Sean Ruthen is a Metro Vancouver-based architect and writer.

Book Review: France Sketchbooks

Edited by Laurie Olin and Pablo Mandel (ORO Editions, 2020)  Drawing is about seeing and not wriggling one’s wrist. It is also an act... Read More

Book Review: 100 Ideas That Changed Architecture

Written by Richard Weston (Laurence King Publishing, 2020)  This book’s title poses two obvious questions: what is an architectural... Read More

Book Review: The Architecture of Trees

Authors: Cesare Leonardi & Franca Stagi (Princeton Architectural Press, 2019)  In Italy, most architects know this book and have... Read More

Book Review: McIntyre House

UBC SALA West Coast Modern House Series Written by Sherry McKay, Preface by Douglas Coupland (ORO Editions 2020)  I miss that people... Read More

Book Review: Tall Wood Buildings – Design, Construction, and Performance

Written by Michael Green and Jim Taggart– Second and Expanded Edition (Birkhauser Press, 2020)  A fundamental change in the way in... Read More

Book Review: The Architecture of Engagement – A Human-Centered Approach to Sustainable Design

Written by Jim Taggart– Abacus Editions (2019)  This book provides an important insight into this emerging model of social... Read More

Book Review: Canadian Modern Architecture

Edited by Elsa Lam and Graham Livesey – Princeton Architectural Press (2019)  This anthology comprises the contributions of seventeen... Read More

Book Review – Compression

Author: Steven Holl (Princeton Architectural Press, 2019)  Compression of human habitat should be a concern of all global citizens... Read More

Book Review: New Investigations in Collective Form – The Open Workshop

Edited by Neeraj Bhatia – Actar Publishers/CCA Architecture Books (2019)  More than fifty years have passed since the publication of... Read More

Book Review – An Architect’s Guide to Construction: Enduring Ways in the Age of Immediacy

Author: Brian Palmquist (self-published, 2nd ed., 2019) Much has changed in design and construction since the first edition of an... Read More