Use this section for to find publications and industry organizations that can provide additional information regarding sources and technical aspects of the materials found in SURFACES.


American Institute of Architects. 1735 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006-5292. A professional society for architects and others related to the building industry, the institute provides educational and information services, which include extensive publications, a telephone library service, and an on-line computer network.

American National Standards Institute. 11 W. 42 St., 13th floor, New York, NY 10036. The U. S. representative of the International Organization for Standardization, the institute coordinates national and international voluntary standards for products and processes. Its publications cover a wide range of topics, from surface-texture symbols used in architectural drafting to specifications for flame-retardant fabric.

American Society of Interior Designers. 608 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002-6006. A professional society that provides educational, marketing, and informational services.

Construction Specifications Institute. 601 Madison, Alexandria, VA 22314-1791. An organization founded in 1947 to standardize building codes, establish construction specifications, and study materials, practices, and techniques, CSI offers educational and technical resources.

British Standards Institution. 389 Chiswick High Rd., London W4 4AL. Draws up voluntary standards and codes of good practice. The organization also offers educational and technical resources, and publications on a wide variety of construction and architectural materials and techniques.

Institute of Materials. 1 Carlton House Ter., London SW1Y 5DB. An international forum for discussion, which offers information on materials, publication services, and a library.

Interior Decorators and Designers Association Ltd. (IDDA). Unit 1-4, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, Lots Rd., London SW10 0XE. An international association for professionals.
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 66 Portland Pl., London W1N 4AD. A professional society for architects, it is concerned with the general advancement of civil architecture and provides educational and information services and publications.


ARCAT. The Architect’s Catalog, Inc. Fairfield, CT: 1995. This directory lists building product manufacturers and industry associations, and includes key words used in the industry to refer to specific products.

Architectural Graphic Standards. 9th ed. Charles George Ramsey and Harold Reeve Sleeper. The American Institute of Architects. New York: John Wiley, 1994. Designed for architects, interior designers, and allied professionals, this is a detailed graphic and diagrammatic assembly of data, standards, and information. It contains extensive line drawings, charts, and data tables, covering most aspects of building design, construction, and materials.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals. Avery Library. Boston: G. K. Hall. Part of the Getty Art History Information Program, this is a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture, preservation, landscape architecture, and city planning. It produces some 15,000 citations per year from approximately 700 journals published in more than 45 countries. The printed version is updated annually; the CD-ROM version is updated daily, and is available from the Research Libraries Group, (800) 537-RLIN.

Construction Glossary: An Encyclopedic Reference and Manual. J. Stewart Stein. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1980.

Construction Specifications Institute Manual of Practice. Construction Specifications Institute. This comprehensive reference source discusses construction document formats, specifications, product representation, and contract information. Additional specification manuals for construction specialties are published by the same organization.

Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. 2nd ed. Cyril Harris. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993. Containing 22,500 definitions and 2,000 line illustrations, the dictionary provides broad coverage of the terminology of architecture and construction.

Exterior Details. Jocasta Innes. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991. A consumer-oriented survey of house exteriors, the book covers a wide range of countries and historical periods. Color photographs accompany the text, which describes building materials and techniques, with particular emphasis on finishes.

Illustrated Dictionary of Building Materials and Techniques. Paul Bianchina. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: TAB, 1986. Through text and line drawings, this dictionary explains construction terms, materials, and techniques, with appendices of abbreviations, conversions, tables, and weights.

The Interior Decorator’s Handbook. New York: Columbia Communications. This national buying guide and source directory of interior finishes, materials, furnishings, and services is published semi-annually.

Means Illustrated Construction Dictionary. Kornelius Smith and Howard Chandler. Kingston, MA: R. S. Means, 1991. This dictionary uses text and line drawings to define more than 12,000 terms, acronyms, and abbreviations used in the construction industry.

