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Architectural Graphic Standards




Podcast: 2007/3/8 - 10:45

Presenter: David W. Altenhofen, AIA CSI CCS

Moderator: Phil Simon



David W. Altenhofen, AIA CSI CCS
Technical Director of Philadelphia Office

David Altenhofen, AIA CSI CCS is an Associate Principle and Technical Director of the Philadelphia Office of Hillier Architecture, a 300 person architecture, interiors and planning firm practicing nationally and internationally from six offices. His responsibilities include oversight and quality assurance for all aspects of architectural practice including the design, detailing and administration of the construction of a billion dollars worth of construction each year. He has extensive experience with masonry, windows, glazing, aluminum curtainwalls, skylights, metal panel systems, precast concrete, roofing, waterproofing, building science, sustainability and forensics. Project types range from residential to high-tech, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical and applied research facilities. Rounding out his experience, Mr. Altenhofen has been a developer, a licensed general contractor and has built or remodeled 4 of his own homes.

Mr. Altenhofen is active in the architectural community at several levels, focusing primarily on reinforcing the architect’s role in building science and tectonic integrated design. He is past Chair of the national PIA Committee on Building Science and continues on the committee as an active emeritus member. While chair, Mr. Altenhofen helped form the Building Enclosure Council initiative which is starting local multi-disciplinary groups across the country to promote knowledge and discussion regarding the science and art of constructing building skins. As a result, he serves as the National AIA Special Project Representative to NIBS/AIA Building Enclosure Council Steering Committee. At the Philadelphia AIA Chapter, he formed the local BEC and continues to be active in it’s programming. Mr. Altenhofen is also a member of the National AIA Advisory Board for the upcoming 11th Edition of Architectural Graphic Standards and is Subject Editor for the chapter on superstructure and enclosure. Mr. Altenhofen also serves on the Board of Directors for the Building Energy and Thermal Envelope Council of the National Institute of Building Science where he chairs the Security Glazing Research Committee and Co-Chairs the BEC National Research Committee. He has lectured and been guest critic at Drexel University and instructs a class on technology and systems integration in parallel with a 5th year design studio at Philadelphia University.

Publications include three articles in Construction Specifier (July 2003, Sept. 95 and Feb. 01), Designing Exterior Walls to Control Mold” in November 2002 issue of Buildings, "Getting Windows Right" appeared in the December 2001 issue of Building Operating Management, “How to Integrate Windows into Building Projects” in the January 2003 issue of College Planning and Management and an article in Contract Design magazine (Feb. 98). Mr. Altenhofen was an invited panelist and appeared in the December 01 Architectural Record annual Products Report.

Speaking Engagements

Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute, "Do Your Buildings Breathe?", June 2006

Suburban ProCon, AIA Philadelphia, “A Common Sense Approach to Mold”, April 2006.

Building Enclosure Council of Philadelphia, “A More Sensible Approach to Mold”, February 2006.

Philadelphia ASHRAE Chapter Meeting, “Control of Heat, Air and Moisture through the Building Enclosure”, December 2005.

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Fundamentals of Building Commissioning Seminar, “Exterior Enclosure Commissioning”, Austin, Texas, September 2005

University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering, Department of Professional Development, “Commissioning the Building Exterior Enclosure” , April 2005

AIA National Grassroots Conference, Washington DC, “A National Network of Building Enclosure Councils” February 2005.

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Fundamentals of Building Commissioning Seminar, “Exterior Enclosure Commissioning”, Orlando, Florida, December 2004

Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) 2004 Fall Workshop, “Building Science and Air Barriers”, Philadelphia, October 2004.

Design on the Delaware, AIA Philadelphia, “A More Sensible Approach to Mold”, Oct 2004.

Building Science Knowledge Community Meeting, 2004 AIA National Convention, Chicago, Illinois.

