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Field Recording and Documentaion


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  • Swallow, Peter, David Watt, and Robert Ashton. Measurement and Recording of Historic Buildings. London: Donhead Publishing, 1993, Chapter 5 Building Surveys: Preliminaries and Sketching, pp.54-68, Chapter 6 Building Surveys, pp.69-85. Amazon
  • Cullinane, John J., AIA. Understanding Architectural Drawings: A Guide for Non Architects, Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1993.
  • A Guide to the Description of Architectural Drawings, Architectural Drawing Advisory Group, Foundation for Documents of Architecture, The J. Paul Getty Trust
  • The Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings, The Chicago Architecture Foundation.


  • Safety: practices, supplies, equipment, warning devices and signage, construction
  • Job etiquette
  • Preparation, archival research, reconnaissance, condition assessment, emergency stabilization, special access equipment
  • Preparing field sketches (identifying needed drawings), sheet layout and identification (site, location, names of recorders, date, drawing title), indications
  • Measuring: equipment and supplies, accuracy, datum lines and planes, running dimensions, dimensioning conventions and notes, verification, triangulation, inaccessible areas
  • Special considerations for plans (site and building), elevations, sections, details

Field Recording and Documentation (by teams)

  • Conduct field recording to develop plans, elevations, sections, details (as assigned)
  • Develop written description of the structure: exterior and interior.
  • Photograph
    • Structure, to document exterior and interior, with photographs labeled. Adjust and perspective-correct in Photoshop®.
    • Site, to show relationship of structrues (including outbuildings) with landscape (no detailed identification, labeling required)
    • Documentation process, including team members at work (adjust adn provide at least three images, each)