The LEGO Architect

The LEGO Architect

by Tom Alphin
September 2015, 192 pp.
Full Color, Hardcover

"The perfect book to turn your childhood LEGO® collection into a legitimate (and seriously fun) adult pastime."
Finn MacLeod, Arch Daily

" the Corbusier of LEGO®."
Wall Street Journal

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Travel through the history of architecture in The LEGO® Architect. You’ll learn about styles like Art Deco, Modernism, and High-Tech, and find inspiration in galleries of LEGO® models. Then take your turn building 12 models in a variety of styles. Snap together some bricks and learn architecture the fun way!

Author Bio 

Tom Alphin is a UX Program Manager at Microsoft and a passionate LEGO® fan. He maintains a blog about LEGO® and other things at

Table of contents 

A Brief History of Architecture

Chapter 1: Neoclassical
Chapter 2: Prairie
Chapter 3: Art Deco
Chapter 4: Modernism
Chapter 5: Brutalism
Chapter 6: Postmodern
Chapter 7: High-Tech
Chapter 8: Builder's Guide

Photo Credits

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"For many budding architects the first step on the road to blueprints and T-squares is a trip to the toy store. The models are sure to motivate future architects—or future LEGO artists—to get building."
Architectural Digest

"The LEGO Architect has sucked me in for hours, and I can’t wait to build all of the plans."

"This is likely one of the most useful books that I will ever own. Any of the LEGO-themed books from No Starch Press are as beautiful as they are practical."

"Features instructions for building projects that are interesting but not outrageously complicated, and gives kids great ideas for what to do with their existing blocks once they've completed the kit projects."
The Baltimore Sun

"A handy manual to get the architecture enthusiast thinking about historic styles in commercial architecture...near perfect." Architecture

"An inspirational showcase of architectural designs re-created with LEGOs...reconnect with the satisfaction of building something block by block."
The Wirecutter

"Simply masterful."
The School Librarian

"Highly recommended; upholds the high standard we've come to expect from No Starch books."
Huw Millington, Brickset

"For me this is one of my favourite books of the year."
Brick Fanatics

"Not only a great educational reference, but also a beautiful coffee table book."
Steven Combs

"If you’re starting to get into creating buildings and structures, then The LEGO Architect is a good reference guide to help you start building.
The Brick Fan

"If you've ever secretly wished they would make Lego kits for adults — you're gonna want to get this book."

"If you like architecture, buy this book. If you like Lego, buy this book. If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, buy this book."
Homebuilding & Renovating

"This book surprises and delights."
Bucknell Magazine

"A coffee table book of amazing photos and blueprints of LEGO creations that will astound even the hardcore LEGO master."

Urban Splatter


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