Princeton Architectural Press

Princeton Architectural Press is a small press publisher that specializes in books on architecture, design, photography, landscape, and visual culture, with over 1,000 titles on its backlist.[2] In 2013, it added a line of stationery products, including notebooks and notecards; the following year it began publishing children’s books.[3]

The press was founded in 1981 by Kevin Lippert in Princeton, New Jersey, where Lippert was then studying architecture at Princeton University. In 1985, it moved to New York City. In 2014, it moved again, to Hudson, N.Y., where it also operates a retail store, Paper + Goods.[4] It is not related to the Princeton University Press.[5]

Since 1996, Princeton Architectural Press has been distributed in the Americas by Chronicle Books. It was part of the German publishing group Springer Science+Business Media from 1997[6] to 2009. In early 2010 Lippert reacquired Springer's shares. In 2011, Princeton Architectural Press was acquired by the McEvoy Group, and PAP became a sister company to Chronicle Books.[7]

Princeton Architectural Press
Parent companyMcEvoy Group
FounderKevin Lippert
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationHudson, New York
DistributionChronicle Books (US)
Raincoast Books (Canada)
Abrams & Chronicle Books (UK)
Bookreps NZ (New Zealand)
Books at Maniac (Australia)[1]
Nonfiction topicsarchitecture, design, photography, landscape and visual culture


  1. ^ "Our Distributors". Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  2. ^ Danny Heitman, "Small presses release some of the best books around", The Christian Science Monitor, January 10, 2014.
  3. ^ "Meet the Artist! Series Introduces Princeton Architectural Press to Children's Market",Publishers Weekly, March 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "About Princeton Architectural Press",PAPress Blog, September 1st 2014.
  5. ^ Sharon Deng, "'Gray areas': Who can use the 'Princeton' name?", The Daily Princetonian, May 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Jim Milliot, "Princeton Architectural Press Moving Skyward", Publishers Weekly, January 3, 2000.
  7. ^ "McEvoy Group Buys Princeton Architectural Press", Publishers Weekly, Feb 14, 2011.

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Alexandra Lange

Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic and author based in New York. She is the architecture critic for Curbed, and has bylines published The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Metropolis, Architect magazine, Architectural Digest; Architectural Record, The Architect’s Newspaper, Cite; Domus; Domino; Dwell; GOOD; Icon, The Nation, New York magazine, Places Journal, Print and Slate. Lange is a Loeb Fellow, and a recipient of the 2019 Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary.

Architectural League of New York

The Architectural League of New York is a non-profit organization "for creative and intellectual work in architecture, urbanism, and related disciplines".

The league dates from 1881, when Cass Gilbert organized meetings at the Salmagundi Club for young architects. In early years, members took turns assigning sketch problems with solutions then critiqued by established architects. In 1886 it was restarted by architect Russell Sturgis with exhibitions, lectures, dinners, tours, and juried annual exhibitions.

In 1934, the league allowed women to become members; Nancy Vincent McClelland was the first woman to join among many others.

During its history, many of New York's most prominent architects have served as president, including George B. Post, Henry Hardenbergh, Grosvenor Atterbury, Raymond Hood, Ralph Walker, Wallace Harrison, and more recently, Ulrich Franzen, Robert A.M. Stern, Frances Halsband, Paul Byard, Walter Chatham, and Frank Lupo. The current president for 2016-2017 is Billie Tsien.

The league embraces collaboration across the arts. Muralists and sculptors are invited to become members, and annual exhibitions have included sections for landscape architecture, painting, sculpture, and decorative arts.

Conversation pit

A conversation pit is an architectural feature that incorporates built-in seating into a depressed section of flooring within a larger room. This area often has a table in the center as well. The seats typically face each other in a centrally focused fashion, bringing the occupants closer together than free-standing tables and chairs normally would. In residential design this proximity facilitates comfortable human conversation, dinner parties, and table top games. Their disadvantages include accidental falls and uncomfortable interactions with those standing above in the main room.

