Design is subjective. Yet the thirst to empower retains architects in a constant quest for knowledge. Architectural magazines are a media platform that shares architectural awareness and wisdom for architects and students.
Recording data and recalling history is a great way to understand civilization. These architectural magazines thrive toward similar goals. Despite collecting data on current and future design trends, these magazines indirectly become a referral source for our future generation.
In this article, we shall discuss the 10 must-read architectural magazines for architects and students to understand global architectural trends and stay updated. These magazines are also a great tool to stay ahead of your competition in the industry. Featuring in these magazines allows the extravagance of your designs and ideologies to reach a global audience.
10 Architectural Magazines
The list of 10 must-read architectural magazines is as follows,
- Architectural Digest
- Indian Architect and Builder
- Design detail
- Architects Journal
Located in Chile, South America.
ArchDaily is one of the most visited websites for architectural trends and updates as a dominant tool for knowledge and inspiration. After understanding the knowledge gap in the industry about current trends and ideologies, the founders of this architectural magazine created it in 2008. The magazine and its online platform regularly gather architects, students, and building enthusiasts to it as a trustworthy referral source.
The web blog of ArchDaily regularly updates architectural news, trends, projects, products, competitions, interviews, events, and opinions from architects and organizations on a global scale. As the name suggests, the blog is a daily dosage of architecture and similar inspirations.
2. Architectural Digest
Located in Mumbai, India.
With over a century’s experience in the media domain, Architectural Digest holds a strong hold over architectural designs and trends. The magazine has a broad genre, including interiors, landscape designs, and exterior architectural details.
It is a vibrant monthly edition of international architectural trends, innovative approaches, creative homes, inspirational designs, décor culture, and travel. The magazine aims to attract aspiring, design-conscious readers. The annual AD100 list is an anticipated edition that includes a list of influential international architectural and interiors design.
Located in Milan, Italy.
Despite its strong years of experience and history, the magazine established its dominance in the 1980s. It was its golden age as it surpassed its competitors with the bold use of colors and typefaces. The magazine uses collaborative approaches and employs influential architects to undertake to edit these magazines every year.
4. Dezeen – Architectural Magazine
Located in London, UK
With a regular online readership, Dezeen is one of the famous architectural magazines for architects and students. With frequent updates, and trendy news addressing the hottest trends and products in the market, Dezeen anchors itself as the top online platform for design inspiration.
5. Indian Architect and Builder
Located in Mumbai, India.
Most Indian architects and architects subscribe to either the online or published version of Indian Architect and Builder magazine to stay in tune with Indian trends. The magazine focuses on the structural advancements in India by linking them with the happenings of international platforms.
The magazine also tracks the conceptualization and creativity of design philosophies and often discusses them in their annual conference ‘The 361°’. Gathering noteworthy figures in the architectural fraternity during their yearly meet, the magazine provides a consolidated validation that brings out the similarity and differences in the current happenings in architecture.
6. Design detail
Located in Kerala, India.
Design Detail magazine is all about details and intricacies as simple as its name suggests. The magazine discusses the details and analyzes its referral source to its context. The in-depth understanding of details adds value to the process and inspires many design enthusiasts to approach these details with better references.
It develops the ideologies behind the details and their relationship with the current architectural trends. The magazine focuses on residential to a regional understanding of these details. Thus a perfect architectural magazine fit for designers to stay updated with the design processes.
Located in San Francisco, CA
Unlike most magazines that concentrate on exterior architecture, Dwell discusses the micro-level aspects of architecture. It discusses the efficiency of dwell in current industry trends and provides a wide range of choices to adapt toward sustainable living.
It focuses on residential improvements and upgradation towards sustainable living. The magazine discusses the realities of dwelling on contextual aspects and offers ideas and options to inspire and shop from them. Great platform for home enthusiasts to improve their residential experience and outlook.
Located in London, UK.
The Icon magazine targets aspiring architectural communities in Europe and regions of Asia and Africa. Excelling in both physical and digital accessibility, this British magazine focus on new trends in the architectural industry, along with the upcoming ideologies and projects.
To optimize its reach globally, the magazine regularly advertises itself through architect-led interviews and has raised platforms and forums to discuss for the architectural fraternity. The magazine’s audience base is not just confined to architects and students but also attracts fashion icons to stay updated on trends.
9. Architects journal
Located in London, UK.
Architect’s Journal is a dedicated magazine for building reviews. It discusses the ongoing projects and the successful practices under usage. It also spread the news on architectural competitions and insights about them. Being a British magazine, it is a dominant architectural publication in the UK, discussing the best British architectural news, from small residential projects to massive mega projects.
Located in Munich, Germany.
Detail is an architectural journal about the current trends in concepts and details. As the name suggests, the magazine focuses on the project’s details. Each aspect of the building, like the roof, and pillar details, undergo a detailed discussion. Understanding the principal feature of any project and discussing its details in detail is the main aim of this architectural magazine.
Another dominant feature of the magazine is its formulation of a holistic, detailed description with a textual and symbolic representation of plans, sections, and details. With its in-depth discussions on building details, this magazine easily attracts architects and construction professionals as their dominant readers.
Knowledge is significant in any industry. Knowledge about regular updates on trends, materials, practices, competition, and innovation allows aspiring architects to understand the context of any built structure. Developing a regular habit of reading these architectural magazines facilitates the extravagance of the happenings in architecture.
Thanks to the digital revolution, now you can read any media publication from any part of the globe through their online forums and websites. Take your initiative today and subscribe to these online architectural magazines right away!
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By Hajara Banu
Hajara Banu is a professional architect, content writer, and strategist. She is on her journey to share her love of architecture, design, and content creation. Besides writing, Hajara loves coffee and often experiments with cooking and organizing in her free time.