Structure for Architects: A Case Study in Steel, Wood, and Reinforced Concrete Design is a sequel to the authors’ first text, Structure for Architects: A Primer, emphasizing the conceptual understanding of structural design in simple language and terms. This book focuses on structural principles applied to the design of typical structural members—a beam, a girder, and a column—in a diagrammatic frame building. Through the application of a single Case Study across three key materials, the book illustrates the theory, principles, and process of structural design. The Case Study progresses step-by-step for each material, from determining tributary areas and loads through a member's selection and design.
The book addresses the frequent disparity between the way architects and engineers perceive and process information, with engineers focusing on technical aspects and architects focusing on visual concepts. Structure for Architects: A Case Study in Steel, Wood, and Reinforced Concrete Design presents readers with an understanding of fundamental engineering principles through a uniquely thematic Case Study. Focusing on the conceptual understanding of structural design, this book will be of interest to architecture students and professionals looking to understand the application of structural principles in relation to steel, wood, and concrete design.
"Structure for Architects - A Case Study in Steel, Wood, and Reinforced Concrete Design is a descriptive and well organized text that outlines the basics of structural design. I was pleasantly surprised by the impact of the illustrations and their ability to reinforce the content of each chapter. The case studies show the application of theory and serve as a guide for general design principles. It is a fantastic tool for introducing architects to the world of structural design."
Structural Engineer at Murray Engineering PC
Engineering Professor at New York Institute of Technology
"The authors have succeeded in presenting an excellent resource for understanding the fundamental principles of structural engineering that serves to benefit both practicing architects and architectural students as well as providing a refresher for more experienced engineers. As technological advancements have moved our profession to an increased reliance on computerized solutions to complex structural problems, it is important to maintain touch with basic engineering concepts as applied to the design of steel, wood, and reinforced concrete framing. This reference book provides a firm platform for achievement of that result."
Thomas J. Michon, P.E.
"This work represents an impressive, well thought-out, concise and simplified approach to structural design. The break-out of simplified load diagrams, appropriate formulae, their application, and material studies, allow for ease or understanding and retention. This book should be owned by every architectural student, intern and practicing architect."
Wendell C. Edwards, RA, PhD, NCARB
New York City college of Technology
"The case studies illustrate a workflow and parametric thinking that integrates design, structure and materials. It is a valuable tool for Architects to analyse and solve problems methodically."
Chair of the Department of Architectural Technology
"Structures for Architects offers a comprehensive overview on the principles of design for three major structural materials: steel, wood and reinforced concrete. The content is presented in a clear, intuitive and visual manner, and includes valuable case studies that help illustrate and enhance the concepts. An excellent reference and teaching tool for students of architecture."
Ivan Markov Ph.D.
Spitzer School of Architecture
"This volume builds on the authors' previous Primer to provide a valuable and engaging set of texts for teaching structures for architecture students. The endeavor has been informed by years of classroom experience, a passion for the subject, and an intuitive understanding of the power of visual representations to convey structural principles. The variety and clarity of the many illustrations -- photographs, diagrams, rendered axonometrics, and especially the beautiful and tactile hand sketching -- is a great strength of the book. The authors know how to exploit the curiosity of the visual thinker and invite the type of exploration that leads to a genuine understanding."
New York City College of Technology
The City University of New York
Case Study – Design in Steel (ASD)
6.2.ASD Beam 3
6.3.ASD Girder B
6.4.ASD Column B2
Case Study – Design in Steel (LRFD)
6.2.LRFD Beam 3
6.3.LRFD Girder B
6.4.LRFD Column B2
ASD / LRFD Discussion
Case Study – Design in Sawn Wood
Case Study – Design in Engineered Wood
Case Study – Design in Reinforced Concrete
Appendix 1. AISC STEEL CONSTRUCTION MANUAL
Appendix 2. NATIONAL DESIGN SPECIFICATION (NDS) FOR WOOD CONSTRUCTION
Appendix 3. ACI 318: BUILDING CODE REQUIREMENTS FOR STRUCTURAL CONCRETE
Appendix 4. BEAM DIAGRAMS AND FORMULAE