Dana Cuff

Dana Cuff is an American architecture theorist, professor, and founding director of cityLAB at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).She received her Ph.D. in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and her B.A., Psychology and Design from University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of books including Fast Forward Urbanism (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011) and The Provisional City (MIT Press, 2000).

She has been awarded the 2004 Lise Meitner Endowed Chair at Lund University in Sweden and was the 2004–2006 Fellow of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA.

Dwinelle Hall

Dwinelle Hall is the second largest building on the University of California, Berkeley campus. It was completed in 1952, and is named after John W. Dwinelle, who was the State Assemblyman responsible for the "Organic Act" that established the University of California in 1868. He was a member of the first Board of Regents. Dwinelle houses the departments of classics, rhetoric, linguistics, history, comparative literature, South and Southeast Asian studies, film studies, French, German, Italian studies, Scandinavian, Slavic languages, Spanish and Portuguese, and gender and women's studies.Although many myths surround the odd construction of the building, Dwinelle Hall was designed by Ernest E. Weihe, Edward L. Frick, and Lawrence A. Kruse, with Eckbo Royston & Williams, landscape artists. Construction was completed in 1953, with expansion completed in 1998. The southern block of Dwinelle Hall contains three levels of classrooms as well as four lecture halls, and the northern block houses seven stories of faculty and department offices.[1] While the northern office block of Dwinelle is often referred to as the "Dwinelle Annex," it should not be confused with the Dwinelle Annex, which is a wooden building located to the west of Dwinelle Hall.[2]

The Dwinelle Annex was designed by John Galen Howard and built in 1920. From 1920-33 it was used for Military Science, and from 1933-58 it was used for Music. During these periods of use, it was called the Military Sciences Building and the Music Building. Some remodeling was done in 1933 to accommodate the music department, and in 1949 it was enlarged to include a music library. Dramatic Arts and Comparative Literature moved into the building in 1958. More recently, the College Writing Program occupied the top floor. The annex is currently occupied by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton (born 1963) is a graphic designer, curator, writer, critic, and educator. Known for her love of typography, Lupton is the curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City and the director of the Graphic Design M.F.A. program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she also serves as director of the Center for Design Thinking. She has written numerous books on graphic design for a variety of audiences. She is a contributor to several publications, including Print, Eye, I.D., Metropolis, and The New York Times.

Emigre (magazine)

Emigre (ISSN 1045-3717) was a graphic design magazine published by Emigre Graphics between 1984 and 2005; it was first published in 1984 in San Francisco, California, United States. Art-directed by Rudy VanderLans using fonts designed by his wife, Zuzana Licko, Emigre was one of the first publications to use Macintosh computers and had a large influence on graphic designers moving into desktop publishing (DTP). Its variety of layouts, use of guest designers, and opinionated articles also had an effect on other design publications.

The focus of Emigre was both redundant and wandering — both positive qualities as a journal produced by a tight and evolving group of designers and writers with Vanderlans at the center. Vanderlans was typically editor, though guest-editors also appeared (Gail Swanlund, Anne Burdick, Andrew Blauvelt) and the work/writing of Zuzana Licko and Jeffery Keedy reappeared throughout the magazine's history.

The magazine began in 1984 with a focus on the émigré. The first eight issues were concerned with boundaries, international culture, travel accounts and alienation (as the issues' titles suggest). The first eight issues also incorporated a dynamic aesthetic that caught the attention of designers and led to the next stage in the magazine's evolution.

Beginning with Issue 9 — devoted to the art of Vaughan Oliver at 4AD — the magazine explored design in itself, devoting issues to Cranbrook, the Macintosh, type design and individual graphic designers. In two issues in 1992 and 1993, the magazine chronicled the work of David Carson and Raygun.

