Have you written a book about architecture, or about the design and construction of buildings during a certain period of time?
Do you want to publish your book and need a publishing house?
Below you’ll find 17 top publishers of books on architecture.
Prestel Publishing is an international publishing company that was founded in 1924. They are one of the world’s leading publishers of in the areas of design, architecture, photography, and art. Originally headquartered in Germany, Prestel became part of Random House in 2008 and now has offices in London and New York. They are currently open for submissions.
If you are interested in submitting your work to Prestel Publishing, prepare a brief description of your project, a sample chapter, and an author biography. For more information on what to include in your submission and where to send it, check out Prestel’s submission guidelines. For general inquiries, you can contact the Prestel Publishing team here.
Founded in 1923, Phaidon is a global publishing company with headquarters in New York and London. With more than 1,500 titles in print, they work with some of the world’s most talented artists, writers, chefs, and thinkers to produce unique and innovative content—particularly in the fields of photography, fashion, architecture, design, art, travel, and food. They also publish illustrated books for kids.
If you would like the Phaidon team to consider your book for publication, you can send them a proposal including your curriculum vitae and a brief description of your work. For more information, you can check out Phaidon’s submission guidelines here. You can also contact Phaidon’s editorial team via email should you have any additional questions.
Princeton Architectural Press is an award-winning publisher specializing in architecture, design, photography, and visual culture. They pride themselves on publishing books that cross boundaries and defy labels, and they are always looking for talented artists and writers to collaborate with. PAP welcomes submissions in the following fields: architecture, graphic design, gardening, visual culture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. They are interested in books for both general and professional readers, but they do not accept purely academic books such as technical manuals and unaltered theses.
Schiffer Publishing is a family-owned publisher of non-fiction books on a range of subjects. Based in Pennsylvania, Schiffer specializes in books on arts and crafts, architecture and design, antiques, and military history. They are always interested in hearing fresh ideas from talented authors and artists, and they are currently looking for submissions in the following areas: architecture, antiques and collectibles, military, fine art, pop culture, decorative art, and the paranormal.
Prospective authors may send their proposals to Schiffer Publishing via email or post. If you are planning to submit, make sure you check out their submission guidelines here. You can also reach them through their online contact form should you have any questions.
Founded in New York in 1990, Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. is an American publishing company that specializes in design, art, and photography. They have also published many influential books on architecture and urban planning, including Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises, Never Built New York, and Cape Cod Modern—all released under their architecture imprint, Metropolis Books.
DAP is currently accepting submissions in the following areas: architecture, literature, design, art, and photography. DAP has a seasonal distribution program, which means fall and winter submissions must be sent by February, while spring and summer submissions must be sent by August. Submissions may be sent by post or email. You can get more information about DAP’s submission guidelines here.
6. Abrams Books
Founded in 1949, Abrams was the first publishing company in the United States to specialize in art and illustrated books. And since their founding, they have continued to publish award-winning books in the areas of photography, architecture, interior design, craft, fashion, cooking, popular culture, art, and more. They also publish children’s books and young adult fiction. In fact, they are the publisher behind the popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Abrams Books currently accepts unsolicited submissions in only two areas: craft and comics. To learn more about their guidelines and to keep an eye out for their latest calls for submissions, you can check their submissions page here. For general inquiries, feel free to contact Abrams Books via phone or email.
Founded by Alexis Gregory in 1980, Vendome Press is a distinguished publisher of illustrated books on graphic design, architecture, photography, interior design, fashion, fine arts, travel, and culture. Though named after Place Vendome, an elegant square in Paris, Vendome Press is proudly headquartered in New York City. Some of their most recent books on architecture include Haute Bohemians, Life at the Top: New York’s Most Exceptional Apartment Buildings, Peter Pennoyer Architects, Outside In: The Gardens and Houses of Tichenor and Thorp, and New Classic American Houses.
Bloomsbury is an independent publishing house with offices in London, New York, Australia, and India. Founded in 1986, they have worked with many award-winning and bestselling authors, publishing thousands of books in various genres, including academic books, fiction, children’s literature, and non-fiction. They also have a wide selection of books on architecture for all levels, from students and general readers to professional architects and designers.
At the moment, Bloomsbury accepts unsolicited submissions in certain areas of interest, such as academics, education, science, music, and more. You can find a full list of subjects they are currently interested in here. If you have an idea for a book, you can contact the appropriate editor directly.
Founded in London in 1991, Laurence King Publishing is a leading international publisher that has worked with some of the world’s greatest illustrators, designers, photographers, and artists. They specialize in publishing books on the creative arts, fashion and beauty, architecture, film and animation, gardening, and more. Some of the architecture books they have published over the years include The Short Story of Architecture, A History of Western Architecture, Invisible Architecture, and Design Process in Architecture.
