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Writing Architecture

A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment

Carter Wiseman (author)

A practical primer for students and practitioners alike on how to write successfully about architecture

Writing Architecture considers the process, methods, and value of architecture writing based on Carter Wiseman’s thirty years of personal experience writing, editing, and teaching young architects how to write. This book creatively tackles a problematic issue that Wiseman considers to crucial to successful architecture writing: clarity of thinking and expression. He argues that because we live our lives within the built environment, architecture is the most comprehensive and complex of all art forms.

Written as a primer for both college-level students and practitioners, Writing Architecture acknowledges and explores the boundaries between different techniques of architecture writing from myriad perspectives and purposes. Using excerpts from writers in different genres and from different historical periods, Wiseman offers a unique and authoritative perspective on the comprehensible writing skills needed for success.


  • Winner of Publishing Professionals Network Best Book Award for Trade, Text-Driven


“Argues that clear communication is integral for successful architecture, since words have an important part in expressing ideas, and because any architect will admit they write much more than they ever would have anticipated”


“Writing Architecture puts this genre of productive criticism in its wider context.”

Harvard Magazine

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  • Price: $18.95 buy »
  • Pages: 240
  • Size: 5 x 7
  • Published: Sep 2014
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595341495
  • Price: $18.95
  • Published: Jan 2014
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595341501