Sweet’s Catalogs. Sweet’s Group. 18 volumes. New York: McGraw-Hill. Regularly updated, this source listing of materials covers usage, applications, appearance, building code requirements, product manufacturers, industry associations, and sources for technical support. Listings are organized alphabetically by material and include current addresses and telephone and fax numbers of suppliers and associations.

Thomas’ Register. 29 volumes. New York: Thomas Publishing. This regularly updated registry of American manufacturers is organized alphabetically by product and by manufacturer.

Vasari on Technique. Giorgio Vasari. Translated by Louisa S. Maclehose. Unabridged republication of 1907 ed. New York: Dover, 1960. Originally published in 1550, this is a sourcebook for Renaissance methods and materials.


American Art Directory 1995–1996. R. R. Bowker. New Providence, NJ: R. R. Bowker, 1995. A directory of art schools, organizations, museums, libraries, galleries, and corporations with art holdings in the United States and Canada, it is arranged alphabetically by region, as well as indexed by subject. Also included is a selected reference to international art museums and schools.

Cambridge Guide to the Museums of Europe. Kenneth Hudson and Ann Nichols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991. An alphabetical, country-by-country guide to 2,000 European museums, it describes the collections and their accessibility, specifies museum hours, and includes a subject index.

The Official Museum Directory 1996. 26th ed. American Association of Museums. 2 volumes. New Providence, NJ: R. R. Bowker, 1995. Volume 1 lists 7,500 museums in the United States by category: aquariums, art galleries, botanical gardens, children’s museums, historical sites and houses, museums of natural history, nature centers, planetariums, museums of science and technology, specialized museums, and zoos. Volume 2 is a museum product and service guide.



Architectural Woodwork Institute. 13924 Braddock Rd., Suite 100, Centerville, VA 22020. An organization of manufacturers of architectural woodwork in the United States and Canada, the institute provides research, design, and technical information services. Its manual defines industry standards.

Fine Hardwood Veneer Association and American Walnut Manufacturers Association. 260 S. First St., Suite 2, Zionsville, IN 46077. The association provides design, educational, and technical information services; maintains a database of photo and reference files; and holds a current inventory list of available hardwoods and veneers.

Association of British Plywood and Veneer Manufacturers (ABPVM). Alma Rd., Ponders End, Enfield EN3 7BP.

British Woodworking Federation (BWF). 82 New Cavendish St., London W1M 8AD. A trade association for members of the timber industry, including those involved with architectural woodwork, which offers various publications.
Institute of Wood Science (IWSc). Stocking La., Hughenden Valley, High Wycombe, Bucks HP14 4NN. A professional and examining body concerned with wood science. It produces a journal and newsletter.


Architectural Woodwork Quality Standards. 6th ed. Architectural Woodwork Institute. 1994. This illustrated AWI publication provides the information necessary to set U. S. and Canadian standards for architectural woodwork. In addition to industry specifications, the manual details veneer layout, cabinets, joinery, and more.

Complete Manual of Wood Finishing. Frederick Oughton. Briarcliff Manor, NY: Stein and Day, 1985. This illustrated textbook covers the history of traditional application techniques for a wide variety of wood finishes. A glossary and list of materials and suppliers are included.

The Complete Manual of Wood Veneering. W. A. Lincoln. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1984. This textbook is recommended by industry professionals.

Fine Hardwoods Selectorama: A Guide to the Selection and Use of the World’s Most Popular Species. Fine Hardwood Veneer Association and American Walnut Manufacturers Association. An alphabetical list of some 300 woods is accompanied by color photographs and a brief description of the woods’ characteristics, availability, country of origin, and price range. Additional technical charts explain terminology and treatment processes.

Gems of the World’s Forests. R. S. Bacon Veneer Company, 100 South Mannheim Road, Hillside, IL. 60162. This book describes more than 200 hardwoods, and includes drawings of veneer cuts and layouts.

