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BECOMING AN ARCHITECT

The great thing about publishing the second edition of a book is that you can quote the plaudits from the appearance of the first edition. Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession hits the bullseye twice with rave reviews on the back from Richard Meier and Cesar Pelli. The first edition appeared in 1985, so it was high time author Roger K Lewis updated it. Lewis straddles both practice and education, an essential requirement for a book wh ich a ims bo th to te l l young peop le how they will be trained as architects and to relate this to the requirements of the job once they qualify.

The book is written with a degree of realism and genuine love of the subject which should both enthuse the cynic and bring the dreamer down to earth. The cartoons are a little antiquated but otherwise it is easy to see why this book has become a must for the aspirant architect. The only caveat, and it must be a big one, is that it is written for a US audience. Since it deals in great detail with both the education system and with practice, a reader in the UKmay gain something from the general outlook but will have constantly to remember that there will be differences in the way things are done here.

Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession is published by the MIT Press and costs £25.50 (cloth) and £13.95 (paperback).

DEMENTIANAL ANALYSIS

Theory and lists of how to and how not to do things are all very well but a good case study can provide far more enlightenment. This is the structure adopted by a book on designing for dementia built around 20 case studies from the UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, France, the Netherlands and (about half of them), Australia. There are brief introductions form the three editors - Stephen Judd, chief executive of Australia's Hammond Care Group; Professor Mary Marshall, director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling; and Peter Phippen, a director of PRP Architects. The case studies are structured under a number of headings, with plans and comments from the editors. Each study is preceded by a short list of reasons for its selection.

In her introduction, Professor Marshall writes: 'This book arises from an increased awareness that the built environment can have a fundamental effect on a person with dementia: probably greater than on people who are mentally fit.'

Design for Dementia costs £49.50 from the Journal of Dementia Care , Hawker Publications, 13 Park House, 140 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 4NB, fax 0171 498 3023.

LIGHT AND BOUNDARIES The RICS has published new editions of two books by John Anstey. Rights of Light and How to Dea l w ith Them (£13.00 + despatch) aims to help the reader understand when a problem is serious enough to need the involvement of a specialist, and when it is so straightforward that calling in a consultant is simply a waste of money. The new edition includes revision to the chapter on trees, and a new chapter on planning. The appendix of interesting and relevant cases has been extended.

Boundary Disputes and How to Resolve Them (£10.50 + despatch) considers ways of finding out where a boundary is or was. It offers guidance on the practical aspects of finding lost boundaries, and advice on the law.

It is intended to help anybody involved in a boundary dispute.

Both books are available from RICS Books Mail Order, tel 0171 222 7000, fax 0171 334 3851, e-mail covbooks@rics.org.uk.

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