Brunelleschi's Dome, by Ross King is the story of how Florence's great dome was built. At the time, it was thought to be an impossible feat, but Filippo Brunelleschi (who wasn't even an architect or builder) developed a new technique to allow such a long span to be constructed with the technologies of the time. The technique was so perfect that the dome has survived hundreds of years.
This story will hit home with many architects. The struggle to get your work built is something every architect feels at some point in their career - especially when they are working on projects that attempt to break the norm or push the boundaries of what can be constructed. This book is a fascinating read that will provide great inspiration to any architect, whether they are new to the field or have been around for years.
This is a great book to give to an architect with an interest in architectural history. It is also a great gift idea for someone who enjoys reading about the lives of successful people. It would also be interesting to architects with an interest in structures or an interest in the science behind constructing buildings.