The Architects Guide to Writing: For Design and Construction Professionals

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Images Publishing, 2014 - Всего страниц: 160

There are a lot of good books available to help people write better. They include dictionaries, usage guides, and various types of writers’ manuals – and professional writers ought to have many of those books on their bookshelves. But most architects and other design and construction professionals are not professional writers. Instead, they are people who spend a large part of their professional lives writing. That’s a big difference, and that’s where this book will help. The Architect’s Guide to Writing has been written not by an English major, but by Bill Schmalz, an architect who knows the kinds of documents his fellow professionals routinely have to write, and understands the kinds of technical mistakes they often make in their writing. This book is designed to meet the specific needs of design and construction professionals. It’s not going to waste their time with the things that most educated professionals know, but it will help them with the things they don’t know or are unsure of. It’s not a Chicago Manual-sized encyclopaedic reference that includes everything any writer would ever need to know, because architects don’t need to know everything. But what they do need to know – and what they use every day in their professional lives – has been assembled in this book.

 

 

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Chapter 1 Why We Write
10
Chapter 2 Keeping Up With a Changing Language
12
Chapter 3 The Slippery Sidewalks of Grammar
17
Chapter 4 Verb Irregularities
28
Chapter 5 Words and Their Meanings
36
Chapter 6 Handle These Words With Care
44
Chapter 7 Spelling
52
Terminators
62
Chapter 14 Developing a Lean Writing Style
102
Chapter 15 Sentences and Paragraphs
112
Chapter 16 Specifications
119
Chapter 17 Email
123
Chapter 18 Writing Internationally
126
Chapter 19 Editing Your Draft
128
Chapter 20 The Right Look
138
Chapter 21 Do You Need a House Style?
148

Organizers
67
Connectors
78
Odds n Ends
85
Chapter 12 Writing Numbers
90
Chapter 13 Names and Titles
97
Chapter 22 Facing the Blank Screen
152
Chapter 23 Final Words
154
Bibliography
156
Index
158
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Bill Schmalz, AIA, is a principal in the Los Angeles office of Perkins+Will. Since joining the firm in 1980, he has led teams on a wide variety of project types, including healthcare, education, research, transportation, and commercial. His expertise is in contract documentation, contract administration, and construction cost management. In addition, he has been teaching writing classes to the firm's project architects since 2009.

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