19 Best Books on Building Drawing

We have compiled a list of the Best Reference Books on Building Drawing, which are used by students of top universities, and colleges. This will help you choose the right book depending on if you are a beginner or an expert. Here is the complete list of Building Drawing Books with their authors, publishers, and an unbiased review of them as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase them. If permissible, you can also download the free PDF books on Building Drawing below.

1. Building Drawing

1."Civil Engineering Drawing and House Planning" by B P Verma
“Civil Engineering Drawing and House Planning” Book Review: This book gives an idea of the application of engineering drawing principles on civil engineering sciences. This book is designed for undergraduate students of civil engineering for a single semester elementary course. The books provide basic knowledge of drawing offices, rooms, doors, etc. The book contains detailed instructions on accepted standards. It also contains questions from university exams. The questions will help students in learning the exam level. It will also increase their level of proficiency. The contents of the books are obtained from architects and civil engineers.

2."Building Planning and Drawing" by S S Bhavikatti and M V Chitawa
“Building Planning and Drawing” Book Review: This book discusses the planning of buildings. Drawings have to be made first in order to get a layout of the building. While planning to build, ventilation, thermal comfort and acoustic requirements. It must also satisfy the standards along with the rules and regulations of the authorities. To plan for building, economy and future extension of the area must also be considered. This book discusses the requirement for the course of diploma and degree courses. This book can also be used by the practising engineers as a reference.

3."Building Planning and Drawing" by Rao and Swami
“Building Planning and Drawing” Book Review: This book is considered as a language for engineers and architects. This book is designed for the students of civil engineering. The book is revised and updated with a thorough knowledge about the subject. The book is also updated with clarified figures and drawings. The book has added three chapters such as climate and its influence on building planning, perspective drawings and computer aided drawing. The book contains short questions along with the answers.

4."Building Drawing with an Integrated Approach to Built Environment" by Shah
“Building Drawing with an Integrated Approach to Built Environment” Book Review: This book is a collection of case studies. It includes award winning designs from different fields. The fields can be urban designs, architectures, structural designs. It can also be buildings and landscape architectures. These case studies will give the students an idea about the challenges facing in planning. The book also includes project works which are related to the urban environment. It is also related to architecture, construction and drawing. These project works will increase the imagination,inventiveness and creativity in the students.

5."Draw 50 Buildings and Other Structures: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Castles and Cathedrals, Skyscrapers and Bridges" by Lee J Ames
“Draw 50 Buildings and Other Structures: The Step-by-step Way to Draw Castles and Cathedrals, Skyscrapers and Bridges” Book Review: this book gives an idea of how to draw step-by-step with ease. The book discusses the way of drawing famous structures including an igloo, a barn and silo, etc. It also shows the way of how a windmill or even a teepee can be drawn. The book also gives an idea of the techniques to increase the ability of an artist. The book simply gives an idea that any building can be drawn easily if it’s done in the draw 50 way.

6."Drawing and Design of Resisential and Commercial Buildings" by S Kaleem A Zaidi
“Drawing and Design of Residential and Commercial Buildings” Book Review: This book is designed for the student of all engineering branches. This book is revised with the S.I. units. Metric units have maintained the diagrams of standard train of railway as well as highway bridge loads. The book also discusses that the expressions needed to determine the effective width of elements are given in SI units. It is given along with the respective expression in metric units. The book contains free body diagrams which are used to analyse the multistorey building related to lateral loads. Students appearing for competitive examinations and practicing civil engineers can use this book as a reference.

7."Building Construct. Details Prac. Drawings" by Banz
8."Building Construction: Project Management, Construction Administration, Drawings, Specs, Detailing Tips, Schedules, Checklists, and Secrets O" by Department of Mechanical Engineering Gang Chen
“Building Construction: Project Management, Construction Administration, Drawings, Specs, Detailing Tips, Schedules, Checklists and Secrets O” Book Review: This book is regarding the building design tips for construction and management. It is written in an easy language. The book discusses the way of handling issues that arises in architectural practices and building design and construction. The book acts as a guidebook for architects to master architectural practice. This book will guide on developing businesses with clients. It also contains information of coordinating with governing bodies. The book provides a checklist for quality control of construction documents. It also guides on making a profitable and successful architectural practice. The book can be used as a reference by architectural students, drafters designers, etc.

