Constructing a brick cavity wall buildingDetails_Brick_Veneer_On_Steel.htmlDetails_Brick_Veneer_On_Steel.htmlshapeimage_1_link_0
MA Sample Wall Details, Check out Detail sets ‘C,’ ‘E,’ and ‘F.’
Graphic conventions for technical drawings and detailsGraphic-Conventions.htmlGraphic-Conventions.htmlGraphic-Conventions.htmlGraphic-Conventions.htmlshapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1shapeimage_3_link_2

The six homework assignments are 85% of your grade.  15% of your grade is based on the effectiveness of your participation in the in class assignments.

Homework is due at the beginning of class on the date indicated. Homework turned in late will automatically receive a lower grade, and it will go to the ‘back of the line’ for marking behind work that is turned in on time.

Homework submitted out of class is by either .pdf format to Jennifer McGrory or by hard copy in Jennifer’s school mail box.

Unexcused absences are grounds for receiving a failing grade

Fall Meetings are 7:15 to 10:15 PM on Mondays.

320 Newbury Street, Room 307.

The Boston Architectural College - TM632 / 7632 - Designing Architectural Details - Fall 2010 and Spring 2011


John Pilling

Jennifer McGrory

Designing Details - Summary Fall 2010

April 17, 2012



John Pilling

Pilling + Smith Architects

617.491.2247 voice

office e-mail

school e-mail

Jennifer McGrory

Austin Architects

617 441 8500 voice

office e-mail

We’re available by phone from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Friday and by email at all times.

Time & Location

You need access to these publications, but you don’t have to buy them.  They’re in the BAC LIbrary as well as many offices.  There are new Editions this year.

Other Resources

Upstairs, Downstairs
- Witold Rybczynski
Analysis checklist forms from ‘The Codes Guidebook for Interiors’ by Harmon and KennonSummary_files/analysis%20forms.pdf
Building a skyscraper after 9/11 - BBC news
Fall 2011 SummarySummary_2011-12.html
Powerpoint presentation of Taliesen WestSummary_files/taliesin%20west.ppt







Building Codes Illustrated

Timesaver Details for Exterior Wall Design

Architectural Graphic Standards

Classes and Homework

Envelope applications revisitedDetails_Envleope_Wrap-up.htmlDetails_Envleope_Wrap-up.htmlshapeimage_28_link_0

Design Problem: “Would you like fiction or non-fiction with that decaf?  PROPOSAL FOR A COMBINATION BRANCH LIBRARY / COFFEE SHOP

“The Fire” -  Flickr

Class 1:

What is good detail design & how does it fit into comprehensive design?

Class 2:

How do detail designs affect personal comfort and safety?

Class 3:

What is the purpose of the building envelope

Class 4:

How do detail designs affect a building’s behavior in a catastrophe?

Class 5:

How do ‘green principles’ affect detail design?

Class 6:

What are components of a building envelope design?

Class 7:

Revisiting class topics in terms of comprehensive design

Class 8:

How have I increased my understanding of the detail design process?

For classes 2,4 & 7

Ipswich Boathouse Fire - youtube
102 Minutes - 
NY Times

For classes 3,5,6 & 7

Whole Building Design Guide
Double Skin Façades
The Gypsum Construction Handbook - USG
Fire Resistance Design Manual, Sound Control Gypsum Systems - Gypsum Association (accessible through BAC library)

Sweets Network

Primary Resources

Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Office BuildingsSummary_files/AEDG_SmallOfficeBuildings.pdf

Photovoltaic Systems Resources

Ventilated Wall System Resources

Specific Class Materials

Homework 7: Update Homeworks 1 through 4 based on comments

Architectural Working Drawings