Welcome to the RIBA Bookshop at the RSUA
The RIBA bookshop is situated in the newly refurbished premises at the RSUA at 2 Mount Charles, Belfast,
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.
Please come and visit our bookshop and browse our wide range of publications in a relaxed and friendly environment, where our staff are always on hand to help with any queries you may have.
If you would like to open an account and receive up to 30 days credit and an easy-order service, please contact Julia for more information.
By ordering with the RSUA directly, you are supporting our work in architecture throughout Northern Ireland.
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 09.00-16.30hrs
EASTER HOLIDAYS - The Shop will be closed Friday 29 March - Tuesday 2nd April.
Tel: 028 90323760
This Months Top 10 Books
101 Rules of Thumb for Low Energy ArchitectsThis handy pocket book brings together a wealth of useful information that architects need on a daily basis - on site or in the studio.
The book provides guidance on a range of tasks, from complying with the Building Regulations, including the recent revisions to Part L, to helping with planning, use of materials and detailing.
Compact and easy to use, the Architect's Pocket Book has sold well over 65,000 copies to the nation's architects, architecture students, designers and construction professionals who do not have an architectural background but need to understand the basics, fast.
This is the famous little blue book that you can't afford to be without.
Design for Climate ChangeClimate change is a pressing concern for the construction sector. Building designers are already on the front line of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid catastrophic climate change, meeting increasingly tough standards and regulations on new developments and refurbishments.
Now they must rise to a parallel challenge: helping society adapt to a climate that is already changing, and which will to continue to change for many years to come. Our built environment, and the way buildings are designed, constructed and managed, has evolved in response to a climate that has been broadly consistent for hundreds of years. That climate is changing at an unprecedented rate and, within a generation, our buildings may have to cope under very different conditions.
� How will today's buildings perform in hotter summers and with more frequent storms, floods and droughts?
� How can designs be future-proofed and existing buildings preserved, and at what cost? � How should designers, contractors and suppliers adapt their skills and services to seize the initiative - and a important business opportunity?
� And how can they communicate the challenges and potential solutions to their clients?
Tailored to architects and other building designers, Design for Climate Change answers these questions and more. Drawing on the lessons from the first 26 real-world projects funded by the Technology Strategy Board to investigate approaches to adaptation, it is packed with invaluable insights, practical advice and clear, concise explanations, brought to life throughout the book with graphics and images.
Good Practice Guide: Assessing Loss and ExpenseAssessing Loss and Expense explains to architects and other construction industry professionals in accessible language how to assess the quantum value of loss and expense claims arising from projects.
The book allows architects, assessors and others to understand the principles of evaluation themselves so that they can undertake assessments safely, spending as little time on them as possible - leaving more time for the project at hand.
In a market which is seeing an ever-increasing number of claims, this guide shows that architects and others need not become nervous or fearful when they receive a claim. It guides them calmly through what they need to do, demystifying the process and showing modern court-tested techniques, explaining what adjudicators/judges expect from the claimant.
The book also describes the nuances of loss and expense in other countries (ME, Far East, Africa) and any effect this may have on assessment
A House in the CityWhat makes a great house in the city? This title examines what has worked well in some of the most successful housing types throughout the world - from old to new, high rise to low rise, innovative to conventional. Authors Robert Dalziel and Sheila Qureshi critically examine what they believe are the most significant elements of urban housing design: adaptability and flexibility, construction and sustainability, space and light, appearance and threshold, and density and urban form.
A House in the City concludes by proposing a pioneering approach to the town house: incorporating insights from these most important elements of urban housing, culminating in an aesthetically-pleasing family home that can adapt to changing needs.
Illustrated with aerial views, plans, sections and photographs, A House in the City will be of use to all who strive to deliver high quality urban housing for the 21st century, including architects, planners and developers.
Good Practice Guide: Negotiating the Planning MazeAimed not only at architects and developers, this fully updated new edition of this popular RIBA Good Practice Guide offers concise and accessible practical guidance to the many other construction professionals, private individuals and interest groups who struggle to find their way around the complex and expanding planning maze in England and Wales. It explains how to deal effectively with - and avoid the pitfalls of - the recently revised plan-making regime and the planning application process, and how to keep abreast with further expected changes in planning law and practice.
£19.95 Stock Code: 69963
Good Practice Guide: Fee Management - 2nd editionFee Management is a straightforward professional guide for architects about calculating and negotiating fees to maximise profits. The advice puts equal emphasis on good administrative procedures and on the softer skills of negotiation and selling the architect's unique ability to add value to construction projects.
Packed with worked examples and comprehensive in its coverage, it explores how to evaluate costs, explains the anatomy of a fee offer, and advises on getting paid. Outlining the essential management tools for keeping track of the whole process, this easy-to-read guide also explains the ins-and-outs of cash flow, accounting and the jargon behind VAT, and sets out the 'Golden rules for a healthy fee regime'.
