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From ARCOM and The American Institute of Architects

A complete visual guide to choosing and using finishmaterials

In this unique guide, the authors of MASTERSPEC and ArchitecturalGraphic Standards join forces to offer architects vitalsingle-source access to the unbiased information they need toevaluate, select, and specify the best finish materials for anyjob.

This powerful visual resource combines hundreds of illustrationsfrom Architectural Graphic Standards with corresponding buildingmaterial performance and specification information from AIA'sMASTERSPEC, published by ARCOM. Use this book during the schematicand design development phases of a project and as an indispensableaid for product selection and specification.

Essential for architects, interior designers, and buildingdesigners, this vital reference provides information to makeinformed decisions about specific design goals, such asaffordability, environmental friendliness, durability, fireresistance, and esthetic success. Features include:
* Unique source of independent, in-depth building productperformance information-the one source that gives you reliablebuilding product information before you consult withmanufacturers
* Covers a full range of standard finish materials and includesselection criteria, details, typical product sizes, andinstallation and maintenance data
* Provides current standards based on research by government,association, and independent testing organizations as well as theinput of experienced architects and specifiers

"Architectural Graphic Standards has served the design communityfor decades as a virtual 'bible' for architectural detailing.MASTERSPEC Evaluations have long comprised one of the bestresources available for building product selection andspecification. Consolidating the strong points of both into thisnew desktop reference is an act of sheer brilliance!"
-Martin M. Bloomenthal, FAIA, CCS, CSI, Principal, The HillierGroup, Princeton, New Jersey
The gold-standard design and documentation reference for students

Architectural Graphic Standards, Student Edition condenses key information from the definitive industry reference to provide students with a powerful learning resource. Covering design and documentation for a variety of projects, this book offers extensive visuals backed by expert discussion to prepare students for work in a modern professional practice. This new 12th edition has been significantly updated to provide the latest information on important architectural developments and movements, with detailed coverage of sustainability, economy, technology, and more alongside current building standards and best practices. The companion website features sample curricula, student exercises, and classroom projects to aid the understanding of developing designers, and links to additional resources include professional associations, manufacturers' websites, and architectural articles to help students stay up-to-date as the field continues to evolve.

Architectural Graphic Standards is the gold-standard reference for practicing architects, engineers, and builders; this Student Edition introduces key elements in a way that's relevant to the budding designer, along with ancillary materials that facilitate internalization.

Delve into the design and documentation process for building materials and elements, as used in today's real-world practice Discover the latest advances in sustainability, digital fabrication, building information modeling, and more Learn the building standards and best practices for a wide variety of architectural details Examine thousands of illustrations, richly detailed graphics, PowerPoint slides, and links to additional resources

Simply "knowing" graphic and documentation standards is not enough; future architects and engineers must develop an instinctual understanding and reflexive use of much of this material. Architectural Graphic Standards, Student Edition provides the depth and breadth of coverage they need, and the expert guidance that will help them succeed.

The essential guide to beginning your career in architecture

The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice opens the door to the vast body of knowledge required to effectively manage architectural projects and practice. A professional architect is responsible for much more than design; this book is specifically designed to help prepare you for the business and administrative challenges of working in the real-world—whether you are a student or are just starting out in practice. It provides clear insight into the legal, financial, marketing, management, and administrative tasks and issues that are integral to keeping a firm running. This new edition has been restructured to be a companion textbook for students undertaking architectural practice classes, while also fulfilling the specific knowledge needs of interns and emerging professionals. It supplements information from the professional handbook with new content aimed at those setting out in the architectural profession and starting to navigate their careers. New topics covered in this new edition include: path to licensure, firm identity, professional development, strategic planning, and integrated project delivery.

Whether you want to work at a top firm, strike out on your own, or start the next up-and-coming team, the business of architecture is a critical factor in your success. This book brings the fundamentals together to give you a one-stop resource for learning the reality of architectural practice.

Learn the architect's legal and ethical responsibilities Understand the processes of starting and running your own firm Develop, manage, and deliver projects on time and on budget Become familiar with standard industry agreements and contracts

Few architects were drawn to the profession by dreams of writing agreements and negotiating contracts, but those who excel at these everyday essential tasks impact their practice in innumerable ways. The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice provides access to the "nuts and bolts" that keep a firm alive, stable, and financially sound.

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