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Christmas Gift Guide 2018: gift ideas for architecture lovers

Christmas Gift Guide 2018: gift ideas for architecture lovers

26 November 2018

Following the popularity of last year's RIBA Christmas gift guide, we put our heads together to bring you some all-new gift ideas for the architecture enthusiast in your life.

Has Christmas shopping got you in a twist? We've done the hard work for you with our edit of the best architecture and design inspired gifts from our online image library and bookshop.

Inspired by the RIBA Collections

We recently launched a brand new product range (1) inspired by Louis Hellman's 'Archi-Têtes', a series of satirical caricatures originally drawn by Louis Hellman for the Architectural Review and now part of the RIBA Collections. Choose from mugs, aprons, cushions, greetings cards and more, starting at £3.

(1) Book bags and mugs from the Archi-Têtes Gift Range, featuring (L-R) Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Charles and Ray Eames, Antoni Gaudi and Christopher Wren

Looking to really treat someone with a truly unique gift? Nab them one of just 50 limited edition prints, signed and numbered by architect Sam Jacob; a special commission created as part of our latest exhibition Disappear Here: On Perspective and Other Kinds of Space.

(2) Sam Jacob special edition collage print

Explore some of the most popular prints available to buy from our online image library. With over 100,000 options, there's something to suit every household, whether the décor is baroque or brutalist. Here are a few greatest hits:

St Peter's Square, Rome, photographed by Monica Pidgeon (3)
Designs for an 1/8 inch perspective grid, Michael and Lois Ventris (4)
Leo Herbert Felton photograph of lighting fitting on the RMS Orion (5)

Clockwise from top: (3) St Peter's Square, Rome courtesy Monica Pidgeon / RIBA Collections, (4) Designs for an 1/8 inch perspective grid courtesy RIBA Collections, (5) Leo Herbert Felton photograph of lighting fitting on the RMS Orion, courtesy Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections

From the Bookshop

Our bookshop staff have picked out their top recommendations for this year's gift season, including some of the latest new releases. Don't forget to pop in and browse the full range of titles if you're at an event at 66 Portland Place.

  • Archigram The Book, £80 (6)
    The definitive book on High-Tech pioneers Archigram has been 40 years in the making and is edited and designed by Archigram member Dennis Crompton.
  • Twelve Halls by Niall McLaughlin, £40 (7)
    A collection of built and unbuilt projects by Niall McLaughlin Architects, published on the occasion of their contribution to the 2018 Venice Biennale.
  • Drawing Architecture by Helen Thomas, £54.95 (8)
    An elegant presentation of stunning and inspiring architectural drawings from antiquity to the present day.
  • Happy By Design by Ben Channon, £20 (9)
    Can good design make us happier? We spend over 80% of our time in buildings, so shouldn’t we have a better understanding of how they make us feel?
  • The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities, £45 (10)
    Since its launch, Monocle has been passionate about making better places to live. This book asks the all important question of how we make better cities, cities that work for people of all ages and backgrounds.

For the full range of gifts, explore the RIBApix image library and RIBA Bookshops online shop.

Clockwise from top left: (6) Archigram: The Book, (7) Twelve Halls, (8) Drawing Architecture, (9) Happy By Design, (10) The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities

Sir Banister Fletcher's Global History of Architecture

The landmark new edition of Sir Banister Fletcher's Global History of Architecture (11) makes an extra special Christmas gift or addition to your own architecture library. Published by Bloomsbury in partnership with the RIBA and University of London, the beautiful two-volume book represents the first full re-write of the classic architectural history survey since Banister Fletcher's lifetime.

RIBA Members get 50% off for a limited time only. Pre-order before 10 December to save £200. Terms and conditions apply.

(11) Sir Banister Fletcher's Global History of Architecture

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