Building Structures 3rd Edition is a comprehensive reference for architects that covers the basics of structural analysis and design. Structural design is an essential element of the building process, yet one of the most difficult to learn. While structural engineers do the detailed consulting work for a building project, architects need to know enough structural theory and analysis to design a building. Most texts on structures for architects focus narrowly on the mathematical analysis of isolated structural components, yet this book looks at the general concepts with selected computations to understand the role of the structure as a building subsystem, without the complicated mathematics. New to this edition:
- Complete discussion of the LRFD method of design, supplemented by the ASD method
- The fundamentals of structural analysis and design for architects
- A glossary, exercise problems and a companion website, along with an instructor's manual
- Material ideally suited for preparing for the ARE exam
Profusely illustrated throughout with drawings and photographs, and including new case studies, this book is perfect for nonengineers to understand and visualize structural design.