The Brian Brace Taylor Book Collection

This collection of architectural and urbanism books by the late architectural historian Brian Brace Taylor (1944-2017) comprises over three decades of teaching and research at The New York Institute of Technology and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville; and writing and editing as associate editor for the French architectural journal L’Architecture D’Aujourd’hui and co-founder of Mimar: Architecture in Development, an international magazine focused on the architecture of the developing world.

Covering monographs, surveys and specialized studies on French architecture and urbanism, the architecture in Asia, the history and design of gardens, the complete set of Mimar (1981-1992) and issues of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui​ from the 1930s to 1970s, this collection is an invaluable resource for study for both academic scholars and architecture design students. Taylor’s grasp of the French modern masters and his subsequent efforts to study the built environments of the “non-west” (especially of Southeast Asia) from the 1980s present the intellectual repertoire of a scholar who insisted on the equal importance of understanding the history and practice of architecture in the education of the architect.

This collection, hosted by HKU Department of Architecture, is the generous gift of Mrs Teresa Gomez Brace Taylor.

Book List – Brian Brace Taylor (pdf file)

Room 303A, 3/F Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong

Opening Hours:
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* All books are available for in-library use upon request during the opening hours. The library will be closed on public holidays and university holidays.

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