Sub-products over Time
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BCE—600 CE
Before architects, builders managed the construction and realization of a design through propotions, human body measurements, common language and building codes which existed in the earliest cities.


700 CE—1200 CE Medieval builders used 1:1 mockups to create full scale details for constuction. Master masons memorized proportional systems to aid their design. 

1200 CE—1600 CE King Henry standardized the foot measurement in England. Many builders used metal plaques to show their use of the standard measurement on their buildings.

1700 CE1900 CE Urbanization and deadly fires create the need to the adopt of fire codes for public safety. The French Revolution rejects monarchical systems of measurement and leads to the adoption of the meter accross Europe. Industrialization leads to the standardization of building materials.


1900 CE—1950 CE As industrialization and urbanization increases, fires continue spur new guidlines for building codes. Additionally, at advent of the skycraper creates the need for zoning laws in New York City. 

1950 CE—1990 CE As industies become globalized, the Internatinoal Organization for Standardization (ISO) is formed. Computer aided design systems need standardized data structures to communicate. 

1990 CE—2020 CE AThe Americans with Disabilities act is passed esuring equal access the public buildings. Most architects transition to computer based drafting and multiple file types and digital drawings formats become part of the profession.