Architectural Design Portable Handbook

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Architect's Portable Handbook by Pat Guthrie initiated the Portable Handbook series and has been very successful. It is essentially a technical guide - organized by CSI MasterFormat, it covers key code and standard information for building elements such as roofs and walls and key materials such as wood, concrete, and steel. Architect's Portable Design Handbook, by contrast, puts this essential information into context. It shows the architect how to work with clients, compile information, evaluate the site, explore design alternatives, evaluate user needs, work with CAD and other programs, integrate other engineering disciplines such as HVAC into a design, and make presentations. Together, these two invaluable guides are all that the architect needs to do architecture.

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Design Excellence in the Palm of Your Hand

A guide to creating meaningful architectural form, Architectural Design Portable Handbook grounds design in the real world. It summarizes, synthesizes, and systematizes the core tasks of design, integrating key information into a working context to facilitate optimal design solutions. Inside you'll find expert, time- and error-sparing coverage of:


* Core issues of design
* Working with clients
* Site analysis
* User-needs evaluation
* Information compilation
* Concept development
* Exploring design alternatives
* Computing and design
* Presentations

For seasoned practitioners, those first entering the field, and students alike, this unique design guide from noted architect Andy Pressman is likely to become a beloved tool. Accessible, useful, and full of value-added features such as quick tips and case studies, quotes from leading architects, checklists, and a customizable layout that encourages you to add your own helpful notes and reminders, Architectural Design Portable Handbook is a gift for architects to give themselves.

About the Author:

Andy Pressman (Albuquerque, NM) is a tenured professor of architecture at the University of New Mexico and the principal of Andy Pressman, AIA Architect. His work has been featured in more than 20 publications, including Architectural Record, Architecture, and the Washington Post. He holds B.A. degrees in architecture and building science from Rensselaer Polytechnic and a M.A. in design studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is board-certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and licensed in Maine, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, and Illinois. He is a member of the AIA.

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