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Being a small architectural practice when we started out back in 2007 and spending valuable time finding resources ourselves, we have compiled a selection of 8 books that we think are essential in every architectural practice’s library.

This is the designer’s essential guide to implementing the new CDM 2015 regulations. It provides both a straightforward overview of the key changes and new duty holders, including the Principal Designer, as well as full colour diagrams and annotated plans which demonstrate how to apply the principles in the real world.

This is a must-have for all designers and architects who will need to utilise the new regulations in their projects from April 2015 onwards as well as the contractors, clients and consultants who will need to understand and collaborate with them.


2: RIBA Plan of Work 2013 Guides Bundle

Publisher: RIBA Bookshop












The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 Guides are part of a brand new series providing must-read practical guidance to running efficient and successful projects using the new RIBA Plan of Work 2013. They will also be useful for architectural students at Part 3 who are getting to grips with the realities of practice and the new Plan of Work.

This bundle includes

·         Design Management by Dale Sinclair

·         Contract Administration by Ian Davies

·         Project Leadership by Nick Willars

·         Town Planning by Ruth Reed

·         Information Exchanges by Richard Fairhead

·         Sustainability by Sandy Halliday

·         Health and Safety by Peter Caplehorn


3: BIM in Small Practices: Illustrated Case Studies

Author: Robert Klaschka








Full of practical tips and hard-won experience, BIM in Small Practices: Illustrated Case Studies includes pithy contributions from industry experts who identify and explore the important issues for small practices including how to get your practice started with BIM, and how it aligns to the new Plan of Work.


4: Law in Practice: The RIBA Legal Handbook (2nd edition)

Author: John Wevill








This new reprint has been updated to cover the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

Functioning both as a quick reference as well as an intelligent guide to complex issues, Law in Practice gives architects and Part 3 students alike the tools to work through issues of construction law for themselves, allowing them to make sound judgements, avoid disputes, and run projects on a safer basis.


5: The Environmental Design Pocketbook: (2nd Edition)

Author: Sofie Pelsmakers









The Environmental Design Pocketbook 2nd edition places the information you need for sustainable, low energy building design at your fingertips. Packed with diagrams, tools and tips, it cuts through the complex mass of technical data and legislation that faces the designer, and distils all the key guidance into a single reference that is quick, easy to use and points to the facts, figures and performance data that are most important.


6: Guide to BREEAM

Author: Stuart Barlow








BREEAM is the leading environmental assessment method for buildings, setting the standard for best practice in sustainable design. Yet many professionals find BREEAM difficult to understand and often miss out on opportunities to optimise the credits that can be scored from a scheme.

This practical, accessible guide comes to the rescue – providing a much-needed explanation of BREEAM for all building professionals, whether architects, clients, contractors or engineers.


7: Handbook of Practice Management (9th edition)

Author: Nigel Ostime








A must-read for all architects the Handbook of Practice Management is the professional architect’s business management bible. This new edition is fully up-to-date, reflecting the new RIBA Plan of Work 2013 – the industry standard framework for running projects – as well as the latest contemporary architectural practice management techniques.


8: Architects’ Guide to Fee Bidding

Author: Paul Nicholson


This book introduces practising architects, architectural managers and senior students to the philosophy and practice of analytical estimating for fees.

By means of a detailed case study, it illustrates the many problems that may be encountered in the calculation of fees for professional services. This is an essential step-by-step guide through the complexities of fee bidding.


Reference: Images and copy sourced from the RIBA Bookshop