“Testing of Exterior Walls for Quality Assurance,” 2003 AIA National Convention, San Diego, CA

“Rainscreen Wall Systems,” Bovis Lend Lease Construction Company Superintendents’ Retreat, 2001


“Air Barriers, The Latest Tool in Moisture Control” based on an interview with editor, Design and Construction, January 2007. Re-published in 25 January 07

Interviewed for “Increasing Coverage,” Building Design and Construction, September 2003

“Fenestration Beyond Standards —Successfully Integrating Windows, Storefronts, and Curtain Walls,” The Construction Specifier, July 2003

“How to Integrate Windows into a Building Project,” College Planning & Management, January 2003

Interviewed for “The War Against Mold,” Building Design and Construction, January 2003

“Smarter Buildings: The Building Envelope–To the Rescue: Designing Exterior Walls to Control Mold,” Buildings Magazine, November 2002

“Getting Windows Right,” Building Operations Management, December 2001

“Product Reports,” Architectural Record, December 2001

“Successful Long Term Relationships with Representatives”, The Construction Specifier, February 2001

“So Boring? The Confessions of a Specifications Writer about one of the most Misunderstood yet Critical Functions—In-house or Outsourced—in Design Practice Today,” Contract Design, February 1998

“Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University,” Progressive Architecture, May 1991

“A New Member’s Impressions’”, The Construction Specifier, September 1995


Architectural Graphic Standards, 11th Edition, Member of National AIA Editorial Board and Editor for Shell Chapter, 2004, 2005.

AIA Representative to the Union of International Architects (UAI) Work Program on Architecture for Science and High-Tech Facilities, 2006

AIA/NIBS Exterior Enclosure Commissioning Guidelines Task Team, 2004-06. Sub-committee chair for design phase portion of Guideline.

ASHRAE Standard 90.1, Continuous Air Barrier Sub-Committee Task Team, 2005.

Best Practices Recommendations for Curtainwalls, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), US General Services Administration (GSA), 2003, 2004.

National AIA Special Project Representative to NIBS/AIA Building Enclosure Council Steering Committee, 2004, 2005, 2006.

Major Stakeholders Meetings, Construction Specification Institute MasterFormat Expansion Task Team, 2002-2004

Building Committee, The Philadelphia School, Philadelphia, PA, 2001–2004.


Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council of the National Institute of Building Science, Board of Directors, 2003–present. Co-Chair of the National Building Enclosure Council Research Coordinating Committee, 2006 to present. Chair of the Security Glazing Research Coordinating Committee, 2006 to present.

National AIA Professional Interest Area (PIA), Committee on Specifications, Vice Chair 1999, Chair 2000.

National AIA Professional Interest Area (PIA), Committee on Building Technology, Chair 2001 and 2002, Vice Chair 2000, Emeritus Chair 2003

National AIA Knowledge Community, Committee on Building Science, Advisory Group Member, 2004 and 2005.

Philadelphia AIA Committee on Building Technology, Chair, 1999–2003.

NIBS/AIA Building Enclosure Council (BEC) Philadelphia, Chair 2004, member 2005.

Certified Construction Specifier of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI

Teaching Experience

Instructor, Philadelphia AIA Architectural Registration Exam Study Course, 1999 – 2005

Course Instructor, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA., Department of Architecture, Technology V, 2005 and 2006

Course Instructor, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA., Department of Architecture, Building Enclosure Design, 2001 and 2004

Jury Member, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, 4th Year Design Studio, Fall 2002.

Jury Member, Western Pennsylvania’s American Masonry Institute Awards, 2001


Recipient of AIA School Medal and Certificate of Merit for Excellence in the Study of Architecture, 1980

Recipient of the Floyd O. Wolfenbarger Memorial Scholarship for most outstanding architecture student, Kansas State University, 1979


Bachelor of Architecture, Kansas State University, Magna Cum Laude, 1980


Registered Architect: Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Montana, Utah, Mississippi, Oregon

Architectural Graphic Standards, Eleventh Edition

by Charles George Ramsey & Harold Reeve Sleeper
ISBN: 0471700916
John Wiley & Sons, 2007
Hardcover: 1100 pages

Celebrating 75 years as the cornerstone of an industry, this commemorative new edition of the Architectural Graphic Standards features the most dramatic revisions in a generation!



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