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.

Recommended Reading: Winter Edition

Architecture Books

The path to becoming an architect is a long one and it helps to have some guidance. These books offer key lessons for people entering architecture school and for professionals at any level in their career.

Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession Third Edition by Roger K Lewis — The first edition of Architect?, published in 1985, quickly became known as the best basic guide to the architectural profession. More than a decade later, it is a standard text for introductory courses on architecture and recommended reading on the application forms of many schools of architecture.

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick — 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 and make concrete what too often is left nebulous and open-ended in the architecture curriculum.

How to Architect by Doug Patt — How to Architect is a book to guide you on the road to architecture. If you are just starting on that journey or thinking about becoming an architect, it is a place to begin. If you are already an architect and want to remind yourself of what drew you to the profession, it is a book of affirmation. And if you are just curious about what goes into the design and construction of buildings, this book tells you how architects think.

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Take a look at new arrivals about Baltimore—perfect gifts for the holidays!

The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology: Space, Scale, and Time for the Study of Cities by J. Morgan Grove et al. – This important book draws on two decades of pioneering social and ecological studies in Baltimore to propose a new way to think about cities and their social, political, and ecological complexity that will apply in many different parts of the world. Readers will gain fresh perspectives on how to study, build, and manage cities in innovative and sustainable ways.

Small Town Baltimore: An Album of Memories by Gilbert Sandler – This “album of memories” introduces the reader to the people and places―neighborhoods, restaurants, department stores, parks, hotels, night clubs, racetracks, and theaters―that once put the charm in Charm City. Sandler recalls the events that shaped life here, from strikes and demonstrations to baseball games and parades.

Baltimore Neighborhoods by Marsha Wight Wise – This volume of vintage postcards provides unique glimpses into the past of many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Included are the elegant homes of Roland Park, Guildford, and Sherwood Gardens; the workingman’s Highlandtown, South Baltimore, and Locust Point; the streetcar suburbs of Mount Washington, Overlea, Ten Hills, and Hunting Ridge; and the city park-anchored communities of Patterson Park, Federal Hill, and Gwynns Falls. Readers will find no two communities alike.

Now Available at the Architects Bookstore: Architecture / Baltimore

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Now Available: A signed limited-edition box set of 20 high quality prints of Doors Open Baltimore photography

Fans of Doors Open Baltimore may have noticed the beautiful photography of participating buildings by Brian Miller and Vivian Doering. Brian and Vivian selected 20 of their best photos to be included in a portfolio of high quality prints, available for purchase at the Architects Bookstore.

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Portfolio sales will go to support Doors Open Baltimore. A perfect gift for the holidays! The AIABaltimore Architects Bookstore is open 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday, and will be open 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 25 for Small Business Saturday.

Now Available: AIA Baltimore | BAF Journals

Start the new year with a new journal. These embossed journals are made from a refined ultrahyde material that looks and feels like leather and include 160 pages of paper. An accordian-style interior pocket provides storage for loose sheets and an elastic strap closure and ribbon bookmark allow you to protect your pages and flip to where you left off.

Size: 8-3/8″ x 5-1/2″.

Current Exhibition: 2017 AIABaltimore Excellence in Design Awards Exhibit at Architects Bookstore

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View boards of winning projects from the 2017 AIABaltimore Excellence in Design Awards at the Architects Bookstore.

The AIABaltimore Excellence in Design Awards recognized the best of Baltimore-based design. Winning projects can also be seen on our website. After leaving the bookstore, the exhibit will travel to locations across Baltimore.

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.

View Past Exhibitions


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