BISAC Subject Headings List

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Use subjects in this section for historical works and/or for works aimed at professional architects.  For similar works aimed at nonprofessionals, use subjects in the HOUSE & HOME section.  For works concerning the technical or trade aspects of construction, use subjects beginning with "TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction".

Use subjects beginning with "ARCHITECTURE / Interior Design" for works that discuss the architectural design of an interior space and use "HOUSE & HOME / Decorating & Furnishings" for works that discuss the arrangement of objects within an interior space.

ARC000000   ARCHITECTURE / General

ARC022000   ARCHITECTURE / Adaptive Reuse & Renovation

ARC023000   ARCHITECTURE / Annuals

ARC024000   ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / General

ARC024010   ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Landmarks & Monuments

ARC011000   ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Public, Commercial & Industrial

ARC016000   ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Religious

ARC003000   ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Residential

                                  ARCHITECTURE / CAD (Computer Aided Design) see Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation

ARC019000   ARCHITECTURE / Codes & Standards

ARC001000   ARCHITECTURE / Criticism

ARC002000   ARCHITECTURE / Decoration & Ornament

ARC004000   ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation

                                 ARCHITECTURE / Feng Shui see BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Feng Shui

ARC014000   ARCHITECTURE / Historic Preservation / General

ARC014010   ARCHITECTURE / Historic Preservation / Restoration Techniques

ARC005000   ARCHITECTURE / History / General

ARC005010   ARCHITECTURE / History / Prehistoric

ARC005020   ARCHITECTURE / History / Ancient & Classical

ARC005030   ARCHITECTURE / History / Medieval

ARC005040   ARCHITECTURE / History / Renaissance

ARC005050   ARCHITECTURE / History / Baroque & Rococo

ARC005060   ARCHITECTURE / History / Romanticism

ARC005070   ARCHITECTURE / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)

ARC005080   ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-)

ARC006000   ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms / General

ARC006010   ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms / Essays

ARC006020   ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms / Monographs

ARC007000   ARCHITECTURE / Interior Design / General

ARC007010   ARCHITECTURE / Interior Design / Lighting

ARC008000   ARCHITECTURE / Landscape

ARC009000   ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials

ARC015000   ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice

ARC017000   ARCHITECTURE / Project Management

ARC012000   ARCHITECTURE / Reference

ARC020000   ARCHITECTURE / Regional

ARC021000   ARCHITECTURE / Security Design

ARC013000   ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching

ARC018000   ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design

ARC010000   ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning

ARC025000   ARCHITECTURE / Vernacular

If your title does not have subject content, i.e. a blank book, please use the Non-Classifiable term below. Otherwise, use the Subject/General term in the closest descriptive area. NON000000 NON-CLASSIFIABLE

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