The Architect's Guide to Writing for Design and Construction Professionals

Images Publishing

Bill Schmalz

  • 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. Thats a big difference, and thats where this book will help.

    The Architects 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. Its not going to waste their time with the things that most educated professionals know, but it will help them with the things they dont know or are unsure of. Its not a Chicago Manual-sized encyclopaedic reference that includes everything any writer would ever need to know, because architects dont 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.

  • ISBN: 9781864705720

    Dimensions: 210mm x 148mm

    Page Count: 128

    Publication Date: April 2014

    Colour: Full Colour

  • archtoolbox

    Bill Schmalz has crafted an entertaining book that is full of general rules for writing as well as specific rules for writing about architecture and construction. The book is very informative, but it is also written in a manner that makes a boring topic entertaining with jokes, quips, and comical sketches throughout. Check it out here - October 2014

    A Daily Dose of Architecture

    John Hill's review of this title appears on Archidose, 'The book functions like a crash course in getting reacquainted with written English in order to write more clearly, free of jargon, and primarily free of errors...' - September 2014

    Great spread on this title can be found on following link to ArchDaily blog! - August 2014

    Specifier Magazine

    Ironically, despite being largely visual and tectonic professions, design and construction professionals spend much of their time writing. From letters to proposals, reports, emails, specifications and contracts, written documents often dominate professional life. Despite most writing fairly well, few have received formal training in punctuation, grammar and precise word usage. Written by architect Bill Schmalz, The Architect's Guide to Writing seeks to remedy that. Rather than being an encyclopaedic tome suitable for a professional writer, this one-stop reference for design and construction professionals concentrates on the things that designers and architects frequently get wrong. Concise, clear and casually written, this guide should be on every industry professional's bookshelf. - August  2014


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