"The writing of architects' specifications is a task approached by many with trepidation, by some with the careless confidence of ignorance and by a few with studious determination to succeed."This quote is from "Ready Written Specifications" a series of 1918 lectures presented by Holland and Parker, quoted in the opening paragraph of Goldwin Goldsmith, AIA's 1940 book "Architectural Specifications How to Write Them." (A tip of the hat to David Stutzman for bringing this to my attention.)
Nearly a century later, it is equally true.
By offering architects a carefully crafted guide specification (a "ready written" specification in the parlance of a past era), building product manufacturers:
- Reduce the trepidation of the many,
- Inform the ignorant,
- Caution the careless, and
- Become partners with the studious.