£19.95 Stock Code: 77138
A Guide to Letter Contracts for very small projects, surveys and reports: Third edition
On very small projects, many architects prefer to make the contract with their client by means of a letter rather than a Standard Form of Appointment. However, as this guide points out, there are inherent risks for both the client and the architect in doing so.
This fully updated third edition presents the safest and most up-to-date way to word a letter contract for very small projects.
£18.95 Stock Code: 77926
Construction and Design Manual: Medical Facilities and Health Care
This new addition to the hugely successful Construction and Design Manual series looks at building typologies in the field of public health. It is an essential work of reference and covers the entire spectrum of interior architecture in consultancies, pharmacies and other medical facilities. Photographs, scale plans and sketches illustrate 50 projects, which are described and analysed in detail. Background essays shed light on such topics as interior design strategies, medical history and building costs. Sample floor plans and planning aids for architects working in the medical field round off this beautifully designed book.
£65 Stock Code: 75628
Construction and Design Manual: Pharmacies
In recent years the nature of the pharmacy trade has undergone a profound transformation and the majority of these establishments now provide a wide range of health services, including off-the-shelf medicines for minor ailments, prophylactic products and such lifestyle items as cosmetics and health foods.
These developments are reflected in modern designs for pharmacy buildings. The homely feel of the past has largely vanished - modern stores are still welcoming but in a more efficient, commercial and brightly lit way. This book presents a variety of such projects, comprehensively illustrated with over 300 photos and plans. There are also experts' thoughts on such topics as interior architecture, building expenses and the basics of planning laws as applied to these buildings.
£60.65 Stock Code: 63986
Sustainable Buildings: The Client's Role
Prepared by the RIBA, this straightforward guide is for clients wishing to build a sustainable building. It will help them to make the best use of available professional advice and knowledge and to communicate your vision to the design team. Along the way, it outlines why sustainability matters in building projects, how it can serve clients' wider objectives and, most importantly, their vital role in achieving it.
Regardless of how experienced the client is or what kind of sustainable building is being built - a refurbishment, a major remodelling or a new build - the principles set out here will help to get the project off on the right footing and see it through to a building that meets the brief.
Structured in two main parts, Section 1 explains what you need to understand about current legislation and targets that affect your project. Section 2 alerts you to what you need to think about at each stage.
£10 Stock Code: 74295
Architect's Job Book Eighth Edition"Whatever the stage of your career, the Architect's Job Book will provide an accessible and vital knowledge resource for contemporary architectural practice."
From the foreword by Sunand Prasad, RIBA President
The Architect's Job Book is the Royal Institute of British Architects' long-established and recognised standard reference work for running architectural jobs and administering construction contracts. Providing a systematic operational framework that can be applied to any building type or procurement method, its comprehensive scope is logically laid out along the RIBA's Outline Plan of Work 2007.
The new Eighth Edition has been completely updated to reflect current practice and substantially reformatted to make it easier to use for today's practising architect. Now supported by a companion website, the book examines the architect's key obligations and actions to be undertaken at every work stage set out as a series of checklists. The guidance is amplified by useful notes as well as references to supplementary guidance material at the end of every chapter.
In all, the Architect's Job Book's straightforward, no-nonsense coverage is invaluable and will form the cornerstone of an office quality management system, making it essential reading for anyone in architectural practice or, indeed, for students undertaking their Part 3 examinations
£60.00 Stock Code: 61857
Metric Handbook, Planning and Design Data - Fourth EditionFully 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.
£34.99 Stock Code: 74885
Plan of Work, Multi-Disciplinary ServicesPlan of Work: Multi-Disciplinary Services is the new edition of the guide to the RIBA Outline Plan of Work 2007, the de facto standard project framework used by the construction industry. Now updated to reflect current procurement practice and the consequences of better risk management, this guide describes how the different parties in the contemporary multi-disciplinary team can work together effectively to complete work stages.
It considers the Client's role and identifies the parties to the multi-disciplinary team as the Lead Consultant, CDM Co-ordinator, Cost Consultant, Design Leader, Architect, Structural Engineer and Services Engineer. Set out in a series of easy-to-use tables, the multi-disciplinary team's typical responsibilities and tasks are outlined in Part 1 along the standard or Model procurement route. Similar tables outline variant activity schedules for design and build contracts for, in Part 2, the Client's team preparing Employer's Requirements and, in Part 3, the contractors' designers preparing Contractor's Proposals. Part 4 includes simple but nonetheless vitally important new schedules for initial occupation services and post-occupation evaluation - work stages L2 and L3.
In effect, these tables comprise a comprehensive set of services schedules which may be used safely to define each consultant's responsibilities in their respective appointment documents and ensure that no activity responsibility is overlooked.
£42.00 Stock Code: 61856
The Architect in Practice: Tenth EditionThe 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.
£39.99 Stock Code: 72679
Recommended Reading for Students
Constructing ArchitectureThis 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 ConstructionArchitecture: 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 ArchitectureCompositions 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
Studio 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 editionArchitect'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.
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