For children with a passion for drawing, or dreams of creating buildings, this book explores how architects really work, taking the young reader through the entire process for planning and designing a house. Learn about an architect's four main drawings: the Site Plan, Floor Plan, Section, and Elevation?ncluding the concept of drawing each plan to scale. Aspiring architects discover design techniques, along with different, exciting architectural styles used today. All of this is brought to life in freehand, pen-and-ink architectural drawings that will inspire children to apply these lessons to their own designs. This book is the perfect introduction to architecture, revealing why buildings look and function as they do. While this creative book is ideal for the middle grades, ages 9-12, even adults will find it inspiring.
Barbara Beck is a licensed architect who lives in Annapolis, Maryland. She shares her studio and home overlooking the Chesapeake Bay with her husband, Rick, and her Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, Tommy. Originally from St. Louis, Barbara grew up drawing animals and houses, so it was only logical she would become an architect or a veterinarian. She chose architecture, earning her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. She has also combined her love of animals with her architectural background to establish a custom doghouse company. Artful Dogs, Architecture for Man? Best Friend has been featured on television, in newspapers, and magazines. This is Barbara? first architecture book for children.

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