ARCHITECT's Ayda Ayoubi says in this fast-paced world, it is difficult to find time to curl up by the fireplace or in a cozy nook to read. The holiday season offers as good of a chance as you may get to catch up on your reading list. Below, is a selection of design books that aim to inspire you and your precious little ones—and can make for great last-minute gifts for family, friends, and colleagues.

Drawing Architecture by Helen Thomas (Phaidon, 2018; $79.95)

Drawing Architecture by British architect Helen Thomas features a collection of more than 250 architectural drawings by Michelangelo, Lorenzo Bernini, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, Tadao Ando, Hon. FAIA, Balkrishna Doshi, Hon. FAIA, Zaha Hadid, and Luis Barragán, among others. Spanning the centuries from antiquity to the present, this book highlights contrasts and similarities “between architecture from different times, styles, and places,” according to Phaidon's website. “Drawing Architecture is ideal for art and architecture lovers alike, as well as anyone interested in the intersection of creativity and history.“

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