9."Building Construction Illustrated" by Francis D K Ching
“Building Construction Illustrated” Book Review: This book gives the basic information of the principles of building construction. It is an updated edition with digital enhancements. The book also shows how building components integrate together in the final project through 3D models. The book contains clear and accurate drawings. It gives a clear understanding of the art in construction processes. This updated version of the book contains knowledge on sustainability. It also contains knowledge on the incorporation of building systems and use of new materials. Designers and drafters are inspired by the archetypal drawings. The 20212 International Building Codes and 2012 LEED system are reflected in this book.

10."A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)" by Christopher Alexander
“A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction(Center for Environmental Structure Series)” Book Review: This book discusses pattern language which is useful for designing any kind of building or environment. The language can provide answers for questions on the height of the window or the number of storeys for a building. It can also give answers to the amount of space needed to grow trees and grass in a neighborhood. Each pattern consists of a problem statement along with a solution. Patterns are archetypal so they are part of human nature and action.

2. Civil Engineering Drawing and Estimation

1."Civil Engineering Drawing and Design" by D N Ghosh
“Civil Engineering Drawing and Design” Book Review: This book is written in a very student friendly manner and all the concepts in the book are presented in a clear and concise way. The entire syllabi of civil engineering diploma, draughtsmanship courses of all the State Boards for Engineering and Technical Education and Industrial Training Institutes of all the states of India are all covered. This book is ideal for any student taking civil engineering degree courses. Practicing Engineers and contractors would definitely find this book useful.

2."Civil Engineering Drawing" by Gurcharan Singh
“Civil Engineering Drawing” Book Review: This book is designed for architectural and Civil Engineering students, practicing architects and consultants. It expounds on the most advanced methods of planning, designing and scheduling. A lot of helpful plans for various types of building are included. Some of the topics included in the book are town planning, introduction to architecture, principles of architectural composition, building bye-laws,site selection,principles of planning and buildings,sun and the buildings,design of residential buildings,design of educational buildings,hospitals and dispensaries, hotels, shopping centre and banks,industrial buildings,buildings for recreation,government offices and other buildings,buildings services,management of construction works and network analysis C.Br.M. And PERT.

3."A Course in Civil Engineering Drawing" by V B Sikka
“A Course in Civil Engineering Drawing” Book Review: This book covers so many fundamental topics in civil engineering such as draughtsmanship and engineering drawing,conventional representations, scale and abbreviations. The book is divided into three sections. The first section covers concepts relating to building details such as building drawing, planning and design,masonry,foundations, plinth, damp proof and basement,floors,forms of arches,partition walls,doors and windows, roofs, stairs and staircases.The second section covers public health engineering. The third section expounds on irrigation.

4."Estimating,Costing,Specification and Valuation In Civil Engineering" by M Chakraborti
5."Estimating and Costing in Civil Engineering: Theory and Practice Including Specifications and Valuations" by UBS Publishers & Distributors
6."Construction Cost Estimating: Process and Practices" by Holm Leonard and E Schaufelberger John
“Construction Cost Estimating: Process and Practices” Book Review: This textbook is designed to help undergraduates understand key concepts in construction cost estimating. It explains the necessary cost estimating principles and techniques used in modern commercial construction. It also explains theory, types of estimates, estimating procedures and contractual aspects and presents practical tips on how to estimate. This book teaches students how to prepare their estimates and the fundamental skills needed to excel in the construction industry. It shows the methods for developing three separate types of estimates: a budget estimate while developing the design, a guaranteed-maximum-price estimate for a cost-plus contract and a bid for a lump-sum contract. There are summary,review questions and exercises in every chapter.

7."Cost Estimation of Structures in Commercial Buildings" by Surinder Singh
“Cost Estimation of Structures in Commercial Buildings” Book Review: This book focuses on cost estimation in the science field. There are more than two hundred charts that can be used to help prepare cost estimates for the required constituent quantities of a given structure. The student using the book would learn how to prepare comparative cost estimates and evaluate the effects of changes in design parameters on quantities and costs. Readers would also learn how to create approximate structural costs for a certain design, how to check the estimates for structural works and how to calculate the quantity index for structural works.

8."Developing the Log Frame Cost Estimation Tool" by Gennady Podolskiy
“Developing the Log Frame Cost Estimation Tool” Book Review: This book explains key concepts and acts as a guide for the creation process. It is written in a beginner-friendly style.The two types of cost estimation; manual type and automatic type (using a created tool) are compared. The benefits of using the program developed by using the combination of the Microsoft Excel and integrated development environment – Visual Basic are listed. The book was designed for people interested in learning the broad concepts of the program creation process.

9."Introduction to Cost Estimation" by Subhendu Moulik and Frank Feely
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