50 Must Read Blogs and Resources for Architecture Majors
By Christina Laun
Architecture can be a challenging and sometimes stressful major, but
you can help yourself stay informed and get creative new ideas by
keeping on top of the news through the use of the Internet. With many
architects blogging, and loads of resources and information out there,
it can be well worth your time to check out at least a few blogs in
your free time or to help you with a project. Here’s a list of 50
blogs and helpful sites we think are great sources for architecture
These blogs cover a wide range of subjects and can be great reading
A Daily Dose of Architecture: Blogger John Hill, a New York City
resident and architecture student, posts his almost daily musings on
architecture from around the world.
anArchitecture: This blog is written by Austrian Christoph Wassmann
and contains a variety of links, news and commentary on the field of
BLDGBLOG: Written by Archinect team member, writer and editor for
DWELL magazine Geoff Manaugh, this blog contains posts on design,
architecture and landscape design.
a456: Here you’ll find a variety of thoughts, commentary and ideas on
design and architecture from Enrique Ramirez, a Ph.D. student in
History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton.
Archinect: While not a single blog in itself, this site brings
together architecture blogs from schools around the world in order to
create a more cohesive and collaborative field.
City of Sound: This blog covers a range of issues from music to
architecture. It’s written by a director at Monocle, Dan Hill, who
explores the relationship between form and function in the buildings
and cities we inhabit.
Inhabitat: Here you’ll find green and sustainable design news,
especially on issues related to architecture.
Interactive Architecture: Diploma thesis tutor Ruairi Glynn created
this blog as a place to collect ideas about how students at the
Bartlett School of Architecture and elsewhere can create architectural
installations that require interaction and activity.
Pruned: This blog is dedicated to showing how landscape forms a big
part of overall design, and the blog is written by landscape architect
Super Colossal: Based in Australia, this design firm’s blog covers
issues related to a range of design and architecture related topics.
Stay on the edge of the field of architecture with these news-filled
ArchNewsNow: This blog makes it easy to keep up with the latest and
greatest moves in the architecture world. You can read the blog or
sign up for the newsletter to get news delivered right to you.
Architecture Planet: This site aggregates news from sites all over the
Web that have to do with architecture. You can find a wide range of
stories, information and links to keep you busy.
Modern Architecture Design News: Find loads of pictures and news
stories about the latest in modern architecture on this blog.
Architecture Lab: This online magazine and news site provides access
to all kinds of new and up-to-date information on architecture.
Blogs By Architects
Check out these blogs by architects to see what other kind of work is
being done out there.
Architecture: This blogger is an architect in a big firm in Singapore,
and the blog focuses on new ideas and urban living, especially in
Singapore and surrounding areas.
Life Without Buildings: While the title of this blog may imply
otherwise, it’s actually all about architecture. You’ll find hundreds
of photos and commentary on modern buildings and postmodern design.
Architecture + Morality: Three bloggers, a civil engineer, an
architect and a pastor, use this blog as a forum to discuss a range of
social issues behind architecture.
Arkitec TRUE: Run by Long Beach architect Yelda Horozoglu, this blog
covers ideas on urban planning, design and architecture.
Continuity in Architecture: This blog is a teaching forum created by
architecture professors at the Manchester School of Architecture and
contains a scholarly perspective on architecture related themes.
Tessellar: The author of this blog, architect Mazlin Ghazali, resides
in Malaysia and describes his idea to create communities based on a
honeycomb based shape in order to create a better layout for
communities and housing.
The Architecture of Fear: This blog was created by George Agnew during
his time at Columbia University’s School of Architecture and explores
the ideas of how architecture functions with war, terror and fear.
Green Building Blogs
Green and sustainable building is a big part of architecture these
days, so learn all about it on these sites.
