Welcome to the RIBA Bookshop at the RSUA

The RIBA bookshop is situated at the RSUA at 2 Mount Charles, Belfast,
BT7 1NZ.

The bookshop stocks a wide-range of building contracts and forms to the architecture, construction and design industries as well as a wide selection of recently published architectural books.

If a publication is not available in the shop our bookshop team will endeavour to source it.

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This Months Top 10 Books

  • Future Schools RIBA publishing Uniquely Future Schools not only provides design guidance on themes in schools architecture and a wealth of recent innovative projects drawn from the UK but also an understanding of the socio-political and economic context that any practice must work within when taking on a schools project. It balances beautiful visuals and innovative case studies with in-depth discussion of the thought processes and issues to consider in good school design.  Reflecting on ambitious projects during the BSF period of high investment and post-BSF creativity and innovation during austerity it considers the next phase of school design shaped by growing student numbers, diversity in project types and routes and the growing opportunities for smaller practices as work on existing buildings becomes more common.  

    Edited by an architect specialising in the schools sector and a leading educationalist and featuring contributions from a wealth of designers, clients and experts in school design this book aims to provide fresh ideas as well as experience and hard-earned knowledge from a variety of perspectives. Aimed at architects and designers working in the schools sector or hoping to break into it this guide will also inspire clients, end-users and educationalists who are commissioning and briefing refurbishments, extensions and new schools.
    £35.00 (Code 83982)

  • Interpreting Site: Studies in Perception, Representation, and DesignGenevieve S. BaudoinInterpreting Site explains the basic methods architects use to translate what you perceive to represent the complex conditions that physically and mentally "construe" a site, helping to shape the ultimate design. Within each of the four themes---defining site, experiencing site, spatializing site, and systematizing site--- theoretical, conceptual, and analytic methods and representational tools are introduced to give you a foundation to develop your own approach to the conditions of a site. Author Genevieve S. Baudoin examines longstanding representation methods in relation to emerging and experimental methods, offering an idiosyncratic and provocative look at different approaches. Four case studies of key contemporary projects in Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway, elaborate on the book's themes, illustrating how architects translate their perceptions of a site through the design process to the final building.
    £29.99 (code 85085)

  • Radical PedagogiesRIBA PublishingThe anticipated reduction in the duration of architecture education in the UK and across Europe has encouraged a sense of collective openness to exploring other models of professional education delivery. There's never been a better time to be thoughtfully innovative and take the initiative.This book provides a much needed debate about the future of architectural education, placing it within its unique historic tradition and raising questions as to where architecture schools should be situated, who should be teaching it and whether it should be treated as an interdisciplinary, rather than silo-based subject.This is not just a book for academics. It comprises voices from those who are doing as well as talking; students, recent graduates, practitioners, educators and developers, consolidating academic and well as practice-based evidence into a set of actionable insights which should question, provoke and inspire.
    £35.00 (code 83985)

  • Sustainable Architectural designKuppaswamy IyengarThis book is a guide to a sustainable design process that moves from theory, to site and energy use, to building systems, and finally to evaluation and case studies, so you can integrate design and technology for effective sustainable building. Kuppaswamy Iyengar shows you how to get it right the first time, use free energy systems, and utilise technologies that minimize fossil fuel use. Each chapter has a sustainable design overview, technical details and strategies marked by clear sections, a summary, and further resources. Heavily illustrated with charts, tables, drawings, photographs, and case studies, the book shows technologies and concepts integrated into cohesive project types, from small and large office spaces to single and multiuse residences, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and warehouses to demonstrate implementing your designs to meet clients' needs now and for the future.

