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A complete, accessible introduction to structural masonry fundamentals. This practical volume provides a thorough grounding in the design of masonry structures for buildings --with clear and easy-to-grasp coverage of basic materials, construction systems, building codes, industry standards, and simple computations for structural elements of commonly used forms of masonry. Well-written and carefully organized, the book: * Includes all principal types of masonry materials: brick, stone, fired clay, concrete block, glass block, and more * Contains information on unreinforced, reinforced, and veneered construction * Examines key design criteria: dead loads, live loads, lateral loads, structural planning, building code requirements, and performance measurement * Features helpful study aids --including exercises and solutions, glossary of terms, bibliography, and detailed appendices. Requiring only minimal prior experience in engineering analysis or design, Simplified Design of Masonry Structures is ideal for self-study or classroom use. It is an essential reference for architecture and engineering students and professionals.