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RIAI Bookshop

RIAI Bookshop LogoThe RIAI Bookshop at 8 Merrion Square is the largest stockist of architectural publications in Ireland.

The RIAI Bookshop is the only supplier of RIAI documentation, many of which are essential to architects, clients and contractors.

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm (Monday – Friday)

If you have any bookshop queries, please contact Brona King Tel: 01 676 1703.

To order items that are not available online, please send your request in writing by email: bking@riai.ie

Top selling book titles:


House+Design – Issue 04

RIAI’s house + design is Ireland’s only magazine for architect-designed homes.  house+design objective is to provide you with inspiration and advice for your building or home renovation project.

PRICE : €4.75


Architecture Ireland – Issue 307

Architecture Ireland is the RIAI's official journal and the leading architectural magazine for Irish architecture. The magazine is published six times per annum and its objective is to give the widest possible coverage to both Irish architecture and to Irish architects as well as keeping the professional informed with up-to-date information on the activities of the Institute and architecture.

Please contact bking@riai.ie for the current stock of back issues.

PRICE : €9.60


RIAI Annual Review, Vol. 8

The Annual Review showcases the best of Irish architecture both home and abroad and offers a wide-ranging view of Irish architecture, while exploring topical issues of our time through essays and interviews. Alongside these essays and interviews, the RIAI Annual Review features 18 award-winning buildings – from clever house extensions to magnificent restoration projects.

PRICE : €30.00


‘Swiss Sensibility: The Culture of Architecture in Switzerland’ by Anna Ross

The book presents 25 buildings in Switzerland designed by 16 influential Swiss architects. It analyses the Swiss building culture and its high architectural quality from an insider's and an outsider's point of view.

PRICE : €62.00


‘Social Housing’ by Paul Karakusevic & Abigail Batchelor

Across Europe a new generation of practices are transforming social housing. Responding to continued high demand, changing clients and new funding methods, architects are once again addressing how homes are delivered at scale, achieving high standards of design and a new focus on city making.

PRICE : €47.25


‘Floor Plan Manual, Non-profit housing’ by

This imposing, densely packed volume features no less than 62 architectural competitions and 570 project proposals. Not just a compilation of floor plans from award-winning residential projects in Zurich between 1999 and 2015, it also documents a wide range of innovative floor plan types.

PRICE: €62.50


‘The Housing Design Handbook, 2nd Edition’ by David Levitt and Jo McCafferty

This book sets out design principles for all the essential components of successful housing design – including placemaking, typologies and density, internal and external space, privacy, security, tenure, and community engagement – illustrated with case studies of schemes by architecture practices working across the UK and continental Europe.

PRICE : €46.00



‘Project Interrupted’ by Barber, Brown, Macintosh, Moussavi & Mann

At a moment when Britain is finally beginning to confront the enormity of its housing crisis, Project Interrupted asks what we can learn from the experiences of a previous generation and hears from some of the most ambitious architects working in the field of housing today about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

PRICE : €20.50


‘Cook’s Camden - The Making of Modern Housing’ by Mark Swenarton

The Camden projects represented a new type of urban housing based on a return to streets with front doors. In place of tower blocks, the Camden architects showed how the required densities could be achieved without building high, creating a new kind of urbanism that integrated with, rather than broke from, its cultural and physical context.

PRICE : €51.00


'Housing, Architecture and the Edge Condition' by Ellen Rowley

This book presents an architectural overview of Dublin’s mass-housing building boom from the 1930s to the 1970s. During this period, Dublin Corporation built tens of thousands of two-storey houses, developing whole communities from virgin sites and green fields at the city’s edge, while tentatively building four-storey flat blocks in the city centre.

PRICE : €128.00


‘More than concrete blocks' Series by Ellen Rowley

More than concrete blocks: Dublin City’s twentieth-century buildings is a three-volume series of architectural history books which are richly illustrated and written for the general reader.

Vol. 1 1900-40, €24.95
Vol. 2 1940-72, , €24.95
Vol. 3 yet to be published


101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

'Space for Architecture - the work of O Donnell + Tuomey' by O’ Donnell +Tuomey

The Dublin-based practice, O Donnell + Tuomey Architects have been involved with urban design, educational and cultural buildings, houses and housing projects. They look at the way in which different geographical, social and political influences have shaped their latest works and approach to architecture generally.

PRICE : €40.00



‘Make the Home you Love’ by Fiona McPhillips

This book will be a practical step-by-step guide to home building, renovation and extension in Ireland, taking the reader from the design stage, through the planning process to building, decorating and finishing touches. The balance of personal stories and professional advice makes this an accessible and inspiring guide to renovation.

*Top selling title for Domestic Work in RIAI Bookshop*

PRICE : €24.99


The Thinking Hand

'Multi-Unit Housing in Urban Cities' by Katy Chey

This book investigates the development of multi-unit housing typologies that were predominant in a particular city from the 1800s to present day. It emphasises the importance of understanding the direct connection between housing and dwelling in the context of a city, and the manner in which the city is an instructional indication of how a housing typology is embodied.

