Featured Bookshop Publications

RIAI Annual Review VOL 9


The ninth volume of the RIAI Annual Review looks closely at interventions in Irish cities and towns, designed to make them great places to live, work, learn and for enjoyment. Also exploring the ongoing success of Irish architects in delivering projects globally and mark the recent renovations to Eileen Gray’s landmark home E1027 and the 30th anniversary of Group 91.

Old House, New Home – RIAI


Old House New Home includes a wealth of case study projects by RIAI Registered Architects, from beautifully restored homes in urban and suburban settings, including examples of ‘living above the shop’, to the adaptation of farmhouses, outbuildings, schools and military buildings.

RIAI house + design Issue 7


house + design is a consumer magazine published annually by the RIAI and Architecture Ireland Publishing Ltd. It includes features on new builds, extensions, renovations, and garden design. It's available in newsagents nationwide and the RIAI Bookshop. house + design is Ireland’s only dedicated magazine for architect-designed homes and interiors.

Dublin by Design

Edited by Noel Brady & Dr.Sandra O’Connell


Marking one hundred years since the city's trajectory shifted as it emerged as the capital of a newly minted free state, the contributors reveal some of the layers of this complex tapestry that provide the back story to its iconic structures, streets and spaces.

New Release

Change Is The Reality: The Work of Robin Walker Architect

Price: €35.00

This book explores the ethos and ideas of Irish architect Robin Walker (1924-1991), a partner in the RIBA Gold Medal winning Dublin practice of Scott Tallon Walker. Produced in concert with Walker's son the architect and teacher Simon Walker, Change is the Reality is an archive of Robin's articles and lectures, presented alongside new and original photographs of a number of his seminal projects, including Bothar Bui, An Bord Failte, UCD restaurant, house at Kinsale, etc. The book also includes essays by Simon Walker and Patrick Lynch, Elizabeth Hatz and Laura Evans. 

New Release

Studio Craft & Technique for Architects – Second Edition

Miriam Delaney & Anne Gorman 

Price: €30.00

Studio Craft & Technique for Architects – Second Edition - is a one-stop handbook for architecture students. It provides step-by-step techniques for perfecting the vital skills of drawing, model making and surveying. It is a primer on the conventions of architectural representation and the use of materials. It also explains the primary elements of construction and structure from first principles, using clear diagrams and drawings. 

Approximate Formality 

Valerie Mulvin 


Approximate Formality by Valerie Mulvin is all about towns and town plans around Ireland, from the earliest time in the history of the Irish state to the famine, how the towns came into existence. In conducting research for this book, the author has found that the landscape of Ireland has changed significantly with people opting to move away from cities and into smaller towns and villages around the country in search of a quieter life. 

Floor Plan Manual – Not for Profit Housing

Amt für Hochbauten Stadt Zürich


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,

New Nordic Houses 

Dominic Bradbury 


Dominic Bradbury delves into modern Scandinavian design which marries up with the majestic and serene landscapes that this region has to offer. This book offers the reader a glimpse inside some of the most picturesque locations that the Nordic regions have to offer.

The Dublin Architecture Guide 1937- 2021

Paul Kelly
Cormac Murray
Brendan Spierin 

Price: €25.00

The Dublin Architecture Guide 1937- 2021 takes a look at the historical buildings around Dublin such as Trinity College, the Docklands and other parts of the city including Ballyfermot, Dun Laoghaire and delves in the in past, present and future of the Dublin skyline. 


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The Dignity of Everyday Life – Celebrating Michael Scott’s Busáras

Eoin Ó Broin & Mal McCann

Price: €35.00

Michael Scott’s Áras Mhic Dhiarrmada and Busáras is one of the most important modernist buildings not just in Dublin, but the country of Ireland. Built between 1947 and 1953, the building was ahead of its time in terms of its look and as a result has withstood the test of time as its design remains relevant to this day and is still looked upon as one of the classic architectural structures that makes up the Dublin city landscape. 

A Dictionary Of Colour Combinations Seigensha

Price: €24.50

Sanzo Wada (1883-1967) was an artist, teacher, and costume and kimono designer during a turbulent time in avant-garde Japanese art and cinema. Wada was ahead of his time in developing traditional and Western influenced colour combinations, helping to lay the foundations for contemporary colour research. Based on his original 6-volume work from the 1930s, this book offers 348 colour combinations, as attractive and sensuous as the books own design

Sigurd Lewerentz, architect

Price: €58.50

Architect is a reprint of the first ever monograph on his work, originally published in English 1987 and long out of print. It tells the story of Lewerentz's life and presents his entire work in text and many photographs, drawings and plans. The new edition is rounded out by a new essay on Lewrentz and his significance by the German-Chinese architect, critic, and professor, Wilfried Wang.