The Good Wood Handbook: The Woodworker’s Guide to Identifying, Selecting, and Using the Right Wood. Albert Jackson and David Day. London: Harper Collins, 1991. A compact guide to the characteristics of wood that affect selection, identification, uses, and workability, it contains excellent color photographs of 74 wood species, a guide to manmade boards and veneers, and a glossary of industry terms.

Hardwood Floors. Don Bollinger. Newtown, CT: Taunton, 1990. Primarily a technical book, it illustrates layouts and veneer patterns of hardwood floors.
Identifying Wood: Accurate Results with Simple Tools. R. Bruce Hoadley. Newtown, CT: Taunton, 1990. This illustrated listing contains the practical information and techniques necessary to identify different (primarily American) woods in various situations.

The International Book of Wood. Hugh Johnson. London: Mitchell Beazley, 1976. A study of wood, from its chemical and physical properties to its history and uses, this book describes 144 species of wood with color photographs and text.

Know Your Woods. Albert Constantine, Jr. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1975. This general guide to wood includes descriptions of more than 300 wood species, some with photographs.

A Reverence for Wood. Eric Sloane. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1965. An esoteric but informative look at American wood, this book contains excellent drawings of hand-hewn architectural woodwork, accompanied by text that describes the tools and methods used to shape raw timber into lumber and lumber into beams or clapboard, and so on.

Textbook of Wood Technology. 4th ed. A. J. Panshin and Carl De Zeeuw. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1980. This textbook is recommended by industry professionals.

Tropical Timbers of the World: National Technical Information Service. U. S. Department of Commerce, PB85 156017.

Understanding Wood: A Craftsman’s Guide to Wood Technology. R. Bruce Hoadley. Newtown, CT: Taunton, 1980. This translation of scientific information about wood is geared to the craftsman and the artist. Text and black-and-white photographs aid in identifying, choosing, preserving, and working with wood.

Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material. U. S. Department of Agriculture Handbook #72.

The Woodworker’s Reference and Guide and Sourcebook. John L. Feirer. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1983. Text and black-and-white photographs describe the properties of wood, from general descriptions to cell structures. Also included are a table detailing 250 common woods, a complete glossary, and information on standards, publications, and materials sources.
World Woods in Color. William A. Lincoln. New York: Macmillan, 1986. This indexed handbook identifies various woods.



Building Stone Institute. PO Box 5047, White Plains, NY 10602-5047.
International Masonry Institute. 823 Fifteenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20005. A trade association that provides educational and technical support services for the masonry industry, the institute maintains a data bank of masonry research materials dating back to the 1830s.

Italian Trade Commission, Marble Division. 1801 Avenue of Stars, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90067. An information resource for Italian marble and other Italian stones, the commission deals with architects, contractors, importers, distributors, and other professionals in the natural stone industry.

Marble Institute of America. 30 Eden Alley #301, Columbus, OH 43215. The national trade association representing the marble and dimension stone industry, the MIA offers marketing, education, and technical research services, as well as a quarterly magazine and other publications.

National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, Inc. 3166 Des Plaines Ave., Suite 121, Des Plaines, IL 60018. An association of contractors and suppliers, it offers technical services and publications.

National Federation of Terrazzo Marble and Mosaic Specialists. PO Box 50, Banstead, Surrey SM7 2RD. A trade association for terrazzo marble and mosaic specialists.

Stone Federation Great Britain. 82 New Cavendish St., London W1M 8AD. A trade association that provides support for the masonry industry and produces several publications.


Dimension Stones of the World: Color Plate Books. 2 volumes. Marble Institute of America. This color plate collection of dimension stone is indexed by color, type, primary names, and proprietary names. It includes information on country of origin, quarry location, geological age, color range, recommended usage, and available sizes for each sample.

“Guide to Selected Sources of Information on Stone Used for Buildings, Monuments, and Works of Art.” Joseph Hannibal and Lisa Park. Journal of Geological Education, 40 (13), 1992. This exhaustive annotated bibliography covers a wide range of stone and marble topics, from historical works to quarry sites.

