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Architectural Graphics [Paperback]

by Francis D. K. Ching
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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October 28, 2009 0470399112 978-0470399118 5

Francis D.K. Ching's architectural bestseller, thoroughly updated

Since 1975, Architectural Graphics has been a bestselling classic that has introduced countless students of architecture and design to the fundamentals of graphic communication. Featuring Francis D.K. Ching's signature graphic style, it illustrates how to use graphic tools and drafting conventions to translate architectural ideas into effective visual presentation. This Fifth Edition has been updated to reflect the latest drawing techniques helping it remain the leading book on the topic.

  • The latest edition of the classic book on architectural drawing by the master of architectural communication
  • Over 500,000 copies sold of previous editions
  • Revised and expanded to include more information on computer-generated graphics and the latest drawing conventions for architectural representation
  • The author is world-renowned for his numerous architecture and design books, including Architecture: Form, Space, and Order; A Global History of Architecture; Interior Design Illustrated; Building Codes Illustrated; and Building Construction Illustrated, all from Wiley.

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"One book that has become a trusted source for teaching architects how to do it right is Francis D.K. Ching's Architectural Graphics. Now in its fifth edition, it offers the essential drawing tools, principles, and techniques that architects use to communicate their ideas. It expands upon the wealth of illustrations and instructions that have made this book a classic, and guides readers through the subtleties of translating architectural ideas into vivid visual representations. Readers will learn Ching's renowned methods through: coverage of multiview drawings, paraline drawings, and perspective drawings; techniques for drawing section views of building interiors; strategies for rendering tonal value, enhancing pictorial depth, and conveying the illumination of spatial environments; approaches for developing the layout of architectural presentations; freehand sketching and diagramming; and so much more. This beautiful fifth edition of Architectural Graphics from Francis D.K. Ching clearly represents the complexity of architectural concepts in an intuitive graphic manner that benefits anyone interested in maintaining the highest standard of the profession of architecture." (San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review, March 27, 2010)

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Updated edition of the architectural graphics bestseller
More than 500,000 copies sold

Architectural Graphics offers the essential drawing tools, principles, and techniques designers use to communicate architectural ideas. In this Fifth Edition, Francis D.K. Ching expands upon the wealth of illustrations and instructions that have made this book a classic, and guides readers through the subtleties of translating architectural ideas into vivid visual representations.

Readers learn Ching's renowned methods through:

  • Coverage of multiview drawings, paraline drawings, and perspective drawings

  • Techniques for drawing section views of building interiors

  • Strategies for rendering tonal value, enhancing pictorial depth, and conveying the illumination of spatial environments

  • Approaches for developing the layout of architectural presentations

  • Freehand sketching and diagramming

  • And much more

This beautiful Fifth Edition of Architectural Graphics clearly presents the complexity of architectural concepts in an intuitive graphic manner that benefits anyone interested in maintaining the highest standard of the profession.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (October 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470399112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470399118
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual guide to Architectural Drafting. June 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Architectural Graphics covers a huge range of fields within Architectural Drafting, and Presentation. From perspective to plans, this book has it all. Excellent for beginners, it is a visual, easy to understand guide to Drafting.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential for any architect or student November 1, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A fabulous survey of the conventions of architectural drawing in an easily referenced, concise format. Adequately covers the basics of orthographic, paraline, perspective, and rendering techniques. Good for the first time student just learning, or the experienced architect looking for a brush up.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for architecture students February 23, 2002
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This is a great resource for learning how to produce good architectural drawings. It is oriented around hand drafting, but the concepts and ideas are important for good, readable CAD drawings as well. My first year studio professor made everyone buy this book. It was money well spent!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For School August 27, 2012
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I bought this book for my Architecture class which was required, but if it was not required I would have bought it anyways because it is a great book that shows you everything you need to know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Summarizes the best of Chings Graphics Advice January 23, 2010
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I'm a second year architecture student and I've already collected a dozen or so books on graphics and techniques. Whats good about this book is contains most of Ching's best tips all in one thin desk reference. Very useful. Very Practical.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Architecture student must have February 7, 2013
By Afelle
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Priceless addition to the serious architecture student's reference library.Any book by Dr. Ching is a worthwhile investment in your education.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not my thing February 27, 2014
By Brandon
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I thought this book would be about Architectural Graphics. It is really about sketching. Which would be nice if people still used that as the primer means for engineering but they don't anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bible to Undergraduate Architecture February 19, 2014
By phamv
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Basically just that. D.K. Ching texts are favorable to most accredited arch programs because they cover the basics in a straightforward way. Use this mostly as a reference guide rather than actual reading material. Has lots of images and diagrams too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful!!!
This book became very helpful with learning the techniques and showing examples that were a requirement for my class :).
Published 2 months ago by Brandon Pickett
5.0 out of 5 stars if purchasing this for class esp at the university of Houston don't...
if purchasing this for class esp at the university of Houston don't buy it. you wont use it. im sure its informative but i dont know because i never opened it.... not once. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Polli Bush
3.0 out of 5 stars class book
this book was for a class. it arrived on time and in the condition it was stated to be in. what more can you say about a class book
Published 6 months ago by Jordan Foley
3.0 out of 5 stars book
the book came as expected and on time , one thing I was under the impression that the book was, a new book I WAS WRONG.
Published 6 months ago by ,rodney W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book for Architectural College Course
My son needed this book for his architectural class for college. Book was reasonably priced and because it's paperback, easier for him to carry around campus. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deirdra Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Purchase!
If you're just starting off as an Architecture student, this is a great book for you! Now I am a second year student and I still appreciate going through it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Micky
4.0 out of 5 stars long time usage
My graphic communication instructor said that she had bought this book and still using it. As an architecture student I recommend for you to buy this book for your drawing... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Melike
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good text by this author
Ching's books, such as this one, have always provided useful, clear and simple-to-understand texts for studio courses at the entry level in architecture.
Published 12 months ago by Elliott Dudnik
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Excellent!! I would recommend this book to anyone who is going into architecture and for those who wants to brush up on their architecture graphics.
Published 12 months ago by Zafrie Zainuddin
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE FOR ARCH MAJORS
If you didn't quite catch that last technique your professor demonstrated, this book definitely picks up the slack. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cindy
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