My name is Michael Noll and I founded archtoolbox.com in April 2009. I am an architect in Boston, Massachusetts with a passion for understanding how the elements of a building come together to form a working whole.
Archtoolbox.com was born after I had joined many of my co-workers in keeping a notebook of information that hadn't been committed to memory, but was routinely looked up. We had our own three-ring binder and we would swap data sheets that were picked up at a seminar or conference. We had sheets for in-wall plumbing fixture dimensions, door swing/handing, and duct shaft layouts. Many of the sheets were illegible because they were fifth or sixth-generation copies. I thought this was the kind of information that should be made available to all architects in a searchable digital version.
The site is in its infancy, but I want to build it into a community of architects keeping each other informed about the latest procedures and technologies in construction and design. There are some big ideas floating around - as is the case for every architect - but for now we are focusing on providing you with the information that you need every day.
Archtoolbox is part of Arch Media Group LLC, which also owns and operates giftforarchitect.com.
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