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Recent Faculty Book Publications


School of Public and International Affairs

Break All the Borders: Separatism and The Reshaping of the Middle East

Since 2011, civil wars and state failure have wracked the Arab world, underlying the misalignment between national identity and political borders. Break all the Borders examines the separatist movements that aimed to remake those borders and create new independent states. In Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Libya, separatist movements served as key allies against radical Islamic groups. Yet their hopes for international recognition have gone unfulfilled. Separatism is symptomatic of the contradictions in sovereignty and statehood in the Arab world. Finding ways to integrate, instead of eliminate, separatist movements may be critical for rebuilding regional order.

Publisher: Oxford University Press (February 6, 2019)


School of Architecture + Design

Non-Referential Architecture

This book is a manifesto that brings together two leading thinkers who have grappled with this problem since 2005. More than ever, architecture is in need of provocation, a new path beyond the traditional notion that buildings must serve as vessels, or symbols of something outside themselves. In a world that increasingly rejects ideologies of any kind, the authors offer non-referential architecture as a radical, new approach free from rigid ideologies. Non-referential buildings, they argue, are entities that are themselves meaningful outside a vocabulary of fixed symbols and images and their historical connotations.

Publisher: Park Books (August 15, 2019)


School of Architecture + Design

Drawing Imagining Building: Embodiment in Architectural Drawing Practices

Drawing Imagining Building focuses on the history of hand-drawing practices from the Renaissance up to the first half of the twentieth century to capture some of the most crucial and overlooked parts of the process. Using 80 black and white images as illustrations, it examines architectural drawing practices to elucidate the ways drawing advances the architect’s imagination. Combining systematic analysis across time with historical explication presents the development of hand-drawing, and grounds early modern practices in their historical milieu. By documenting some ways of thinking through practices of architectural hand-drawing, it describes how practices can enrich the architect’s ethical imagination.

Publisher: Routledge (April 15, 2019)

RALPH P. HALL (co-author)

School of Public and International Affairs

Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development Transforming the Industrial State

This book offers a unified, transdisciplinary approach for achieving sustainable development in industrialized nations. It also presents an insightful analysis of the current unsustainability of industrial states and how economic and social welfare are related to the environment, to public health and safety, and to earning capacity and meaningful and rewarding employment. The authors argue for the design of multipurpose solutions that integrate economics, employment, technology, environment, industrial development, national and international law, trade, finance, and public and worker health and safety. This book is for those interested in policy or scholarship on the roles of the economy, employment, and the environment on sustainable development.

Publisher: Routledge (August 14, 2018)

ANNIE R. PEARCE (co-author)

Myers-Lawson School of Construction

Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure: Paths to the Future

Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure provides students with an introduction to the principles and practices of sustainability as they apply to the construction sector, including both buildings and infrastructure systems. As a textbook, it is aimed at students taking courses in construction management and the built environment, but it is also designed to be a useful reference for practitioners involved in implementing sustainability in their projects or firms. Case studies, best practices, and highlights of cutting-edge research are included throughout, making the book both a core reference and a practical guide.

Publisher: Routledge (January 27, 2018)


School of Architecture + Design

How Drawings Work: A User-Friendly Theory

How Drawings Work cheekily explains that what architects make is information that enables other people to make buildings. That information comes in a variety of forms: drawings by hand and computer, models both physical and virtual, and words as needed. The book reflects in witty prose on the nature of architectural drawings as tools of communication, pulling from a diverse and eclectic landscape of theories from grammar, functional linguistics, philosophy, art criticism, science fiction, popular culture, and, of course, architecture, to propose a new way to think about architectural communication.

Publisher: Routledge (January 7, 2019)


School of Public and International Affairs

Fragile Foundations and Enduring Challenges: Essays on Democratic Politics and Governance

This volume of essays offers unique insight into the state of U.S. politics and policymaking. Covering 2010-2018, the essays chronicle a growing crisis in American governance with many of the nation’s professed values and principles increasingly under attack—including the rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the ability of a share of its citizens otherwise eligible to vote to exercise their right to do so. But Stephenson does more than sound a warning cry. He urges all Americans to reclaim self-governance and democracy by embracing the central values and core purposes underpinning the United States.

Publisher: Virginia Tech Publishing (May 21, 2019)


School of Architecture + Design

International Building Codes and Guidelines for Interior Design

This book provides an introduction to the International Building Codes and other regulatory guidelines and demonstrates how to apply design solutions with illustrated case studies. Contains an overview of building codes and standards, and includes a description of the permitting process, document submission, and compliance and occupancy of the built project. The second part of the book is comprised of case studies illustrating all of the major codes areas. These case studies include REVIT rendered illustrations of important details, exercises practicing key concepts, and end-of-chapter compliance checklists. Special attention was given to including both LEED and WELL Building Standards.

Publisher: Fairchild Books (October 4, 2018)