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Security Planning and Design: Guide for Architects

Product Code/ISBN: 047127156X

Security Planning and Design is an important reference from the American Institute of Architects that provides architects and other design professionals with the guidance they need to plan for security needs in both new and existing facilities. Security is one of the many design considerations that architects must address and in the wake of the September 11th events.

Security has gained a great deal of attention, yet few references address the nuts and bolts of how to go about designing for security issues. Security Planning and Design emphasizes basic concepts and provides the architect with enough information to conduct an assessment of client needs as well as work with consultants who specialise in implementing security measures. Included are chapters on defining security needs, understanding threats, blast mitigation, building systems, facility operations and biochemical protection.


  • Important reference on a design consideration that is growing in importance
  • Provides architects with the fundamental knowledge they need to work with clients and with security consultants
  • Includes guidelines for conducting client security assessments
  • Best practices section shows how security can be integrated into design solutions
  • Contributors to the book represent an impressive body of knowledge and specialise in areas such as crime prevention, blast mitigation, and biological protection

Every architect should find the information in this book useful when planning public buildings!