A List of the World’s Marbles. Marble Institute of America. Containing the names and locations of historical marble quarries dating back to antiquity, this document also specifies those known to exist in the early 1920s.

The Masonry Glossary. International Masonry Institute. Boston: CBI, 1981. An illustrated compilation of terms used in the masonry industry, it contains more than 600 entries.

MIA Design Manual. Marble Institute of America. This illustrated manual contains specifications, definitions, and terminology for the stone and marble industry.
Stone through the Ages. This quarterly magazine published by the Marble Institute of America reports installations, technical developments, and industry activities.

The Stoneworkers’ Bible. J. M. Nickey. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: TAB, 1979. Coverage includes stone classification; artificial stone; dressed, molded, and scrolled stone; mortar; stonework bonds; stone setting; lintels, arches, and walls; and stone construction.

Terrazzo: Ideas and Design Guide. National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, 1994. A guide to specifications, installation and maintenance of terrazzo, it also defines terminology, techniques, and materials.



Brick Institute of America. 11490 Commerce Park Drive, Reston, VA 22091. A trade association that is the national authority on brick construction, the Brick Institute of America provides education, marketing, engineering, and technical services, as well as research assistance.

Friends of Terra Cotta, Inc. 771 West End Ave. 10E, New York, NY 10025. This organization provides information, publications, and expert resources on architectural terra cotta and its preservation.

International Masonry Institute. 823 Fifteenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20005. A trade association that provides educational and technical support services for the masonry industry, the institute maintains a data bank of masonry research materials dating back to the 1830s.

Portland Cement Association. 5420 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie, IL 60077-1083. An organization of cement manufacturers, the PCA provides services in market development, education, engineering, research, library services and technical assistance. The association also has an extensive list of publications, including technical bulletins, books, videotapes, and slides.

Uk Sources
Architectural Cladding Association (ACA). 60 Charles St., Leicester LE1 1FB. A trade association representing manufacturers of cladding and producing various publications.

Brick Development Association (BDA). Woodside House, Winkfield, Windsor, Berks SL4 2DX. A trade body for UK brick manufacturers, which provides technical literature and an information service.

British Cement Association. Sentry House, Telford Av., Crowthorne, Berks RG45 6YS. An organization that offers research facilities and training, as well as a library, events, and publications.

Concrete Society. 112 Windsor Rd., Slough, Berks SL1 2JA. A trade association that produces publications, including a bimonthly magazine, and brings together all those who are interested in concrete.


Adobe: Building And Living With Earth. Orlando Romero and David Larkin. Photography by Michael Freeman. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Text and color photographs trace the multicultural history of adobe and mud plaster construction, and give some technical information.

The Adobe Journal. PO Box 7725, Albuquerque, NM 87194. A quarterly publication, the journal chronicles modern, as well as historical, adobe construction. The journal’s resource directory lists advertisers ranging from adobe builders, publications, and preservation services to related furnishings.
The Brick Book. Robert Hayward. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1977. Text on brick-making and construction with brick is accompanied by illustrations and a glossary.

Brickwork: Architecture and Design. Andrew Plumridge and Wim Meulenkamp. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1993. Color photographs and text trace the history and techniques of brick-making and building with brick. A glossary is also included.

The Brickworkers’ Bible. Charles R. Self. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: TAB, 1980. This illustrated textbook provides technical information about composition and construction with brick, concrete block, and stone, and defines industry terminology.

Handbook of Brick Masonry Construction. John A. Mulligan. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1942. Designed to convey technical information, this textbook explores construction with brick, concrete, cement, lime, mortar, structural terra-cotta, and more.

Masonry Design and Detailing for Architects, Engineers and Contractors. 3rd ed. Christine Beall. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993. A textbook on brick masonry, this book includes detailed architectural information about masonry walls.

