How often will Architectural Graphic Standards be updated?


Architectural Graphic Standards Online will receive regular updates with new content and details several times a year.

Why is Architectural Graphic Standards the professional authority in building design and construction?


This comprehensive resource provides an extensive collection of planning standards, optimum dimensions, and normative construction details. The book is organized into three core sections covering design and documentation, materials, and building elements.

AGS content covers everything architects and designers need to know:

• Key architectural design and production processes—functional planning, environmental assessment, building resiliency, and architectural construction documentation
• Thorough coverage of building materials including concrete, masonry, metals, wood, plastics, composites, and glass
• An exhaustive survey of building elements including substructures, shells, services, equipment, furnishings, special structures, and siteworks
• Comprehensive appendices provide quick access to need-to-know data such as mathematical data, structural calculations, and classic architectural elements

Endorsed by the American Institute of Architects, this definitive edition continues the unsurpassed reputation for accuracy and quality. Providing practitioners with confident answers, in a user friendly format, Architectural Graphic Standards remains the professional authority in building design and construction.

What’s new in the 12th Edition of the print book? Where can I purchase or get more information on Architectural Graphic Standards 12E?


AGS content has been fully updated for the new printed 12th edition, and, for the first time, it is also available as Architectural Graphic Standards Online: a fully searchable online tool with downloadable, ready-to-edit CAD drawings for immediate use in design and presentation software.

Featuring twenty-five percent new content—including over 300 new drawings, tables, and designs—AGS content has been updated to employ shorter, more accessible text. New coverage includes building resiliency and the building envelope, expert discussion on the fundamentals of design and construction documentation, and a new examination of environmental factors and material properties and performance. Sustainable design is no longer separated, but fully integrated throughout, and extensive appendices keep the most useful data right at your fingertips

Click here for additional information on the book or pre-order a copy directly from Wiley or your preferred online retailer.

What are the benefits of an Architectural Graphic Standards Online subscription?


Graphic standards are essential to building design. They cover everything from door frames and roof designs to air ducts and outdoor sports facilities. As a go-to guide for over eight decades, AGS is the authority for architects, designers, and building contractors. Providing objective graphic standards, it concentrates on the core knowledge of architectural design and the creation of the built environment. AGS provides architects with the knowledge to understand the elements of a building as well as the implications of technology and construction as part of the design process.

Times have changed, and architects now spend a majority of their day on screen with only seconds available to search for the essential information required for design. With that in mind, AGS has liberated its content from the confines of a binding and the limits of its previous electronic formats to become a highly searchable online tool. Though it still remains available in print to provide users with information in the medium of their choice, the online version fully acknowledges that as an indispensable source for design and technical information, AGS needs to reflect the practices of architects today and give them the resources they need to get a job done quickly and efficiently.

Furthermore, in the newest iteration, we’ve incorporated UniFormat™ organization, which promises to make AGS more user-friendly. Those filters will be added to the online version making for easy searching. Additionally, because UniFormat™ generically defines a total facility by functional components, users can browse information for developing a specific building element in one location.

Architectural Graphic Standards content is endorsed by the American Institute of Architects, so you can use any of the thousands of illustration, charts and design knowledge instructions with confidence.

Can I share details with other users?


No, unedited details downloaded directly from Architectural Graphic Standards Online are not shareable.

However, your subscription to Architectural Graphic Standards Online allows you to download and incorporate thousands of details directly into your design presentation software, allowing you to share with colleagues and clients.

Why does it matter if graphics are generic?


As design work products have evolved into design intent documentation and become more generic, explaining the actual building construction has become highly dependent upon contractor coordination of drawings and manufacturers’ information.

As building codes have recognized these changes in construction documentation, they have codified some manufacturers’ installation instructions for building products as requirements to provide the minimum information necessary to construct buildings and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Accessing the generic details found in AGS online allows modern design professionals to complete tasks more efficiently without having to spend precious hours altering details found on manufacturers’ sites to fit the needs of their projects.

What will be updated on the site? Will you have historic details on the site?


There are other great titles in the Graphic Standards line, and we hope to bring those to soon. We do also hope to be able to include classic details that were present in previous editions, but didn’t make it into the 12th edition of Architectural Graphic Standards.

Be on the lookout for additions from great titles like:

  • Landscape Graphic Standards
  • Interior Graphic Standards
  • Planning and Urban Design Graphic Standards
  • Architectural Graphic Standards for Residential Construction

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CAD Files

The DWG and DXF files on this site were created using Autodesk’s AutoCAD 2004. Previous versions of AutoCAD are not supported. The DGN files found on this site are specific to Microstation 2004 and later and may also be used in AutoCAD 2009 and later. Users of compatible software from other manufacturers may also use these files.

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