Exercises in Building Construction, Fourth Edition
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EDWARD ALLEN, AIA, has taught for more than thirty years as a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University, and as an invited guest at institutions in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He has designed more than fifty constructed buildings, and is the author of The Architect’s Studio Companion, Architectural Detailing, Fundamentals of Residential Construction, and Shaping Structures: Statics, all published by Wiley.

JOSEPH IANO has been Edward Allen’s illustrator, collaborator, and coauthor for more than twenty years. He is a registered architect whose experience includes professional practice, teaching design and technology in numerous schools of architecture, and work in the construction trades. Currently, he heads a Seattle firm that provides technical consulting to architects and others in the design and construction industry.


Getting Started with the Exercises.

1. Making Buildings.

2. Foundations.

3. Wood.

4. Heavy Timber Frame Construction.

5. Wood Light Frame Construction.

6. Exterior Finishes for Wood Light Frame Construction.

7. Interior Finishes for Wood Light Frame Construction.

8. Brick Masonry.

9. Stone and Concrete Masonry.

10. Masonry Loadbearing Wall Construction.

11. Steel Frame Construction.

12. Light Gauge Steel Framing.

13. Concrete Construction.

14. Sitecast Concrete Framing Systems

15. Precast Concrete Framing Systems.

16. Roofing.

17. Glass and Glazing.

18. Windows and Doors.

19. Designing Cladding Systems.

20. Cladding with Masonry and Concrete.

21. Cladding With Metal and Glass.

22. Selecting Interior Finishes.

23. Interior Walls and Partitions.

24. Finish Ceiling and Floors.

Teach Yourself to Build.