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Architectural Drafting and Design, 6th Edition

  • includes CD-ROM
  • Alan Jefferis
  • David A Madsen, B.S., M.Ed.
  • David P. Madsen, B.S., M.S.
  • ISBN-10: 1435481623
  • ISBN-13: 9781435481626
  • 1088 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2001, 1996
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING AND DESIGN, 6E is the classic text for all architectural drafters and CAD operators, whether beginning, intermediate, or advanced. This full-color, comprehensive edition provides the basics of residential design, using various types of projects that a designer or architect is likely to complete during the actual design process and is written to meet the most recent editions of IRC and IBC. This book begins with information on architectural styles that have dominated the field over the last four centuries, followed by basic design components related to the site and structure. Commercial drafting, basic materials used for construction, common construction methods and drawings typically associated with commercial construction are all covered. An important feature of this best-seller is its step-by-step instructions for the design and layout of each type of drawing associated with a complete set of architectural plans, with projects that can be completed using either CAD or manual drawing methods. Readers will gain the knowledge needed to complete the drawings required by most municipalities to obtain a building permit for a single-family residence.


  • Updated organization. Streamlined from 47 to 45 chapters, the 6th edition is still extremely thorough covering all facets of architectural drafting and design. Additional supplementary content has been removed from the book and placed on the back-of-book CD to allow for a more readable and user-friendly format.

  • Includes fully up-to-date color photos, CAD-generated drawings, detailed floor plans, plus architectural sketches and renderings that focus readers on key architectural design principles and increase comprehension for visual learners.

  • Showcases sketches and drawings of professional drafters, designers, architects, and engineers to provide alternative presentation methods as used in industry.

  • Features expanded coverage of green construction, including new "Going Green" boxes that focus on up-to-the-minute information on the best and latest environmentally-friendly construction materials and techniques.

  • Includes a robust back-of-book CD that includes supplemental chapter readings, step-by-step layout drawings, chapter tests, checklists, drawing problems, drawing templates, architectural blocks and symbols, web links, video clips, review questions and a student workbook. CD icons located throughout the text prompt the reader to seek out additional information relating to chapter-specific topics found on the CD.

About the Author

Alan Jefferis

A prolific author and respected instructor, Alan Jefferis has taught drafting technology at Clackamas Community College, an Authorized AutoCAD® Training Center, for more than 31 years. Prior to that, Mr. Jefferis taught for four years at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. He brings a wealth of professional experience to his writing, including eight years of drafting for structural engineers and 35 years of residential designing. Mr. Jefferis is currently the principal owner of Residential Designs, a design firm specializing in custom, energy-efficient homes. He is a former Autodesk® Developer Network member and a former member of the A.I.B.D. Mr. Jefferis obtained his B.S. degree from San Diego State University in 1972 and has authored or co-authored numerous textbooks on architectural drafting and design and effectively working with AutoCAD.

David A Madsen, B.S., M.Ed.

David A. Madsen is an emeritus faculty member in drafting technology and the Autodesk Premier Training Center at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Oregon, where he also served as an instructor and department chairperson for nearly 30 years. In addition to his community college experience, David served as a drafting technology instructor at Centennial High School in Gresham, Oregon. He is a former member of the American Design and Drafting Association (ADDA) Board of Directors and was honored by the ADDA with Director Emeritus status at the annual conference in 2005. David is an Autodesk Authorized Author and has extensive experience in mechanical drafting, architectural design and drafting, and building construction. He holds a master of education degree in vocational administration and a bachelor of science degree in industrial education. He is the author of ENGINEERING DRAWING AND DESIGN, GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING AND TOLERANCING, and PRINT READING FOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY, and coauthor of ARCHITECTURAL AUTOCAD; ARCHITECTURAL DESKTOP AND ITS APPLICATIONS; ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING AND DESIGN; ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING USING AUTOCAD; AUTOCAD AND ITS APPLICATIONS: BASICS, ADVANCED, AND COMPREHENSIVE; AUTOCAD ARCHITECTURE AND ITS APPLICATIONS; AUTOCAD ESSENTIALS; CIVIL DRAFTING TECHNOLOGY; and PRINT READING FOR ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY.

David P. Madsen, B.S., M.S.

