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The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design, 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-64191-0
496 pages
December 2011
The Architect
The architect's favorite handbook—now in an up-to-date, new edition!

The Architect's Studio Companion is the labor-saving design resource that architects, engineers, and builders have relied on for years. Now in its Fifth Edition, this industry standard maintains its reputation as a reliable tool for the preliminary selecting, configuring, and sizing of the structural, environmental, and life safety systems of a building. Bestselling authors Edward Allen and Joseph Iano reduce complex engineering and building code information to simple approximations that enable designers to lay out the fundamental systems of a building in a matter of minutes—without getting hung up on complicated technical concepts.

Complete with a convenient flex binding that lies flat for easy use, The Architect's Studio Companion, Fifth Edition gives you quick access to reliable rules of thumb that offer vital help for the preliminary design of: structural systems; heating, cooling, and electrical systems; building code height and area limits; exit stairways and other egress provisions; accessibility regulations; surface parking and structured parking garages; and daylight provisions. Additionally, this new edition gives you:

  • The most current building codes in the United States and Canada
  • New coverage of passive heating and cooling systems
  • Guidelines for designing for natural ventilation
  • Extensively updated structural design guidelines

Packed with useful information, The Architect's Studio Companion, Fifth Edition is the definitive resource that no architect should be without.

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CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK 

SECTION 1
DESIGNING WITH BUILDING CODES 
1. DESIGNING WITH BUILDING CODES  

SECTION 2
DESIGNING THE STRUCTURE 
1. SELECTING THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM 
2. CONFIGURING THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM 
3. SIZING THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM  

SECTION 3
DESIGNING WITH DAYLIGHT  
1. DESIGN CRITERIA FOR DAYLIGHTING SYSTEMS 
2. CONFIGURING AND SIZING DAYLIGHTING SYSTEMS 

SECTION 4
DESIGNING SPACES FOR MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SERVICES 
1. SELECTING HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS FOR LARGE BUILDINGS 
2. CONFIGURING AND SIZING MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SERVICES FOR LARGE BUILDINGS  
3. PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS
4. MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS FOR SMALL BUILDINGS 

SECTION 5
DESIGNING FOR EGRESS AND ACCESSIBILITY 
1. CONFIGURING THE EGRESS SYSTEM AND PROVIDING ACCESSIBLE ROUTES 
2. SIZING THE EGRESS SYSTEM 
3. STAIRWAY AND RAMP DESIGN 

SECTION 6
DESIGN FOR PARKING 
1. DESIGN CRITERIA FOR PARKING
FACILITIES 
2. CONFIGURING PARKING FACILITIES 
3. SIZING PARKING FACILITIES 

SECTION 7
DESIGNING WITH HEIGHT AND AREA LIMITATIONS 
1. HEIGHT AND AREA LIMITATIONS 
2. HEIGHT AND AREA TABLES 

APPENDIX A
EXAMPLE USE OF THIS BOOK 

APPENDIX B
UNITS OF CONVERSION 
BIBLIOGRAPHY 
INDEX 

 

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Edward Allen, FAIA, has been a member of the faculties of Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has frequently taught as a guest at other institutions throughout the United States. He is the bestselling author of Fundamentals of Building Construction, Architectural Detailing, and Form and Forces (all from Wiley).

Joseph Iano is an author, illustrator, and practicing architect who has taught design and technology in schools of architecture throughout the United States. Currently, he heads a Seattle design firm that provides technical and quality management consulting. He is the coauthor with Edward Allen of Fundamentals of Building Construction.

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