Increasingly, Emigre became a platform for essays and writings on design. This aspect of Emigre came to the forefront with issues in 1994 and the magazine changed its format in 1995 from its oversized layout to a text-friendlier format that debuted with Issue 33. The magazine retained this character through Issue 59 in 2001.

Emigre then took a sharp turn with four re-formatted issues in 2001 and 2002 that included one DVD ("Catfish," an experimental documentary film on the work of designer and performance artist Elliott Earls) and three compact discs (featuring the music of Honey Barbara, The Grassy Knoll and Scenic.

In its fifth and final incarnation, the last six issues of Emigre were co-published by Princeton Architectural Press as small softcover books. The last issue, The End, was published in 2005.

Guastavino tile

Guastavino tile is a version of Catalan vault introduced to the United States in 1885 by Valencian (Spanish) architect and builder Rafael Guastavino (1842–1908).

Hyphen Press

Hyphen Press is a London publisher of books on design and typography. Hyphen Press was founded by Robin Kinross in 1980, but has published nearly all of its books beginning in the 1990s.

Hyphen Press has produced about thirty books on a diverse range of topics, but most of its most important publications are devoted to the topic of typography. These include Christopher Burke's Paul Renner, 1998; Robin Kinross's Anthony Froshaug: Typography & Texts, 2000; Harry Carter's A View of Early Typography, 2002; Designing Books, 2003, by Jost Hochuli and Robin Kinross; Peter Burnhill's Type Spaces, 2003; Gerrit Noordzij's The Stroke: Theory of Writing, 2005; and Robin Kinross's Modern Typography, 2010.

Princeton Architectural Press is the North American distributor of Hyphen Press books.Hyphen Press has also produced seven music CDs since 2004.

Lebbeus Woods

Lebbeus Woods (May 31, 1940 – October 30, 2012) was an American architect and artist known for his unconventional and experimental designs.

Lisa Iwamoto

Lisa Iwamoto is a Japanese-American architect, educator, and author. She is the founding partner of IwamotoScott, an award-winning architecture firm based in San Francisco, California. She is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques published by Princeton Architectural Press. In 2018 she was named as one of five winners of the fifth annual Women in Architecture awards by Architectural Record.

Manuel Lima

Manuel Lima FRSA (born May 3, 1978) is a Portuguese-born designer, author, lecturer, and researcher. WIRED describes Lima as “the man who turns data into art” while Creativity magazine considers Lima “the Edward Tufte of the 21st Century". He is a leading voice on information visualization and the founder of - A visual exploration on mapping complex networks. He is the author of three books translated into several languages, respectively Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information (2011), The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge (2014), and The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge (2017). He currently resides in New York City.

Peter Buchanan-Smith

Peter Buchanan-Smith (born 1972) is a designer, teacher, entrepreneur, and the founder of Best Made Co., a company that develops artisanal tools and adventure products.

Steven Holl

Steven Holl (born December 9, 1947) is a New York-based American architect and watercolorist. Among his most recognized works are designs for the 2003 Simmons Hall at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the 2007 Bloch Building addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and the 2009 Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing, China.

Terminal Bar (book)

Terminal Bar: A Photographic Record of New York's Most Notorious Watering Hole is a 2014 photography book that is a collection of Sheldon Nadelman's photos taken during his ten years spent as a bartender at the Terminal Bar in New York City.The book was published in 2014 by Princeton Architectural Press.The book's photos were the subject of a 2002 American documentary short film, Terminal Bar, directed by Sheldon Nadelman's son, Stefan Nadelman that used a combination of animation, live action and black-and-white photography of Terminal Bar's former patrons taken by Sheldon Nadelman, from 1972 to 1982.

