This book covers the topic of structures for buildings in a broad scope and from multiple
points of view. The primary purpose is to provide a reference for study for persons with
limited experience in the field and with interest in the general problems of design of
buildings. Presentations in the book are intended to be accessible to persons with limited
backgrounds in mathematics, science, and engineering.
The materials in this book are developed to serve two primary needs of readers. The
first is that of a text for study for courses within a collegiate program in building design.
The second is that of a study reference for preparation to take the exam for architectural
registration (ARE), as currently prepared by the National Conference of Architectural
Registration Boards (NCARB).

Because of the broad scope of the book, it is unlikely that its content can be covered in
a single course of instruction in a typical college-level term of 12–14 weeks. This depends,
however, on the type of course work. Traditional development of courses with example
computations for structural elements and systems requires considerable time if a range of
structural materials and types of structural elements are to be treated. If the purpose of
the study is limited to a general acquisition of understanding of basic concepts, issues,
and design problems—with no involvement in structural computations—more of the book
topics can be covered in a shorter time. The latter form of study may be undertaken in a
collegiate program and is the general case for those preparing for the ARE. A guide for
course instructors with suggestions for course organization and operation is provided on the
publisher’s website.


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