Francis D.K.Ching brings his trademark presentation to the structural design studio with this major new work co-authored by Barry Onouye and Douglas Zuberbuhler.
Taking a new approach to strucural design, Ching and his co-authors show how structural systems of a building -- as an integrated assembly of elements with pattern, proportions, and scale -- are related to the essential aspects of architectural design: formal and spatial composition, program fit, coordination with other building systems such as enclosure and mechanical systems, code compliance, etc.
No other work by Francis D.K. Ching brings together so many aspects of architectural design as an integrated reference. Designers, builders, and students alike will gain a new understanding of structural principles and planning, without the need for mathematics.
Using Ching's trademark presentation, Structural Patterns is illustrated throughout with line drawings to present the essential presence of structural systems in buildings, but also helps the reader make informed decisions for architectural design.
"Ching and his co-authors show how structural systems of a building - as an integrated assembly of elements with pattern, proportions, and scale - are related to the esential aspects of architectural design; formal and spatial composition…They bring together many aspects of architectural design as an integrated reference." (MCEER Information Service, October 2009)
Francis D.K. Ching is a registered architect and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the bestselling author of numerous books on architecture and design, all published by Wiley. His works have been translated into more than sixteen languages and are regarded as classics for their renowned graphic presentation.
Barry S. Onouye is a registered engineer and Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the University of Washington, where he taught courses on structural design in the College of Built Environments. He is also the author of Statics and Strength of Materials for Architecture and Building Construction.
Douglas Zuberbuhler is a registered architect and Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the University of Washington, where he taught architectural design and graphics. He also served as chairman of the Department of Architecture and Associate Dean of the College of Built Environments.