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School of Architecture Book of the Semester: Spring 2021

This event guide is to provide supplemental information about Alain de Botton & his book The Architecture of Happiness. The book was selected as the Book of the Semester for Spring 2021.

Book of the Semester Spring 2021

In Spring 2021, The College of Architecture, Art, and Design: School of Architecture (S|ARC) launched a new Book of the Semester initiative. The Book of the Semester is a reading that has attracted major public and professional interest and is essential for every architect, experienced or aspiring, to read and know about. This Spring, S|ARC faculty picked The Architecture of Happiness (2006) by Allain de Botton for the entire school to enjoy, learn from, and discuss. We are joined by the Shackouls Honors College, Institute for the Humanities, Mississippi State University Libraries, Arts and Sciences, and Department of Psychology in our excitement to read and spread the word about this book.

“An ugly room can coagulate any loose suspicions as to the incompleteness of life, while a sun-lit one set with honey-coloured limestone tiles can lend support to whatever is most hopeful within us. Belief in the significance of architecture is premised on the notion that we are, for better or for worse, different people in different places – and on the conviction that it is architecture’s task to render vivid to us who we might ideally be.” – Alain de Botton

Professor Jake Gines, S|ARC, says:

“Meant to be a reflective text more than an accounting of architectural history, The Architecture of Happiness provides a lens through which one might appreciate and understand the ambitions and resultant works of architects operating within the constructed world. The author makes a necessary case that architecture matters – to all of us. Particularly for our architecture students, I believe that a patient, honest and open reading of this text will enliven within them a more dedicated commitment to, and abiding love of, their chosen profession of architecture.”


S|ARC book of the semester poster Spring 21


You may check the book out from the College of Architecture, Art, and Design Library or purchase a copy on Amazon.