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Architectural Drawing and Light Construction, CourseSmart eTextbook, 8th Edition

By Philip A. Grau, Edward J. Muller

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Jul 15, 2008

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For undergraduate courses in Architectural Technology, Architectural Design and Construction, Residential Architecture, Residential Design and Construction, Residential Design and Building Technology 


Streamlined and updated for the Eighth Edition, this classic text offers students significant flexibility because it covers both manual drafting and computer-aided drafting. Known for its superbly detailed drawings and information on every phase of light residential architectural design and construction, Architectural Drawing and Light Construction provides the most current information, including modern residential planning, computer-aided design, building codes, and specification writing.


Most of the drawing exercises can be assigned for either manual or computer-aided drafting approaches. The text features well-detailed coverage and drawings of every phase of light residential architectural design and construction – from site design and building programming to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing planning. The text also incorporates the latest National CAD standards for drafting and construction.

Table of Contents

1. Drafting Equipment and its Uses

2. Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

3. Lettering

4. Drafting Expression

5. Modular and Metric Drafting

6. Basic Technical Drawing

7. Axonometric and Oblique Pictorial Drawings

8. Freehand Sketching

9. Perspective Drawings

10. Shades and Shadows

11. Presentation Drawings and Rendering

12. Principles of Light Construction

13. Structural Member Selection

14. Typical Architectural Details

15. Basic Residential Planning

16. Building Models

17. Writing Specifications

18. Working Drawings of Small Homes

19. Residential Mechanical and Electrical Systems

20. Drawing a Small Commercial Building

Appendix A: Abbreviations Used in Architectural Drawings

Appendix B: Modular Vertical Brick Coursing

Appendix C: The Metric System in Construction

Appendix D: Tables from the Uniform Building Code

Appendix E: Span Tables for Wood Structural Members

Appendix F: Heat Loss/Gain Calculation Examples

Glossary of Construction Terms



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$79.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-501813-2