David P. Madsen is president of Engineering Drafting & Design, Inc., and vice president of Madsen Designs Inc. Dave provides drafting and design consultation and training for all disciplines and is an Autodesk Authorized Author. He has been a professional design drafter since 1996 and has extensive experience in a variety of drafting, design, and engineering disciplines. Dave has provided drafting and computer-aided design and drafting instruction to secondary and postsecondary learners since 1999, and he has considerable curriculum and program coordination and development experience. Dave holds a master of science degree in educational policy, foundations, and administrative studies, with a specialization in postsecondary, adult, and continuing education. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in technology education and an associate of science degree in general studies and drafting technology. Dave is the author of INVENTOR AND ITS APPLICATIONS and coauthor of ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING AND DESIGN, ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING USING AUTOCAD, AUTOCAD AND ITS APPLICATIONS: BASICS AND COMPREHENSIVE, CIVIL DRAFTING TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING DRAWING AND DESIGN, GEOMETRIC DIMENSIONING AND TOLERANCING, PRINT READING FOR ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY, and PRINT READING FOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY.

Table of Contents

1. Professionals Architectural Careers, Office Practice and Opportunities.
2. Introduction to Construction Procedures.
3. Architectural Drafting Equipment.
4. Drafting Media and Reproduction Methods.
5. Sketching Applications.
6. Architectural Lines and Lettering.
7. Computer-Aided Design and Drafting in Architecture.
8. Construction Specifications.
9. Guidelines and Required Codes that Affect Building Design.
10. Room Relationships and Sizes.
11. Exterior Design Factors.
12. Conservation and Environmental Design and Construction.
13. Site Orientation.
14. Legal Descriptions and Site Plan Requirements.
15. Site Plan Layout.
16. Floor Plan Symbols.
17. Floor Plan Dimensions and Notes.
18. Floor Plan Layout.
19. Electrical Plans.
20. Plumbing Plans.
21. Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning.
22. Roof Plan Components.
23. Roof Plan Layout.
24. Introduction to Elevations.
25. Elevation Layout and Drawing Techniques.
26. Millwork and Cabinet Technology, Cabinet Elevations and Layout.
27. Environmentally Friendly Framing Methods.
28. Structural Components of Framed Construction.
29. Design Criteria for Structural Loading.
30. Sizing Joist and Rafters Using Span Tables.
31. Determining Simple Beams.
32. Drawing Framing Plans.
33. Foundation Systems.
34. Floor Systems and Foundation Support.
35. Foundation Plan Layout.
36. Sectioning Basics.
37. Section Layout.
38. Alternate Layout Techniques.
39. Stair Construction and Layout.
40. Fireplace Construction and Layout.
41. Presentation Drawings.
41. S1(On CD) Perspective Drawing Techniques.
41. S2(On CD) Rendering Methods for Perspective Drawings.
42. Building Codes and Commercial Design.
43. Common Commercial Construction Materials.
44. Commercial Construction Project Drawings.
45. Structural Drafting.

New to this edition

  • Introduces LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System) and the 2008 National Green Building Standard™ published by the National Association of Home Builders and International Code Council”
  • Introduces the model codes that govern most construction in the United States, including the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC), the International Building Code (IBC) and the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
  • Discusses thoroughly the 2004 Edition of the MasterFormat numbering system published by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).
  • Includes CADD standards based on the National CAD Standard (NCS).


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 1435481658 | ISBN-13: 9781435481657)

: Offers end-of-chapter review questions and solutions to end-of-chapter problems. Solutions are provided for the workbook problems as well.

Instructor Resources CD  (ISBN-10: 1435481631 | ISBN-13: 9781435481633)

The Instructor Resource CD serves as an instructional resource and provides Lesson Plans by chapter, Chapter Hints, PowerPoint presentations, ExamView computerized Test Bank and Video and Animation Resources.

Drafting CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111429405 | ISBN-13: 9781111429409)

Interested in a simple way to complement your text and course content with study and practice materials? Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch reader comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need!

Student Supplements

Architectural Drafting and Design (Book Only)  (ISBN-10: 1111321787 | ISBN-13: 9781111321789)
Studyware CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 143548164X | ISBN-13: 9781435481640)

Although not new to the sixth edition, the student CD has new and improved content. There is a student CD icon found throughout the textbook guiding students to features found on the CD. The following features are found on the comprehensive student CD: supplemental chapter readings, step-by-step layout drawings, chapter tests, drawing checklists, drawing problems, drawing templates, architectural blocks and symbols, related web links, workbook, video clips of major concepts, and review questions.

Drafting CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111429405 | ISBN-13: 9781111429409)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. CourseMate includes: An interactive eBook with highlighting, note taking, an interactive glossary, and interactive learning tools, including: Homework, Quizzes, Flashcards, PowerPoint® presentations, and more!