The Future Architect’s Handbook

The Future Architect’s HandbookThe Future Architect's Handbook by Barbara Beck
By Barbara Beck
Schiffer Publishing, September 2014
978-0764346767, softcover
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For children with a passion for drawing or dreams of creating buildings, this book explores how architects really work, taking the young reader through the entire process for planning and designing a house.

Learn about design techniques, building components, and architectural styles. Study Aaron the Architect’s drawings for his own house – the same four drawings every architect uses: the Site Plan, Floor Plan, Section, and Elevation, explained in the book with freehand pen and ink drawings.

Aaron the architect is named after an architect I worked with in St. Louis. Aaron’s house is based on a cottage we designed. The real life Aaron does not have a dog named Artemis, but he should.


The Future Architect’s Tool Kit  
By Barbara Beck, Architect
Schiffer Publishing, 2017

978-0764351938, hardcover

Children with dreams of designing buildings will discover how architects actually work in this workbook, which builds on the concepts introduced in The Future Architect’s Handbook.

It walks readers through the drawings created by Aaron, a young architect building his own home. Children will learn the steps necessary to create their own drawings and build a model of their design, using the included tool kit of graph paper, an architect’s scale, pencil, and drafting eraser. Finally, readers are challenged to design homes for an eclectic group of clients.


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