American Architects and the Single-Family Home: Lessons Learned from the Architects' Small House Service Bureau, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

American Architects and the Single-Family Home

Lessons Learned from the Architects' Small House Service Bureau, 1st Edition

Edited by Lisa M. Tucker


210 pages

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American Architects and the Single-Family Home explains how a small group of architects started the Architects’ Small House Service Bureau in 1919 and changed the course of twentieth-century residential design for the better. Concepts and principles they developed related to public spaces, private spaces, and service spaces for living; details about the books they published to promote good design; as well as new essays from contemporary practitioners will inspire your own designs. More than 200 black and white images.


"A fascinating walk through the rise and fall of the Architects’ Small House Service Bureau and the change in attitudes about ‘home’ that were supported, and then dismissed, by design professionals. The drawings, details, photographic images and perspectives included provide a unique insight into the development of the American home." - Cynthia Mohr, Professor and Chair, University of North Texas, USA

Table of Contents

Foreward 1. An Overview of Single-Family Houses in the U.S. 2. An Introduction to the ASHSB and their Designs 3. Site, Form and Style 4. Spaces for Living and Entertainment 5. Functional Living Spaces 6. Private Spaces for Living 7. The ASHSB and Interior Design 8. Residential Architecture and Implications for the Future 9. Design Principles of Small Homes Bibliography Image Credits

About the Editor

Lisa M. Tucker, Ph.D., has been a practicing interior designer and architect for 20 years with a specialization in sustainability and historic preservation. She is an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and teaches courses on lighting, building systems, and upper level design studios and is the Program Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator for Interior Design. She holds degrees in architecture and architectural history from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri–Columbia in architectural studies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Residential
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design