Thomas Thwaites (designer)

Thomas Thwaites is a British designer and writer. He describes himself as "a designer (of a more speculative sort), interested in technology, science, futures research & etc."Thwaites studied economics and biology at University College London and in 2009 gained an MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art.In a nine-month project as part of his MA course, Thwaites attempted to build a toaster from scratch. The project was inspired by a quote from Douglas Adams' 1992 novel Mostly Harmless: "Left to his own devices he couldn't build a toaster. He could just about make a sandwich, and that was it." A toaster has about 400 components: he simplified the materials list to copper, steel, plastic, mica and nickel and attempted to mine, refine, and otherwise process all the raw materials needed. He published The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011: ISBN 978-1568989976), and gave a TED talk "How I Built a Toaster - From Scratch". The tools and artefacts from the project are on display as an installation in the Victoria and Albert Museum, in room 76 "Design since 1945".

He later spent several days living among goats in the Alps, using prosthetic goat-like legs and eating grass using an artificial rumen, to explore the life of goats. This resulted in GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016; ISBN 978-1616894054) and an IgNobel Prize.In January 2017 he appeared on BBC Radio 4's Museum of Curiosity. His hypothetical donation to the imaginary museum was a history book written in 2222AD, covering the present time.In 2017-2018 he was a visiting professor in the Industrial Design department of Rhode Island School of Design.

Tom Kundig

Tom Kundig (born 1954) is an American principal and owner of the Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig Architects. His honors include some of the highest design awards, including a 2008 National Design Award in Architecture Design from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt; a 2007 Academy Award in Architecture from The American Academy of Arts and Letters; selection as a finalist for the 2005 National Design Award for Architecture; a MacDowell Colony Fellowship; and selection as an Emerging Architect by the Architectural League of New York. He has also received eleven National American Institute of Architects awards. In 2011, he was included in The Wallpaper* 150, Wallpaper (magazine)'s list of the 150 people who have most influenced, inspired and improved the way we live, work and travel over the last 15 years.In 2010, the Pierre was named World Architecture News' House of the Year and in 2011, Art Stable was named Project of the Year by the Residential Architect Design Awards. Architectural Record has chosen two of Kundig’s projects for Record Houses—the Rolling Huts and Delta Shelter. Olson Kundig Architects received the 2009 National AIA Architecture Firm Award (as Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects) and has twice been named one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Architecture by Fast Company (magazine).In 2015, Princeton Architectural Press released Tom Kundig: Works, a collection of Kundig's recent projects, including commercial spaces and public buildings. In 2011, Princeton Architectural Press released Tom Kundig: Houses 2, the follow up to the 2006 book, Tom Kundig: Houses, one of the Press’s bestselling architecture books of all time. Kundig has been published over 450 times in publications worldwide, including the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Record, Dwell, Architectural Digest and The New York Times. Kundig’s undergraduate and graduate architecture degrees are from the University of Washington.

Victoria Theatre (Hammerstein's)

The Victoria Theatre (1899 – 1915) was a prominent American vaudeville house during the early years of the twentieth century. Theatre mogul, Oscar Hammerstein I, opened it in 1899 on the northwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street, along New York City’s Longacre Square (now Times Square). The theatre was closely associated with the Paradise Roof Garden above it, and the two venues came to be known collectively as Hammerstein’s.

York and Sawyer

The architectural firm of York and Sawyer produced many outstanding structures, exemplary of Beaux-Arts architecture as it was practiced in the United States. The partners Edward York (1863–1928) and Philip Sawyer (1868–1949) had both trained in the office of McKim, Mead, and White. In 1898, they established their independent firm, based in New York City.

Their structure for the New-York Historical Society (1908) was extended in 1938 by Walker & Gillette. Their ability to organize, separate and coordinate mixed uses in a building is exemplified by their massive New York Athletic Club.

York and Sawyer became known as specialists in the design of banks and hospitals. Their palatial Renaissance and classical bank buildings express the reassuring stability and awe-inspiring splendor the institutions wished to project. In each typical case a spectacular banking hall was the public space, often integrated within an office building. Original architectural drawings by York and Sawyer are held in the Dept. of Drawings & Archives at Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University in New York City.

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