The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design 6th Edition

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The time saving resource every architect needs

The Architect’s Studio Companion is a robust, user friendly resource that keeps important information at your fingertips throughout the design process. It includes guidelines for the design of structure, environmental systems, parking, accessibility, and more. This new sixth edition has been fully updated with the latest model building codes for the U.S. and Canada, extensive new information on heating and cooling systems for buildings, and new structural systems, all in a form that facilitates rapid preliminary design. More than just a reference, this book is a true companion that no practicing architect or student should be without.

This book provides quick access to guidelines for systems that affect the form and spatial organization of buildings and allows this information to be incorporated into the earliest stages of building design. With it you can:

  • Select, configure, and size structural systems
  • Plan for building heating and cooling
  • Incorporate passive systems and daylighting into your design
  • Design for parking and meet code related life safety and accessibility requirements

Relying on straightforward diagrams and clear written explanations, the designer can lay out the fundamental systems of a building in a matter of minutes―without getting hung up on complicated technical concepts. By introducing building systems into the early stages of design, the need for later revisions or redesign is reduced, and projects stay on time and on budget. The Architect’s Studio Companion is the time saving tool that helps you bring it all together from the beginning.


Acknowledgments vii

How to Use This Book ix

Section 1 Designing with Building Codes 1

1. Designing with Building Codes 3

Section 2 Designing the Structure 19

1. Selecting the Structural System 21

2. Configuring the Structural System 37

3. Sizing the Structural System 55

Section 3 Designing with Daylight 139

1. Design Criteria for Daylighting Systems 141

2. Configuring and Sizing Daylighting Systems 151

Section 4 Designing Spaces for Mechanical and Electrical Services 159

1. Selecting Heating and Cooling Systems for Large Buildings 161

2. Configuring and Sizing Mechanical and Electrical Services for Large Buildings 185

3. Passive Heating and Cooling Systems 221

4. Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Small Buildings 239

Section 5 Designing for Egress and Accessibility 265

1. Configuring the Egress System and Providing Accessible Routes 267

2. Sizing the Egress System 301

3. Stairway and Ramp Design 317

Section 6 Designing for Parking 333

1. Design Criteria for Parking Facilities 335

2. Configuring Parking Facilities 343

3. Sizing Parking Facilities 355

Section 7 Designing with Height and Area Limitations 369

1. Height and Area Limitations 371

2. Height and Area Tables 391

Appendix A Example Use of This Book 479

Appendix B Units of Conversion 485

Bibliography 487

Index 489

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