Louis Kahn: The Importance Of A Drawing 

Michael Merrill


Louis Kahn: The Importance Of A Drawing provides an intimate journey into Louis Kahn’s craft and imagination, this publication weaves the texts around the drawings of Kahn and brings the reader along as a passenger on a journey with Kahn as he embarks on his creative journey. 

El Croquis 205 ; Sanaa [1] (2005 -2020)


The magazine turns its focus on the Japanese architecture powerhouse duo of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa in this instalment, examining both their collaborative and individual work over the past five years. Accompanying its selection of fifteen featured projects are a text by architect Maki Onishi

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Tony Fretton Architects


Tony Fretton Architects covers different dimensions and typologies, from government buildings and public offices, to multipurpose cultural spaces and collective or private housing

Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings

Claudia Kinmonth


This major illustrated study investigates farmhouse and cabin furniture from all over the island of Ireland. It discusses the origins and evolution of useful objects, what materials were used and why, and how furniture made for small spaces, often with renewable elements, was innate and expected.

On Intricacy

Patrick Lynch


On Intricacy is a visual and written polemic reflecting the hard-won wisdom of a practical life. On Intricacy is also a biography of sorts of a man born into a relatively recent, but also a very different age. It tells an inspiring story from a period of hope and opportunity in the 20th century.

Architecture is a Social Act

Greg Goldin and Sinéad Finnerty-Pyne


Architecture is a Social Act addresses how the discipline can be used as a tool to engage in politics, economics, aesthetics, and smart growth by promoting social equity, human interaction, and cultural evolution. This book features 28 projects drawn from across LOHA’s nearly 30-year history, a selection that underscores the direct connection between the development of consciously designed buildings and wider efforts to tackle issues that are relevant in a rapidly changing world.


Architect’s Pocket Book

Jonathan Hetreed, Ann Ross, Charlotte Baden-Powell


This handy pocket book brings together a wealth of useful information that architects need on a daily basis - on-site or in the studio. It provides clear guidance and invaluable detail on a wide range of issues, from planning policy through environmental design to complying with Building Regulations, from structural and services matters to materials characteristics and detailing.

Landscape Architect's Pocket Book

Nicola Garmory, Rachel Tennant and Siobhan Vernon


An indispensable tool for all landscape architects, this time-saving guide answers the most frequently asked questions in one pocket-sized volume. It is a concise, easy-to-read reference that gives instant access to a wide range of information needed on a daily basis, both out on site and in the office.

‘Oh, We’re Lost!’

Siobhán Cuffe


On a stormy October day, Molly and her mother come on a visit to the Hennessy household in Dublin. Although they don't know their way around, they are persuaded to go for a walk with the family dogs.

Architect of Death and Life

Mikael Andersson


The most comprehensive book to date about Sweden’s greatest modern architect, Sigurd Lewerentz. This publication charts the rise of one of the most intriguing and brilliant architectural practitioners of his era (1885-1975). 

Twenty-Five Buildings Every Architect Should Understand

Simon Unwin 


An essential companion for Simon Unwin’s Analysing Architecture and part of the trilogy which also includes his Exercises in Architecture: Learning to Think as an Architect. These three publications combined offer an in-depth look into what life is like working as an architect.

101 Rules of Thumb For Low Energy Architecture 

Huw Heywood 


In an area where ever-changing technology and complex legislation and can cloud the designer’s thought-processes, this book encourages the designer to think clearly and intuitively about the fundamentals of low energy buildings. With reliable, simple rules of thumb that will provide new ideas and refresh the designer’s palette, each page focuses on a single piece of advice or guidance along with a clear hand-drawn illustration, while there are also plenty of tips and more detailed information for those who wish to dig deeper.

Space Framed, Photography

Hugh Campbell  


While much has been written about how photography serves architecture, this book looks at how fine-art photographers frame constructed space – from cities to single anonymous rooms. It analyses various techniques used and reveals resonances and rhythms found in the photographs as they occur at different scales, times and settings.