    Includes an overview of alternate assessment and evaluation systems such as BREEAM, CASBEE, GBTool, Green Globes alongside LEED, ECOTECT, energy 10, HEED and eQuest simulation programs. The guide reveals the importance of the building envelope?walls, superstructure, insulation, windows, floors, roofs, and building materials?on the environmental impact of a building, and has a section on site systems examining site selection, landscape design, thermal impact, and building placement
    £39.99 (Code 85336)

  • Sustainable HousesJacobo KrauelSustainability is without a doubt the future of architecture. Driven by necessity, as well as by a progressive and daring spirit, many architects are branching out in uncharted directions, designing efficient, autonomous energy systems or taking advantage of the properties in high-tech materials such as steel and glass for conserving energy. This volume is a careful selection of new projects by emerging architects which provide an interesting panorama of languages and techniques applied to the rich and dynamic field of sustainable architecture. This is an invaluable and up-to-date resource on current sustainable design.
    £45.00 (code 84820)

  • CDM 2015: A Practical Guide for Architects and Designers Paul BusseyThis is the designer's essential guide to implementing the new CDM 2015 regulations. It provides both a straightforward overview of the key changes and new duty holders, including the Principal Designer, as well as full colour diagrams and annotated plans which demonstrate how to apply the principles in the real world. As the regulations come into force it aims to reassure those fearing a change in their obligations by outlining easy to use practical tools which will integrate the philosophy of the new regulations - of proportionate response, creative solutions and collaborative working - into day-to-day practice. It's designed as a concise and handy quick reference guide, easy to carry around on site or use at your desk, translating what can be dry and often impenetrable legislation into a set of simple, intuitive, design friendly and safe messages. Written by an architect with considerable industry experience in CDM, with intimate knowledge of the new regulations and years of practice in technical design enabling designers to integrate CDM without compromising their vision. It provides authoritative CDM support that tailored for the design professions, especially in the often misunderstood but essential area of aesthetics.

    This is a must-have for all designers and architects who will need to utilise the new regulations in their projects from April 2015 onwards as well as the contractors, clients and consultants who will need to understand and collaborate with them.
    £25.00 (code 84369)

  • Wood Interiors:  Innovation and DesignCarles Broto
    The architects and interior designers featured in this book share a fascination for the sensorial richness of wood. Innovative applications of timber materials together with meticulous detailing and execution have been central criteria in the selection of projects for this volume. Each of the projects is explained in the designers' own words and illustrated with a comprehensive set of design drawings and photographs. A superb compilation that will be of great inspiration to all who read it.
    £30.00 (Code 81629)

  • Zaha HadidPublished on the occasion of the exhibition at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, this catalogue chronologically overviews more than 20 notable works by the Iraqi-British architect, spanning the 1980s to the present, and from small-scale to the MAXXI. The fragmented geometry of her neofuturistic buildings carries into other aspects of her work, and a range of exemplary product design by Hadid from the past decade is also featured. Interviews from 1995 and 2007 allow critical insight regarding Hadids own reflections on global economic shifts and their impact on architectural practice over time. An essay by Patrick Schumacher examines the singular architects legacy in further detail.
    £22.00 (code 84607)

  • NEC3 Practical Solutions
    Robert Alan Gerrard and Stuart Kings This is a practitioners' view of common painful mistakes that are made by project teams using NEC3, with solutions and measures to avoid them, based on real and relevant case studies. Common painful mistakes that are made by project teams using NEC3, with solutions and measures to avoid them. Based on real and relevant case studies, this book presents practical advice in a succinct format, acting as a quick reference manual; based on the authors' experience of supporting NEC users on projects over the past 10 years and a collection of over 1000 FAQs. You can learn what happens when people use real, everyday language which isn't consistent with NEC language, or when people have failed to follow an NEC process and what they should do to get back on track, and much, much more
    £37.50  (82720)

  • Houses Now: Living StyleHouses Now: Living Style, the follow-up to the successful first edition, is a sophisticated, modern book that showcases an eclectic range of contemporary homes, designed by an impressive selection of architects. Honing in on interior spaces, and how these facilitate the owners lifestyles, Houses Now also explores the variety of materials used and the finer details of architectural design styles from across the globe from suburban masterpieces and sprawling country homes, to sleek city residences and breathtaking beach houses. These houses demonstrate that, when it comes to residential design, there are few limits.

Old Favourites

  • Architect's Job Book Ninth EditionRIBA PublishingThe RIBA Job Book is the Royal Institute of British Architects' long-established and recognised standard reference for running construction projects. This major new update fully reflects the new RIBA Plan of Work 2013 and contemporary working practice. It embraces themes of collaboration within the project team, better briefing, advances in information technology and BIM, and the continued importance of sustainability including valuable detail on a range of 'cradle to grave' processes in a building project.

