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Structural Competency for Architects

1st Edition

By Hollee Hitchcock Becker


324 pages | 318 B/W Illus.

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Structural Competency for Architects is a comprehensive volume covering topics from structural systems and typologies to statics, strength of materials, and component design. The book includes everything you need to know about structures for the design of components, as well as the logic for design of structural patterns, and selection of structural typologies.

Organized into six key modules, each chapter includes examples, problems, and labs, along with an answer key available on our website, so that you learn the fundamentals. Structural Competency for Architects will also help you pass your registration examinations.


'Architects learn structural calculations in school, but have little opportunity to practice those skills in daily work. Becker's book is the clearest text I have seen to help practicing architects remember "How do I do that?" Structural Competency for Architects offers step-by-step instructions to address all the common structural design tasks involved in typical buildings.' - Jeremy Fretts, Senior Project Architect, Niles Bolton Associates

'This is a comprehensive text that addresses every aspect of structural design in one volume […] It is a welcome addition to the literature of structure in architecture.' - Deborah Oakley, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, University of Nevada

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Statics and Strengths of Materials 1. Finding Reactions 2. Bar Forces in Trusses 3. Statics in Simple 4. Shear and Moment in Beams 5. Load Tracing 6. Simple Stress and Strain 7. Shear and Flexure in Beams 8. Deflection in Beams 9. Design of Beams 10. Design of Columns Part 2: Structural Design Principles 11. Structural Patterns 12. Design Loads 13. Horizontal Framing Systems 14. Lateral Bracing Systems 15. Structural Typology Part 3: Wood Design 16. Dimensional Lumber Design 17. Timber Design 18. Glue-Laminated Lumber Design Part 4: Steel Design 19. Wood connections 20. Steel Beam Design 21. Design of steel compression members 22. Steel Tension Design 23. Steel Baseplates 24. Steel Connections Part 5: Concrete Design 25. Concrete Beam Design 26. Concrete Slab Design 27. Doubly Reinforced beams and T-beams 28. Shear and deflection in Concrete Beams 29. Concrete Columns 30. Development Length 31. Concrete Walls 32. Footings 33. Precast and Prestressed Concrete Part 6: Masonry and Alternate Materials 34. Masonry Design 35. Alternate Structural Materials Conclusion Appendix Index

About the Author

Hollee Hitchcock Becker is an Assistant Professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where she teaches Structures and Environmental Design. With a BSCE in engineering and a Masters of Architecture, as well as a 30-year career in engineering, business and education, she understands the differences in learning styles between architects and engineers.

Subject Categories

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

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