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"Exceptional for what it does
"If I were becoming an architect, I'd want this on my bookshelf... but actually it wouldn't be there long. I'd have it opened every day! Table of Contents alone is an education in what's important and where to go. All in all, it's a thorough and yet digestible treatment about becoming an architect from which any student, intern and even newly licensed professional could glean helpful information and advice."
"Gang Chen hits it on the spot!
"In a world of books that contain the words Architectural Practice, Gang Chen's book stands apart. They say the time it takes for a person to decide if a technical book is good or not is a few minutes. Go to any page of this book and you will find something useful. When I made the transition from school to a full time job at an Architectural firm, every day was a nightmare since I would find a hundred things that I didn't know. I wish I had this book at that point. This is a must read and must have for someone making this transition from education to real world practice. Architecture is not just about design but all also the numerous other processes which make it a whole. "Architectural Practice Simplified" makes you aware of those processes which you were not taught at school.
I could write a long essay about why you should buy this book, or I can summarize it one sentence. True to its title, this book does simplify the practice of Architecture into its most simple blocks! Architectural Practice Simplified: A Survival Guide and Checklists for Building Construction and Site Improvements as well as Tips on Architecture, Building Design, Construction and Project Management"
-Prashanth K. Mahakali
"Mother of all Handy books
"An excellent "handy book," Building Construction by Gang Chen. It is probably the only book that can be kept as a guide by both, a student and a practicing professional. It not only talks of codes and standards but also makes an attempt to simply the Architecture profession for the students and the fresh graduates. It subtly hints and prepares you for the jump from academic Architecture to professional practice.
Project Management, Codes, Logs, Forms, Checklists, Standards, Spec writing tips, punch lists, types of bids and every possible detail you can think of from Project inception to Design Development and from Bidding to completion.
Language is simple, well illustrated and easy to understand which I have always found with Gang Chen's material. I am currently using it for my ARE and find it quite helpful. I have also used his LEED books for my exams and have cracked them with ease. A must-have and mother of all handy books."
"Wonderful Desktop Resource
"When I became aware of this book, I knew I wanted a copy. To think that any book would be able to provide a comprehensive reference of that which is architecture is pure folly, but Chen's 'Building Construction' is a wonderful desktop reference.
I believe the book will prove to be of great value to interns and to design/build firms...
In my `previous life', I was responsible for training all sales and research personnel for an international construction data group and I really wish I had this book back then."
"Concise Compilation of Architectural Office Processes
"Having worked in a variety of offices for architects, engineers and construction firms of various sizes, I have become more and more aware over the years that there's a lot of content covered over the course of an education centered around the AEC industry which seems to be overseen by academics, leaving students ill-prepared for actual work in offices. Typically, internships and professional practice courses attempt to remediate this problem, but more often than not, they are insufficient in providing students with the necessary
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Very Helpful , Clear & Precise, Handy Tool for entry level project management people