architecture
Jul 122 min read

Must Read Novels for All Architects!

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Team Kaarwan

As architects, we have a nearly endless succession of connections to make, from materials to geography to time, to people, to experiences and statements of our own beliefs, all coming together in the design of a space. Novels are therefore a great way to remind yourself of the creative possibilities that architecture holds, encouraging you to dream about what architecture could be; and what experiences could be.


These 7 novels each have their own qualities that could open up the architectural world and provide you with an enjoyable reading list in your time-off. Enjoy!


1. The Fountain Head, by Ayn Rand

In this book, Ayn Rand forces you to think deeply about communicating your beliefs on what is of importance in this world, through architecture.

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2. The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton

This book is an illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the connection between our identities and our locations.

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3. The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This book is known for looking beyond the world at first glance and reminding us of what’s important to people, relationships, and a healthy psyche

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4. The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy

This book pays intense attention to the smaller things in life, how they connect to bigger things, and understanding their deep relationship. The god of small things – Arundhati Roy novel.jpg

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5. The Aleph and Other Stories, by Jorge Luis Borges

This book twists reality but opens up to the potential evolution of our experiences and the perception of space, for unimaginable spaces.

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6. The Eyes of the Skin, by Juhani Pallasmaa

This book argues that the suppression of our sensory realms, other than sight, has led to the overall impoverishment of our built environment.

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7. The Poets of Space, by Gaston Bachelard

This book has been a muse to architects, writers, psychologists, philosophies, and readers to find a metaphor in the intimate spaces of our homes.

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Team Kaarwan

Team Kaarwan

Since we graduated from IIT Roorkee, we have been on a mission to democratize education through affordable online and offline workshops on industry-relevant skills, that help students gain better employability across the Indian subcontinent!