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  • Turtleback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc. (16 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592531938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592531936
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia McMorrough is an award-winning American architect, who holds a Bachelor degree in architecture from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science in Architecture from Columbia University. She has been the design architect for a wide range of project types, including hospitals, libraries, and university buildings. She is currently practicing as a partner of studioAPT, and lives in Ohio.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Sheppard on 28 Feb. 2007
Format: Turtleback
Packed with potentially useful information, good for quick references, but probably more useful if your are in the USA, as everything is defined/explained in US terminology, and all measurements are in imperial (with some equivalents in metric).

Slightly more detail in some areas than the equivalent 'Architects Pocket Book' and a lot more graphical overall, although less sections covered, and the blue pages may put you off the colour for life!!

Overall, if you're looking for a handy reference guide for home/office/studio, I'd recommend buying both books, but they both 'do what it says on the tin', and you'll probably find that Baden Powell's Pocket Book will be the one that travels with you, especially if you're in Europe not the USA!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on 7 Aug. 2009
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I had my fair share of books through university to tell me the standards of everything. Who can be bothered to get out a tape measure everytime you need to know the length of a table or height of a chair when you can have books that tell you in an instant. This book goes one step further telling you the things they try to teach you but you always end up forgetting and have to ask EVERY time you need to create a presentation sheet. Very useful, it goes everywhere with me
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So useful for referencing and easy to understand. Wish I had this at the start of my degree!! Will definitely be a keeper.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great little reference! 11 Feb. 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Turtleback
This is a wonderful little reference book of architectural data, something like what you would imagine Graphic Standards would be if you reduced it to its most useful 10%, and organized it better. The material is clear, concise, and beautifully presented. In fact a book so graphically striking and thoughtful is fairly rare for a reference book.

I think the book would be useful to have around any office, but because of the introductory or foundational nature of some of the material (for example how to lay out a drawing sheet, numbering conventions) I think the book would be most useful to an architecture student or intern.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Handy Introduction to Architectural Details 29 Nov. 2006
By Marco Antonio Abarca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Turtleback
This book immodestly bills itself as a unique compilation of useful information for architects. It is devided into six sections dealing with Measure and Drawing, Proportion and Form, Codes and Guidelines, Systems and Componenets, Characteristics of Materials and a catchall final section entitled a Compendium. In turn, each section is illustrated with wonderful line drawings and quick run downs of architectural details.

I am doubtful that any architect or engineer would find this book helpful in their practice. The level of detail their professions require cannot be found in this slender volume. They rely on detailed, encyclopedic volumes of construction details.

This book is meant for architectural enthusiasts and non-professionals. I would recommend it highly for an owner who is overseeing a bulding project. This book is helpful in translating architectural and building terms into easily understood language. This volume would also be helpful to entry level general contractors, interior designers and people trying to design their own homes. This book is a well written introduction to an area of study that requires years of training and access to very detailed volumes of architectural details.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
an architecture student's best friend 27 Jan. 2008
By S. Feng - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Turtleback
architectural graphic standard ALWAYS checked out in the library? and all you need to know is how wide the turning radius needs to be for this stupid parking lot? yea i've been there billions of times. my friends at school all started buying this book as a quick reference and it has great information inside. it's by no means exhaustive, but it definitely has enough to get a student by. the information is written and organized in a very accessible way. i highly recommend this book
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Every Interior Designer Should Own One! 25 Sept. 2006
By San Fran Chas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Turtleback
I came across this book by accident, took it home, and immediately started using it that evening for an interior design project. I can finally remove all of the post-it notes from the colossal, "Time-Saver Standards" book and get to work without hunting any further. Genius!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great quick reference... 5 Oct. 2007
By Rotating_Head - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Turtleback
The person who reviewed this book and gave it two stars was definitely unaware of what the book was meant to be. I would NEVER replace graphic standards or any other set of architectural data. However, it is a WONDERFUL quick reference guide for people just starting out in the field. It gives some easy ADA info, some AIA sheet numbering, and other easy to use reference material. I agree with the person that said an architecture student and intern would get the most use out of it. That said, it should be on every student's and intern's studio desk.
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