    Applicable to all forms of procurement and to all sizes and types of project, the RIBA Job Book provides a systematic operational framework that is comprehensive in scope and easy-to-follow, and which examines step-by-step the key obligations of the architect or lead consultant.  Setting out all the actions to be undertaken throughout a project, it includes invaluable checklists, notes and practical guidance. Its straightforward, no-nonsense coverage will form the cornerstone of any construction project, or office quality management system, making it essential reading for anyone in architectural practice or, indeed, for students undertaking their Part 3 examinations.


  • Metric Handbook, Planning and Design Data - Fifth EditionEdited by: David LittlefieldFully updated in reference to the latest construction standards and new building types . Sustainable design fully integrated into each chapter . Over 100,000 copies sold to successive generations of architects and designers - this book truly belongs on every design office desk and drawing board.

    The Metric Handbook is the major handbook of planning and design data for architects and architecture students. Covering basic design data for all the major building types it is the ideal starting point for any project. For each building type, the book gives the basic design requirements and all the principal dimensional data, and succinct guidance on how to use the information and what regulations the designer needs to be aware of.

    As well as buildings The Metric Handbook deals with broader aspects of design such as materials, acoustics and lighting, and general design data on human dimensions and space requirements. The Metric Handbook really is the unique reference for solving everyday planning problems.

    £39.99 Stock Code: 74885

  • Law in Practice John WevillIntensely practical and clearly written, Law in Practice: the RIBA Legal Handbook is the RIBA's jargon-free, professional guide to the law as it relates to a construction project. It addresses all the fundamental issues of contemporary English construction law, allowing architects to make sound judgements, avoid disputes, and run projects on a safer basis.

    Why does an appointment need to be written? Why does language matter? What is a novation? What does an overall cap on liability mean, and how can you convince a client to agree one? How do you assess an extension of time? When should you notify your insurer of a potential claim? Law in Practice answers all of these questions and many more. Basic principles, high concepts and hard cases are worked through in plain English, step-by-step as they arise throughout a project, with key legal mechanisms illustrated as simple line drawings.

    Functioning both as a quick reference as well as an intelligent guide to complex issues, Law in Practice gives practicing architects and Part 3 students alike the tools to work through and argue issues of construction law for themselves, shedding light on potential pitfalls and pointing out wherever specialist advice is needed.

  • The Architect in Practice: Tenth EditionDavid Chappell, Andrew WillisThe Architect in Practice was first published in 1952. Originally written by a quantity surveyor and an architect it has remained, through its nine editions, a leading textbook used in the education of architects world-wide. While the format of the book has developed, the message and philosophy remains the same as the original: to provide the student of architecture and the young practitioner with a readable guide to the profession, outlining an architect's duties to client and contractor, the key aspects of running a building contract, and the essentials of management, finance and drawing office procedure.

    The tenth edition follows in that tradition. The authors, still an architect and a quantity surveyor, have brought the text fully up to date. Major revisions in this edition include:

    �Revised sections on Planning and the Building Regulations
    �Changes to the education of architects in the UK have been detailed
    �Discussion of the new ARB Architects Code: Standards of Professional Conduct and Practice which came into force in January 2010
    �The commentary on the RIBA Standard Form for the Appointment of an Architect 1999 (SFA/99) has been updated
    �The latest RIBA Standard Agreement 2010 (S-10-A) is now discussed
    �All references to JCT contracts have been updated to refer to the latest revisions of the 2005 suite of contracts
    �Now also includes reference to education, registration and CPD requirements of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
    The tenth edition of The Architect in Practice will continue to provide the guidance and advice all students and practising architects need in the course of their studies and in their profession.

    £45.95 Stock Code: 72679

Recommended Reading for Students

  • Constructing ArchitectureAndrea DeplazesThis internationally prizewinning volume now appears in its second, revised and expanded edition. Since the first edition was published in 2005, it has been adopted as a textbook at many universities. Neatly organised into comprehensive sections on materials, elements, structures, components and buildings, it is regarded as one of the best textbooks in the field of architecture and city planning.

