son of the return of…


Very happy to report that after eighteen months of work, the new edition of Design-Tech: Building Science for Architects is in the final stages of production.  And it has an official page, which makes it feel like it will really happen.  March 1 is the current dock date…

The first edition, published in 2007, was a spruced-up version of the notes that Jason Alread and I put together for Iowa State’s graduate technologies program.  It got good reviews, was picked up by several programs, and served its purpose well.  But the last six or seven years have seen some big changes, and there were a ton of small things that we figured out how to teach better, or that we thought we could get across more clearly.  (And there was a typo or two…that foundations example is going to haunt me the rest of my days…)

So, when Routledge suggested a second edition, we were keen to do it.  Rob Whitehead, our tech colleague, re-wrote the structures section and put together new diagrams that will be even easier to follow.  We’ve included new chapters on digital fabrication, zoning,  & super-high rise construction.  And (a real coup) Ann Sobiech-Munson has added a chapter on specifications.  All in all, it should be more useful, more up-to-date, and good for another seven years or so.

Many, many folks to thank, including editors, production folks, and marketing gods at Routledge, but also the students who have dog-eared, marked-up, and post-it-noted copies over the years…the suggestions have all been appreciated and (mostly) incorporated.

Bonus points to the first correct identification of the cover…sort of like one of us signing every single copy….

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