters, the book brings each theater and decade vividly to life. –Johns Hopkins University Press

Baltimore: A Political History, Matthew Crenson – Matthew A. Crenson, a distinguished political scientist and Baltimore native, examines the role of politics and race throughout Baltimore’s history. From its founding in 1729 up through the recent past, Crenson follows Baltimore’s political evolution from an empty expanse of marsh and hills to a complicated city with distinct ways of doing business. Revealing how residents at large engage (and disengage) with one another across an expansive agenda of issues and conflicts, Crenson shows how politics helped form this complex city’s personality. –Johns Hopkins University Press

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