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Building Science for Architects, 2nd Edition

By Jason Alread, Thomas Leslie, Robert Whitehead


600 pages | 426 B/W Illus.

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Design-Tech is an indispensable, holistic approach to architectural technology that shows you in hundreds of drawings and tables the why as well as the how of building science, providing you with a comprehensive overview. In this expanded edition, measurements and examples are listed in both metric and imperial units to reflect the global reality of architectural practice. The authors also address digital fabrication, construction documentation, ultra-high-rise structures, and zoning codes. And there's more in-depth coverage of structural design and greater emphasis on environmental forces. Numerous case studies demonstrate real-world design implications for each topic, so that you can integrate technical material with design sensibilities.

Short chapters explain each topic from first principles in easy-to-reference formats, focusing on what you need to know both at the drawing board and in future discussions with engineers, contractors, and consultants. This new edition incorporates material from continuing curricular experimentation in the SCI-TECH sequence at Iowa State University, which has been recognized with awards and funding from the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.


Design Tech brings a refreshing approach to building technology systems and provides historical context, specification, measurement, and updated tools to students and practitioners.

Alison Kwok, Professor at University of Oregon

It provides the exact right amount of building technology information, clearly and concisely delivered, for architecture students.

Donna Kacmar, Associate Professor at University of Houston

The 2nd edition of Design Tech provides a comprehensive overview about the nuts and bolts of design in a single reference. The authors have distilled the most relevant information making it ideal for those interested in architectural design

Kevin Dong, Professor at California Polytechnic State University

With Design Tech we finally have the book that effectively extends building technology (teaching) into design studios and professional practice. A must have for students and young professionals.

Andrzej Zarzycki, Associate Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology

Design-Tech is how I wish I had learned first principles of building technology: integrated, intuitive, and imaginatively illustrated.

Ryan E. Smith, Director ITAC, University of Utah

Table of Contents

Section 0: Data 0.1 Human Factors 0.2 Basic Human Comfort 0.3 Climatology 0.4 Solar Geometry Section 1: Pre-Design 1.1 Programming 1.2 Site Analysis 1.3 Site Ecology 1.4 Zoning and Building Codes Section 2: Circulation 2.1 Life Safety 2.2 Accesibility 2.3 Stairs and Ramps 2.4 Elevators and Escalators Section 3: Materials 3.1 Wood 3.2 Masonry 3.3 Steel 3.4 Glass 3.5 Concrete 3.6 Aluminum 3.7 Composite Materials Section 4: Structures 4.1 Forces, Loads, and Equilibrium 4.2 Stress and Strain 4.3 Shear and Bending 4.4 Beams: Shape and Strength 4.5 Slabs: Behavior and Assemblies 4.6 Column Design 4.7 Foundations: Substructures and Soil 4.8 Frames and Connections 4.9 Long Spans 4.10 High Rises Section 5: Building Components 5.1 Building Envelope 5.2 Curtain Walls 5.3 Interior Finishes 5.4 Site Finishes and Construction 5.5 Detailing 5.6 Custom Fabrication 5.7 Digital Fabrication 5.8 Specifications Section 6: Building Services 6.1 Environmental Control: Passive Ventilation 6.2 Environmental Control: Active Ventilation 6.3 Environmental Control: Illumination 6.4 Plumbing 6.5 Environmental Control: Acoustics 6.6 Electrical and Data

About the Authors

Jason Alread, AIA, LEED AP, is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of Graduate Education at Iowa State University.

Thomas Leslie, AIA, is the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at Iowa State University.

Rob Whitehead, AIA, LEED AP, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design