Laurence King Publishing is currently open for submissions. They are specifically looking for books in the areas of fashion and beauty, art and design, architecture, photography, film, popular culture, and practical art. If you have a book proposal that you’d like to submit, you can send it to their editorial team via email. Before you do, make sure you review their submission guidelines.
Papadakis Publisher is a London-based independent publishing company that mainly publishes books on architecture, art, and natural science. They are a family-owned company, and they pride themselves on creating beautiful books and collaborating with artists and authors who are experts in their fields. In addition to publishing architecture books, Papadakis is also responsible for creating the New Architecture magazine.
If you would like to collaborate with Papadakis Publisher, you can send them a proposal including a cover letter, a brief synopsis of your proposed project, sample images, and a sample chapter. Check out their submission guidelines for more information on what to include in your proposal. You can also reach them through their online inquiry form.
11. Lund Humphries
Lund Humphries has been publishing illustrated books since 1939. Their catalog spans various genres, but they mainly publish books for art enthusiasts, professionals, and specialists. They also publish books on the art business and architecture, and they regularly collaborate with galleries and foundations to create illustrated monographs and books about popular contemporary artists.
Lund Humphries is currently interested in receiving submissions from artists, writers, and galleries for books in the following areas: visual arts, architecture and design, and art business. Need help preparing your proposal? Check out their submission guidelines to learn about the key questions your proposal should answer, as well as information on where to send your proposal.
Dalhousie Architectural Press is an academic press based in Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Architecture and Planning. They primarily publish books on Canadian architecture and urban design. Their main goal as a press is to create a wider appreciation for Canadian architecture by providing talented authors and practitioners with opportunities to showcase their work.
Dalhousie Architectural Press currently welcomes proposals from authors and firms. All proposals will be subject to peer review. For more information on preparing your proposal for submission, check out their submission guidelines. If you have any questions about their submission process, you can reach them via email.
Douglas & McIntyre is an award-winning independent publishing company based in Canada. They publish books on a wide range of subjects, including architecture, business, Canadian culture, natural history, food and wine, health and fitness, fiction, cultural studies, and current affairs. Their current catalog includes many significant books on architecture, such as A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Montreal, Exploring Vancouver, Visions of British Columbia, and more.
Douglas & McIntyre currently welcomes submissions via their Submittable page. If your manuscript is accepted, the Douglas & McIntyre team will be in touch with you within two months. For more information, you can visit the submissions page on their website or you can contact them by phone or email.
14. Dundurn Press
Dundurn Press is another Canadian publishing company. Since their establishment in 1972, they have published more than 3000 titles, both in print and digital formats. They publish fiction and non-fiction across a variety of subjects, such as art and architecture, business, performing arts, reference and trivia, history, true crime, humor, poetry, and more.
If you are interested in submitting your work to Dundurn Press, you can send them a book proposal via email. For detailed instructions on what to include in your proposal, check out their submission guidelines here. If you have additional questions for the Dundurn Press team, feel free to contact them.
15. Wakefield Press
Wakefield Press is an independent book publisher based in Adelaide, South Australia. Publishing approximately 40 titles a year, Wakefield’s catalog spans different genres and subjects, including art, design, architecture, history, poetry, education, fiction, food, children’s literature, and the environment. Many of the books they have published over the years have gone on to win awards and have achieved bestseller status.
Wakefield Press is currently open for submissions in all their areas of interest except children’s books and poetry. If you are interested in submitting your work, you can take a look at Wakefield’s submission guidelines here.
Established in Melbourne in 1970, Thames & Hudson Australia publishes books on art, architecture and landscape design, photography, biography and literature, fashion, business and advertising, gardening, popular culture, and more. Since their founding, they have grown into one of the region’s leading publishers of illustrated books, showcasing the talents of authors and artists from Australia and New Zealand.
Thames & Hudson Australia currently welcomes submissions. If you are interested in getting your work published, you may submit a proposal accompanied by sample materials via email. If you’ve already submitted a proposal, you can expect a response from Thames & Hudson Australia’s editorial team within 6 to 8 weeks.
Founded in 1983, Images Publishing Group is a prestigious international publisher that specializes in architecture and design. They are the publisher behind the beautifully illustrated 21st Century Masters series, as well as the influential Master Architect series, earning the respect of architects worldwide. In addition to books on architecture and design, Images also publishes books on automotive design, garden design, fashion, travel, cooking, and photography.
If you have a book idea you think Images Publishing might be interested in, you can send them a proposal using their submissions form. You can also contact them via phone or email for general inquiries and other concerns. Images Publishing is headquartered in Melbourne, but they also have offices in New York, London, and Shanghai.
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