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 8


house + design is a consumer magazine published annually by the RIAI and Architecture Ireland Publishing Ltd. This edition includes 10 inspiring homes designed by RIAI Members, with a strong focus on adaptive reuse and sustainability. house + design is Ireland’s only dedicated magazine for Architect-designed homes and interiors. It's available in newsagents nationwide and the RIAI Bookshop. 

El Croquis: 218

Eduardo Souto de Moura (2015-2023)


This issue of ‘El Croquis’ presents a wide range of projects such as the Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum, the tourist complex in São Lourenço do Barrocal, the Doz Tua Dam hydroelectric power plant, the Colinas do Douro and Casa Sarmento wineries, the Alcobaça Monastery, and many more.

Danish Functionalism and Block-Based Housing

Kay Fisker 

Price: €53.50

This book focuses on the Copenhagen housing estates of architect Kay Fisker (1893-1965). A leading exponent of Danish Functionalism, Fisker was influenced by Louis Sullivan and had a strong belief in continuity, putting modernism in perspective and identifying precedents.

The Happy Design Toolkit: Architecture for Better Mental Wellbeing

Ben Channon

Price: €42.00

The book explores how factors, such as lighting, comfort, control over our environments and access to nature, exercise and social interaction, can impact how we feel. Packed with inspiration and advice, The Happy Design Toolkit will breathe new life into your projects and help you create a happier and more inclusive built environment for everyone. 

The Recycling Manual

Annette Hillebrandt; Petra Riegler-Floors; Anja Rosen; and Johanna Seggewies


How is it possible to keep the immense deposits of raw materials in buildings "active" and realise environmentally sustainable buildings in the long term? The Recycling Manual provides the necessary expertise for the associated paradigm shift in construction. In addition to successful project examples, this comprehensive and detailed guide provides in-depth explanations on calculation methods and tendering aspects.

De aedibus international series  

Ryan W.Kennihan


De aedibus international series aims to document and compile the inspiration and architectural culture of individual architects in Europe. Since 2009, they have published individual volumes on hotspots of European architectural history. The core of each book Is dedicated to the world of observation. Images and plans present a number of remarkable buildings that are not the result of routine “production”.  Instead, each design stems from a passionate engagement with the task and its premises.


Clancy Moore, Ryan W. Kennihan and Steve Larkin


A.MAG features the work of award-winning Architects Clancy Moore, Ryan W. Kennihan and Steve Larkin.  

Approximate Formality 

Valerie Mulvin  

Price: €35.00

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. 

Designing for the Climate Emergency: A Guide for Architecture Students

Sofie Pelsmakers, Aidan Hoggard, Urszula Kozminska and Elizabeth Donovan

Price: €42.00

As it's title explains, Architects can help humanity step back from the void by integrating evidence-based sustainability approaches throughout their work. The co-authors shed some light on the thinking behind the new guide.

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.

Designed to Perform: An Illustrated Guide to Delivering Energy Efficient Homes

Tom Dollard

Price: €36.00

Tom Dollard's updated edition is an illustrated practical design guide to delivering better energy performance in all types of new build homes. It introduces readers to the concept of the performance gap and highlights clear issues and solutions to help architects improve their detailing at design stage.

FLOOR PLAN MANUAL Non- Profit Housing 


The Floor Plan Manual gives the reader 600 great solutions from competition winners to an old and recurring challenge that must be rephrased for every new generation.  

The Dublin Architecture Guide 1937-2021 

Paul Kelly, Cormac Murray & Brendan Spierin


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. 

More Space for Architecture

O’Donnell + Tuomey 


More Space for Architecture features buildings and projects designed by Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey over the seven year period from 2015 to 2021. Unbuilt and unpublished designs act like stepping stones to trace a continuous path between recent and realised works for schools, universities, housing, artist collaborations and public buildings.

Climax Change - How Architecture must transform in the age of ecological emergency

Pedro Gadanho


This book offers the much-needed overview of how climate change and the current environmental emergency will affect the practice of architecture, both in terms of its design philosophy and rising opportunities to innovate and radically transform the current tenet of architecture’s aesthetic, ethical and professional drives.

Think Like an Architect

Randy Deutsch


Architects have a valuable and critical set of multiple thinking types that they develop throughout the design process. In this book, Randy Deutsch shows readers how to access those thinking types and use them outside pure design thinking – showing how they can both solve problems but also identify the problems that need solving. To think the way the best architects do.

An Architectural History of the Church of Ireland

Michael O’Neill


This new book provides a definitive account of the architectural history of the Church of Ireland. Dr O’Neill adopts a thematic and historical approach that will assist the reader to interpret ecclesiastical buildings, explore histories and evolving traditions of use, and help broaden an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness and significance of the architectural legacy.


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.

The Deck Access Housing Design Guide: A Return to Streets in the Sky

Andrew Beharrell and Rory Olcayto


This book focuses on the contemporary use of deck access housing, offering practical guidance and in-depth case studies, while also providing historical context about this flexible and evolving housing type.

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.

Collected Works: Volume 1 1990-2005

Caruso St John


The first volume of a collected works, this book covers fifteen years of Caruso St John, one of the most highly acclaimed and influential contemporary architectural practices. Following a thematic course shaped around key phases and aspects of their thinking, this extensive volume offers a detailed reflection on the practice's activities between 1990 and 2005.

Collected Works: Volume 2 2000-2012

Caruso St John


This second volume in Caruso St John’s Collected Works traces an interlacing set of themes through the celebrated practice’s work over the first twelve years of the twenty-first century. Their unique approach to history is revealed as a rejection of the myth of relentless novelty in favour of an understanding of the past as present and an interest in working with the existing. This volume encompasses some of Caruso St John’s most renowned projects, including works on historic buildings such as Tate Britain and the Barbican and new projects such as Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery and Europaallee Mixed-use Building in Zurich. These are presented along with exhibition designs, competition entries, and lesser-known projects, all with an unprecedented range of materials including unseen drawings, references, and new commentaries.

Ninety-Nine Tesserae from Architecture

Shane O'Toole


'Ninety-Nine Tesserae from Architecture: An Elegy of Fragments from Life in the Field' - a collection of essays from award-winning architect, urban designer and critic, Shane O'Toole.  

High Street: How our town centres can bounce back from the retail crisis

David Rudlin, Vicky Payne and Lucy Montague


To understand the current crisis and how it might be addressed, this book takes a long view of retailing based on a hundred case studies. It looks at the way town centres responded to previous crises and explores current trends affecting town centres and how places are responding.The message is optimistic: adaptable town centres can once more become the diverse, characterful, independent places that existed before they were homogenised by big retail. Explore the past – understand the present – find a better future. 

RIBA Climate Guide

Mina Hasman


A collection of short, building- and urban-scale case studies present key takeaways, illustrating real-life applications of design strategies and industry-wide tools, as well as standards that are deployed in climate-conscious built environments all around the world.