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Introduction to Structures

1st Edition

Edited by Paul W. McMullin, Jonathan S. Price


276 pages

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Introduction to Structures - the lead book in the Architect’s Guidebook to Structures series - presents structures in simple, accessible fashion through beautiful illustrations, worked examples, and from the perspective of practicing professionals with a combined experience of over 75 years. 

It introduces the student to, and reminds the practitioner of, fundamental structural design principles. Beginning by introducing structural forms in nature and history, the process of design, and selecting structural systems and materials, the book then moves onto statics, mechanics of materials, and structural analysis. The final chapter provides guidance on preliminary structural design, complete with decision criteria and design tables.

Edited by experienced professional structural engineers, with vital contributions from practicing architects, Introduction to Structures is fully illustrated, contains clear step by step examples and preliminary design guidance. Designed as a key textbook for introductory structures courses, it is also an indispensable reference for practicing architects.


"In an era of greater demand for building system integration, communication has never been more important. McMullin and Price provide a very accessible and basic primer for the education and practical application of structural engineering for architects. Maintaining practices as consultant engineers while teaching in both engineering and architecture, the authors have transcribed this experience into a very serviceable aid to architects for evaluating the initial selection of structural systems and estimating the dimensional attributes of component elements." - Prescott Muir, FAIA, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Utah, USA

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments List of Contributors Editor Biographies Introduction 1. Structures Around Us 2. The Design Process 3. Structural Systems 4. Structural Materials 5. Forces in Equilibrium 6. Statics - Moments in Equilibrium 7. Mechanics of Materials 8. Codes, Loads and the Art of Engineering 9. Analysis - Beams 10. Analysis - Plane Trusses and Frames 11. Preliminary Design List of Units List of Symbols Glossary Index

About the Editors

Paul W. McMullin is an educator, structural engineer, and photographer. He holds degrees in mechanical and civil engineering, and is a licensed engineer in numerous states. He is a founding partner of Ingenium Design, providing innovative solutions to industrial and manufacturing facilities. Currently an adjunct professor at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, USA, he has taught for a decade and loves bringing project-based learning to the classroom.

Jonathan S. Price is a structural engineer and adjunct professor at Philadelphia University in Pennsylvania, USA, honored with the Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from the University of Colorado, USA, and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA, and has worked in various capacities in a variety of design firms.

About the Series

Architect's Guidebooks to Structures

The Architect's Guidebooks to Structures series addresses key concepts in structures to help you understand and incorporate structural elements into your work. The series covers a wide range of principles, beginning with a detailed overview of structural systems, material selection and processes in Introduction to Structures; following with topics such as Concrete Design, Steel Design, Masonry Design and Timber Design to equip you with the basics to design key elements with these materials; and finishing with Special Structures Topics, presenting you with information on geotechnical considerations, retrofit, blast, cladding design, vibration and sustainability.

Designed as quick reference materials, the Architect's Guidebooks to Structures titles will provide architecture students and professionals with the key knowledge necessary to understand and design structures. Each book includes imperial and metric units, rules of thumb, clear design examples, worked problems, discussions on the practical aspects of designs, and preliminary member selection tables; all in a handy, portable size. Read more in the series blog:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials
ARCHITECTURE / Codes & Standards