Masons’ and Builders’ Library. 2 volumes. Louis M. Dezettel. Indianapolis: Theodore Audel, 1977. Volume 1 deals with concrete, block, tile, and terrazzo; volume 2, with bricklaying, plastering, rock masonry, and clay tile. The illustrated volumes provide detailed information on types and characteristics of materials, layouts, terminology, applications, and construction.

Modern Masonry. Clois E. Kicklighter. South Holland, IL: Goodheart-Willcox, 1991. This illustrated textbook gives an overview of the properties and construction uses of brick, stone, and block. It includes a glossary.

Principles of Brick Masonry. Brick Institute of America. 1989. This abbreviated form of the BIA technical notes is geared to students.

Technical Notes on Brick Construction. Brick Institute of America. This regularly published bulletin discusses nearly every topic related to brick and is available in a bound set of 100 bulletins.

Terra Cotta: Don’t Take It For Granite. Susan Tunick. New York: Friends of Terra Cotta Press, 1995. A guide to terra-cotta buildings in New York City, this book also provides general information defining terra-cotta: how it is produced and how it is identified.



Copper Development Association, Inc. 260 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. The marketing, development, and engineering services arm of the copper and copper-alloys industry, the CDA also provides educational and informational publications and services, including computer access to worldwide technical data.

Uk Sources
Aluminium Finishing Association. Aluminium Federation, Broadway House, Calthorpe Rd., Fiveways, Birmingham B15 1TN. A trade association that provides support for the aluminium castings and anodizing industries.
British Construction Steelwork Association Ltd. (BCSA). 4 Whitehall Ct., London SW1A 2ES. The national organization for the constructional steelwork industry, which provides services in technical, commercial, contractual, and quality-assurance matters.

Copper Development Association (CDA). Orchard House, Mutton La., Potters Bar, Herts EN6 3AP. This trade association promotes the use of copper and offers technical information and publications.

Institute of Metal Finishing (IMF). 48 Holloway Head, Birmingham B1 1NQ. An international professional body representing the finishing industry whose main objective is the dissemination of surface engineering and materials finishing technology. It also offers information services, publication distribution, international conferences, and a journal.


The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals. Richard Hughes and Michael Rowe. New York: Watson-Guptill and London: Thames & Hudson, 1982. Text and full-scale color photographs convey historical information, as well as a wide range of recipes and techniques.

A Dictionary of Metallurgy. Arthur D. Merriman. London: MacDonald and Evans, 1958. Illustrated definitions detail industry terminology and manufacturing processes.



Glass in the Modern World: A Study in Materials Development. F. J. Terence Maloney. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968. This illustrated textbook describes the history, production methods, properties, and types of glass.

Phaidon Guide to Glass. Felice Mehlman. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1983. An overview of functional and decorative glass, this guide includes a short history of principal glass-manufacturing regions, a description of production materials and methods, and a glossary of terms. Color photographs accompany the text.



Ceramic Tile Institute of America. 12061 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230. The institute maintains a technical library and offers technical support. Its publications include a regular newsletter and a glossary of industry terms.
Tile Council of America. P. O. Box 1787, Clemson, SC 29633-1787. This trade association includes ceramic tile manufacturers, accessories manufacturers, and materials suppliers.

British Ceramic Tile Council Ltd. Federation House, Station Rd., Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2RT. The trade association representing the UK manufacturers of ceramic tiles.

Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society. Cathy Herbert, Membership Secretary, Reabrook Lodge, 8 Sutton Rd., Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6DD. The national society responsible for the study and protection of tiles and architectural ceramics. It publishes a newsletter, illustrated magazine, and journal.


The Ceramic Tile Manual. Ceramic Tile Institute of America. This reference book explains the history of tile, types and styles, codes, standards and specifications, installation techniques, and industry terminology.

Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation. Tile Council of America. This regularly updated installation guide covers materials and techniques with text and drawings.

Tiles: 1,000 Years of Architectural Decoration. Hans Van Lemmen. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1995. This illustrated overview of tile manufacturing and usage spans Western European and North American architecture from the early history of tile to the modern era.