    The new material includes a section on translucent materials and an article on the use of glass. The chapter on building elements now includes a discussion of facades, and the chapter on structures has been expanded to cover principles of space creation. The examples section now includes extensive documentation of current projects whose systematic character is oriented around the production process.

    Experience with the preceding edition has shown that the book has become an indispensable handbook for reference and reading not only for students and teachers but for architects too. It is also available in paperback.

    It provides a valuable bridge between education and practice, between student and architect, and will be an inspiration to all - jury for the RIBA Bookshops International Book Award

  • From Commission to ConstructionJennifer HudsonArchitecture: From Commission to Construction offers both students and professional architects an inspiring and informative overview of how today's major architectural projects are designed and built. The book provides an in-depth study of the creative and construction processes behind 25 leading contemporary buildings, illustrating the working methods and creative concerns of both long-established and emerging international architects.
    With 840 illustrations

  • Compositions in ArchitectureDon HanlonCompositions in Architecture gives students and young designers a method for architectural composition to solve problems and organise ideas. Connecting architectural theory with the design process, this book succeeds in relating what happens in the design studio with how the designer thinks about architecture.

    In addition to explaining ideas about architectural composition, concepts embedded in diverse intellectual traditions and cultures are presented. By making analogies between architectural ideas throughout the world and through the ages, the formal structures in architecture are revealed. This inspiring introduction to architecture will allow users think in new ways to solve problems.

  • Studio Craft and Technique: Architectural Student's Handbook
    Sarah A Lappin, Miriam Delaney and Anne GormanStudio Craft & Technique is a one-stop handbook for undergraduate students of architecture. Based on the belief that technology is at the heart of design studies, this book encourages students to think of design and technology as an integrated whole.

    We provide step-by-step techniques for skills that students use in their undergraduate studies, such as drawing, model making and surveying and explain the conventions of architectural representation. The book also explains the primary elements of construction and structure from first principles, using clear diagrams and drawings. Students will use this handbook on a daily basis in their design and technology studios through their first years of study.

    Studio Craft & Technique has been recommended to first year students by The Bartlett School of Architecture.

  • Architect's Legal Handbook: 9th editionAnthony Speaight and Gregory StoneArchitect's Legal Handbook is the most widely used reference on the law for architects in practice, and the established leading textbook on law for architectural students.

    The ninth edition includes all the latest development in the law that affect an architect's work, and comprehensive coverage of relevant UK law topics. Most significantly, the chapter on the JCT contracts has been completely revised to cover the 2005 update.

    �Contributions by the foremost legal and architectural experts in the UK
    �Full coverage of the JCT 2005 update
    �New chapter on procurement
    �Selected bibliography provides useful references to further reading
    �Tables of Cases, Statutes and Statutory Instruments provide full referencing for cited cases
    Architect's Legal Handbook is the essential legal reference work for all architects and students of architecture.

  • Analysing Architecture
    Simon Unwin
    Clear and accessible,Analysing Architectureopens a fresh way to understanding architecture. It offers a unique 'notebook' of architectural strategies to present an engaging introduction to elements and concepts in architectural design. Since its first edition appeared in 1997, Analysing Architecture has established itself internationally as one of the key texts in architectural education.

    In Analysing Architecture, Simon Unwin clearly identifies the key elements of architecture and conceptual themes apparent in buildings and relevant to other works of architecture such as gardens and cities. He describes ideas for use in the active process of design. Breaking down the grammar of architecture into themes and 'moves', Unwin exposes its underlying patterns to reveal the organisational strategies that lie beneath the superficial appearances of buildings. Exploring buildings as results of the interaction of people with the world around them, Analysing Architecture offers a definition of architecture as 'identification of place' and provides a greater understanding of architecture as a creative discipline.

    Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author's original drawings, examples are drawn from across the world and many periods of architectural history to illustrate analytical themes and to show how drawing can be used to study architecture. This book presents a powerful impetus for readers to develop their own capacities for architectural design.

    £25.99 Stock Code: 67331