PRICE : €34.50


AAI Awards 2010

‘British + Irish Modern, New Houses and Old Houses Made New’ Edited by Hannah Jenkins

Many of the new houses featured in British + Irish Modern reflect the architect's focus on redefining local expectations for form by beautifully juxtaposing the traditional with contemporary structures, thus forging a new vernacular. Architects across this region are wholeheartedly seeking opportunities to re-use existing structures in myriad ways, resulting in surprising and remarkably unique renditions of old houses and buildings made new.

PRICE : €42.95


AAI Awards 2010

'Carlo Scarpa and Castelvecchio Revisited' by Richard Murphy

Carlo Scarpa worked on the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona intermittently between 1957 and 1975. It is perhaps his most important project. His work there draws on all his remarkable skills. It demonstrates how to work creatively within a building which already possesses a complex history.

PRICE : €80.50


Detail in Contemporary Landscape Achitecture

‘New Design for Old Buildings’ by Iain Boyd and Roger Hunt

Building on the experience of professionals in the historic environment, the authors explore the approach, the design process, the material palette and technical considerations in creating enduring, sustainable buildings. It has never been more important to understand how old buildings can be adapted to make them useful and sustainable in the future.

PRICE : €45.00


'Landscape Architecture' by Meaghan Kombol

This book captures the essence of how the world is designed around us. A global and influential group of landscape architects will divulge fascinating details about their work - including their inspirations and design processes - as well as debate the key issues for landscape architects today and in the future. This up-to-date overview of contemporary landscape architecture offers students, practitioners and enthusiasts an inspiring and insightful look at global landscape architecture today with a diverse range of projects, demonstrating both the importance and creativity of landscape architecture.

PRICE : €59.95


'The Building Site in Eighteenth-Century Ireland' by Arthur Gibney

This study by the late Arthur Gibney takes you among labourers, craftspeople, contractors, builders and designers as they populate the building sites of eighteenth-century Ireland. Gibney tells a story that has never been told so comprehensively before.

PRICE: € 35.00




'101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School' by Matthew Frederick

Providing provocative, practical lessons on urban space, street types, and pedestrian experience, managing the design process, the psychological, social, cultural, and economic ramifications of physical design decisions, and more.

PRICE : €16.00


'Where Are the Women Architects?' (Places Books) by Despina Stratigakos

‘Where Are the Women Architects?’ tells the story of women's stagnating numbers in a profession that remains a male citadel, and explores how a new generation of activists is fighting back, grabbing headlines, and building coalitions that promise to bring about change.

PRICE : €17.00


'Grafton Architects' by Robert McCarter

Dublin-based Grafton Architects (founded by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara in 1978) has built up an impressive body of work over its 40-year history, ranging from houses in Ireland to public buildings in Italy, France, the UK, and Peru. In this long-overdue study, respected architectural writer and critic Robert McCarter presents 60 of Grafton's built and unbuilt projects.

PRICE : €69.95


‘Twelve Halls’ by Niall McLaughlin

Twelve Halls is a collection of built and unbuilt projects by the practice, published on the occasion of our contribution to the Venice Biennale. The book, describes twelve simple spaces designed for gathering, each one with a ritual at its heart. They are rooms for dining, storytelling, music, drama, religious rituals and playing sports. Each project is accompanied by an essay by Niall McLaughlin, and includes drawings, photographs and images.

PRICE : €40.00


‘A Gendered Profession’ by Benedict Brown, Harriss, Morrow, Soane

The issue of gender inequality in architecture has been part of the profession’s discourse for many years, yet the continuing gender imbalance in architectural education and practice remains a difficult subject. It provides the first ever attempt to move the debate about gender in architecture beyond the tradition of gender-segregated diagnostic or critical discourse on the debate towards something more propositional, actionable and transformative.

PRICE : €42.50



'Prefab Housing and the Future of Building' by Mathew Aitchison

This book provides a timely overview of prefabricated and modular housing. Richly illustrated and drawing on historical examples and contemporary design studies, the book takes the reader through the history, theory and design of the prefab, leading up to a discussion of contemporary problems and opportunities.

PRICE : €52.00


'A Feeling of History' Paperback by Peter Zumthor, Mari Lending

This small, beautifully designed book records the conversation between Zumthor and Lending, accompanied by photographs taken by the renowned Swiss architectural photographer Hélène Binet. The resulting book is a surprisingly revelatory view of one of the most interesting and restlessly creative architects of our era.

PRICE : €31.00


‘A Dublin Fairytale’ by Nicola Colton

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Fiona who lived in Dublin. But Dublin is full of colourful characters and creatures from the fairytale realm. Often not seen or heard, they reside in some of Dublin’s most famous locations and landmarks!

PRICE : €12.99








‘The House That Flew Away’ by Davide Cali & Catarina Sobral

This story is about that rare phenomenon: a house that takes a notion to take off. There isn’t an easy solution to such an unusual event. Where do you start when your house flies away? The fire department? The police? The civil aviation department? Not easy at all. Still, every cloud has a silver lining, as this owner discovers when his house comes back down to earth.

PRICE : €11.95



‘Young Frank, Architect’ by Frank Viva

A young architect named Frank and his grandfather Old Frank, also an architect, have different ideas about being an architect, but when they take their dog Eddie on a trip to the Museum of Modern Art, they both learn something.

PRICE : €13.00