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  • 1.  Stairs

    Posted 12-10-2018 10:53
    I am looking for recommendations for a good stair design book. I am particularly interested in the design of curved stairs. Any suggestions?

    Lawrence Paschall AIA
    Spotted Dog Architecture
    Dallas TX
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  • 2.  RE: Stairs

    Posted 12-11-2018 17:58

    I always start with a visit to Architectural Graphic Standards, and it's old school 'step sister' Timesaver Standards.  These hefty tomes have tons of details ... maybe a page or three in both ... so just a place to start.


    Michael F. Malinowski FAIA

    President, Applied Architecture Inc



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  • 3.  RE: Stairs

    Posted 12-12-2018 17:52

    Big D Metalworks is a great resource for custom stairs:


    Timothy Pellowski AIA, LEED AP

    STG Design

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  • 4.  RE: Stairs

    Posted 12-12-2018 17:56
    There is a great web site that has tons of stair ideas:

    I also recommend the book:
    Upstairs Downstairs 
    Edited by: Aisha Hasanovic
    Images Publishing

    I'm sure there are other books and web sites out there with even more information. 


    Daniel Guich
    Licensed Architect - CA | LEED AP | CDT



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  • 5.  RE: Stairs

    Posted 12-14-2018 09:32

    SO frustrating to have my clients continually bring me photos of sexy stairs they like, only for me to tell them the various reasons they do not meet the building code!  And many of the magazines that publish them should know better!


    John E. Crowell

    Deer Hill Architects LLC

    40 Lowell Street

    Peabody, MA 01960

    Office: 978-532-8660


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  • 6.  RE: Stairs

    Posted 12-20-2018 15:07
    One of my worst nightmares was being confronted with on of these. A product marketed in Europe.

    During a large renovation project my owner found a couple of pictures online and went bananas.

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    Rudolph Beuc AIA, NCARB, CBO
    R. Beuc Architects
    Saint Louis MO

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  • 7.  RE: Stairs

    Posted 12-20-2018 15:08
    Re publications depicting non-code stairs... you can include Architect in that category.  It's amazing that a magazine 'of and for' Architects publishes photos showing obvious violations.   I've made that complaint to the AIA in the past, but have never received any response.  AIA publications should, of all sources, insist that published projects represent the best of our profession... and should decline publicizing those that do not meet that standard.

    Howard I. Littman, AIA, Emeritus
    Forensic Architect, Expert Witness
    Agoura Hills, CA

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  • 8.  RE: Stairs

    Posted 12-28-2018 08:05

    That has been an issue with me for years.   It's is totally irresponsible and unconscionable of the AIA.

    Tom Mudrovich

    Mudrovich Architects

    Wausau, Wisconsin

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  • 9.  RE: Stairs

    Posted 12-20-2018 15:08
    Especially when the magazine/award comes from the AIA! That issue has driven me crazy for years. The AIA should endorse code compliant over sexy or at least have the consistency to argue code!!

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