Wrapping Up Holiday Shopping?
MAF Suggestions for Architecture-Related Gifts


With the holidays right around the corner – how about gifting those on your shopping list a gift that will pique their curiosity about Michigan architecture and the built environment? Our curated list features a number of books, toys and other gifts, to help build their library, their imaginations, and their awareness of architecture.

All are available on amazon.com; don’t forget to use AmazonSmile and select Michigan Architectural Foundation as your charity of choice before you complete your purchases. Read more about Amazon Smile later in this article.


Architecture Toys

SmartLab Archi-TECH Electronic Smart House 2020, Multicolor

Thames & Kosmos Architectural Engineering | Science Experiment & Model Building Kit

Engino Discovering STEM Structures Constructions & Bridges

Arckit A10043 Go Plus 2.0, Kids Scale Model Building Kit

Building Blocks Set for Kids, DIY Master of Architecture Wooden Castle Blocks, STEM Toy with Minifigures

3DUX DESIGN Modern House Architecture Set. DIY Design, Build & Paint Toy for Kids STEAM Education

MindWare World of Dots: Architecture Toy

Magnetic Building Blocks Set for Kids or Toddlers, Educational Construction Toys

Magnetic Building Blocks Stacking Block Sets

Arckit 360 Architect Model Building Kit

3Dux/design Fire Station Architecture Set – DIY Design, Build & Paint Toy for Kids STEAM Education

AESGOGO Creative Fort STEM Building Toy Kit for Kids 120 Pieces

WODI Wooden Building Blocks, 60 PCS STEM Educational Natural Wood Toys

K’NEX Architecture: Golden Gate Bridge – Build IT Big – Collectible Building Set for Adults & Kids 9+

Mr. Pen- House Plan, Interior Design and Furniture Templates, Drafting Tools and Ruler Shapes for Architectur

Floor Plan Home Design Game

Engino Discovering Stem: Levers, Linkages & Structures Building Kit

Arch•Kid•Tech Greek Façade – Architectural Building Blocks Set for Learning History and Ancient Building Techniques

Arckit A10055 Little Architect Scale Model, White

MindWare KEVA Wood Planks

KEVA Structures 200 Plank Set

Learning Resources City Engineering and Design Building Set, Engineer STEM Toy, Construction Toys

Playz Skylab Adventure Monster Chain Reactions Marble Run Science Kit STEM Toy with Race Tracks

RAINBOW TOYFROG Straw Constructor STEM Building Toys 300 pcs Interlocking Plastic Educational Toys

LEGO Architecture London Skyline Collection 21034 Building Set Model Kit and Gift for Kids and Adults

LEGO Architecture Collection: The White House 21054 Model Building Kit, Creative Building Set for Adults


Michigan Architecture Books

Great Architecture of Michigan by John Gallagher (photographs by Balthazar Korab); a publication of Michigan Architectural Foundation.

American City: Detroit Architecture, 1845-2005 by Robert Sharoff

Alexander Girard, Architect: Creating Midcentury Modern Masterpieces by Deborah Lubera Kawsky

Mid-Michigan Modern: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie by Susan J. Bandes

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America by Amy Arnold and Brian Conway

Lost Detroit by Cheri Y. Gay

Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture by Michael G. Smith

The Historic Architecture of Bay City, Michigan by Dale Patrick Wolicki

Lighthouses of Northwest Michigan by Susan Roark Hoyt

Alden B. Dow: Midwestern Modern by Diane Maddex

Buildings of Michigan by Kathryn Bishop Eckert

Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

Art Deco in Detroit by Rebecca Binno Savage

Frank Lloyd Wright in Michigan by A. Dale Northup

Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity by John Gallagher

Michigan’s Heritage Barns by Mary Keithan

Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations by Michael H. Hodges

Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City by Jeff Morrison

Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship by Marla O. Collum, Barbara E. Krueger, and Dorothy Kostuch

AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture by Eric J. Hill and John Gallagher

Michigan One-Room Schoolhouses by Mary Keithan

Catholic Churches of Detroit by Roman Godzak

The Guardian Building: Cathedral of Finance by James W. Tottis

Teaching and Designing in Detroit by Stephen Vogel (Editor), Libby Blume (Editor)

The Buildings of Detroit: A History by W Hawkins Ferry

Grand Estates of Grosse Pointe by Katie Doelle (Author), Kay Agney (Foreword)


Help Support MAF by Shopping with AmazonSmile

Did you know your amazon.com purchases can help support MAF and its programs? Simply use AmazonSmile and select Michigan Architectural Foundation for your purchases – during the holidays AND year-round.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a service provided by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as with Amazon.com. When you shop with AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to MAF as the charitable organization of your choice.

How to Support MAF Through Your Amazon Smile Purchases:

  • Visit smile.amazon.com (not amazon.com) and follow the instructions provided
  • Select Michigan Architectural Foundation as your charity of choice for all of your Amazon purchases
  • Each time you make a purchase, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Michigan Architectural Foundation