BLYGAD: The name of this blog, which stands for Blog Like You Give a
Damn, is written by Colin Kloecker for the Architecture for Humanity
in Minnesota. This organization is focused on creating sustainable
Earth Architecture: This blog is dedicated to buildings that have been
constructed from natural materials like dirt, mud and bricks.
Eco Tecture: Here you’ll find information that focuses on green build
projects in cities like Chicago, Brooklyn and London.
Treehugger: While this blog focuses on a number of issues related to
environmentalism, it contains a large section on green architecture
and design, which can be a great resource for those interested in the
cutting edge of green building.
greenbuildingsNYC: Check out the latest green buildings in NYC and
plans for new construction on this eco-focused blog.
Architecture Photography Blogs
These blogs focus on documenting architecture through photos and can
not only be a good read but great eye candy as well.
FotoFacade: Architectural photographer Andy Marshall shares his photos
in this extensive photography blog, with both new and old buildings
B.E.L.T: Standing for Build Environment in Layman’s Terms, this blog
contains photography and commentary by professional Toby Weiss.
URBANPHOTO: This blog contains photos from all over the world of urban
environments, buildings and people.
Bluejake: This amateur photographer shares his photos of New York
City, both of the architecture within it and the people who reside
there. New photos are posted regularly.
Chicago Uncommon: Here you’ll find photos from all over Chicago of the
buildings, gardens and more that make up its neighborhoods and
The Urban Observer: This blog not only offers regular photography but
commentary, observations and more that deal with the urban environment
in Chicago and cities all over.
Eye Candy: Blogger and architect Eric shares photos of buildings old
and new from all over, with the purpose of improving the level of
Offbeat Homes: Browse through photos of all kinds of unique homes in
this fun blog.
Landscape Architecture Blogs
Those more interested in the landscape around the buildings rather
than the buildings themselves can find some pertinent information on
landscape architecture in these blogs.
Aesthetic Grounds: Written by landscape architect and public artist
Glenn Weiss, this blog focuses on projects that get people involved
with their environments through art and design.
Free Soil: This blog’s purpose is to share ideas about landscape
design that work to create effective landscapes that work with their
natural settings to create sustainable and functional outdoor spaces.
Land + Living: Here you’ll find news on landscape design issues from
all over the world that focus on thoroughly modern design.
The Dirt: The American Society of Landscape Architects runs this blog
which shares news and views on ongoing projects and conceptions
throughout the nation.
Turned Earth: The blog of landscape design firm O’Connell Landscape,
this blog covers design, planting furniture and anything else that
forms part of an outdoor environment.
Reference and Publications
These sites provide reference material and access to online
publications on architecture.
Center for Universal Design: This group aims to make buildings
accessible to all people, even those with limiting disabilities.
Ensure your designs allow for all to enjoy them by giving this site a
ArtLex Dictionary of Visual Art: Find definitions of thousands of art
and architecture terms in this helpful reference tool.
TechStreet: If you want to build things you need to know what building
and safety codes you’ll need to comply with. This site provides an
easy place to find all the information you need on these and more.
Architectural Record: This publication from McGraw Hill shares news
and articles in this regularly updated online format.
Architype Review: Here you’ll find a forum to discuss architectural
typologies like schools, libraries, parking garages and more, and how
these types affect design. It can be a great place to look if you’re
trying to think outside of the box for new designs.
Buildings and Architects
Get some background on great buildings and famous architects from
Great Buildings: From country to country and throughout time, this
site covers the great buildings and is a great reference and
AGRAM: This site focuses on some of history’s most important
architects, providing background information and photos of their well-
ArchINFORM: Here you’ll find a huge online database of architects and
buildings which has been described as one of the most useful
architecture resources on the Internet.
High Rise Buildings Database: Love skyscrapers? You can read all about
them with information from this site.
National Register of Historic Places: Find out what buildings hold
historical significance in your city or anywhere in the United
Famous Architects: This site brings together a huge archive of
information on the world’s most famous and influential architects and
can be a great reference for a class project.