Full length journal, magazine and newspaper articles can be found in our online article collections.
If a book or article cannot be found in PVAMU’s resources, it can usually be borrowed from another library. Fill out the Interlibrary Loan form, and please note that it may take several weeks to receive the item.
The Coleman Library has a large collection of books and other material which will help you find biographical information on architects and illustrations of their works. Some famous buildings (e.g., the Empire State Building) might have books devoted solely to their history and construction, but others will be found only in collections on a particular architect or style (e.g., skyscrapers). If you can’t find what you need, ask at the Reference Desk or email us via Ask a Librarian on the library homepage.
Selected Reference Books
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (Oversize Z5945 .C649)
REF NA1 .A1 1973 Suppl.
(Note- the 1973 edition [incomplete] is on the third floor, and the 1984-88 supplements are in Reference)
- Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (REF NA31 .C864 2006)
- Dictionary of Architecture & Construction (REF NA31 .H32 2006)
- Architecture Exam Review (REF NA123 .B35 2005)
- The Dissertation: An Architecture Student’s Handbook (REF NA2108 .B67 2006)
- Autocad 2006 for Architecture (REF NA2728 .J4386 2006)
- Actions of Architecture: Architects and Creative Users (REF NA1996 .H55 2003)
- Contemporary Architects (REF NA680 .C625 1994)
- The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture (REF NA687 .P43 2004)
- Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture (REF NA 31 B83 2002)
- 20th Century Architecture: A Reader’s Guide (REF NA680 .P314 2000)
- International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture (REF NA 40.I48 1993)
2v set features 523 architects and 467 buildings and sites that have figured prominently in Western architectural history
- A History of American Architecture (REF NA705 .G35 1999)
- Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture (REF NA31 .B83 1998)
- Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (REF NA208 .E53 1997)
- Pocket Guide to the ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (REF KF5709.3.H35 P63 1997)
- Modern Architecture: A Critical History (NA500 .F75 1992) [not a reference book]
- Modern Architecture Since 1900 (NA680 .C87 1996) [not a reference book]
- Architecture After Modernism (NA682.P67 G49 1996) [not a reference book]
- Architecture Theory Since 1968 (NA680 .A728 1998) [not a reference book]
Try putting “architecture” itself as the subject term, and then exploring the ‘note’ that appears. Sometimes the heading is subdivided by location.
Ex: “Architecture – United States”
Useful Subject Headings
The easiest way to find books on individual architects is to use their name as a subject term, last name first. You can also try specific buildings” Pei, I. M., 1917-
Botta, Mario, 1943-
Robie House (Chicago, Ill.)
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.) Codes, Standards, Specs & Testing
- American Society for Testing and Materials – ASTM – http://www.astm.org/cgi-bin/SoftCart.exe/index.shtml?E+mystore
- ARCAT – Building Codes – http://www.arcat.com/index.html
- City of Houston – http://www.houstontx.gov/
- International Code Council – ICC – http://www.iccsafe.org/
- Southern Building Code Congress International – SBCCI – http://www.iccsafe.org/
American Memory Project (http://memory.loc.gov/) – click on Search, then the HABS/HAER and Gottscho and Schleisner Collections for photos, blueprints, etc. ARCAT (http://www.archat.com/)
ARCAT provides building product information for architectural industries, including architects, spec writers, engineers, and contractors. Search by company/trade names or product type.
Architecture.com (http://www.architecture.com) – one of the world’s most extensive architectural portals, courtesy of the Royal Institute of British Architects; features links to the best information on the Web on individual architects and their works
Architectural Record (http:/archrecord.construction.com/) – information from architectural record Asian Historical
This resource was used to be a class website for a professor of architecture at University of Virginia. It focuses on Asian architectures, a photographic survey of Asia’s architectural heritage. Here you can view nearly 10,000 photos of 669 sites in eighteen countries, with background information and virtual tours.
Boston University Libraries (http://www.bu.edu/library/instruction/findimages/) – Finding images on the web.
BuildingGreen.com (http://www.buildinggreen.com/)This is an independent publishing company to provide green design information.
A searchable collection of historic and contemporary images of historic gardens and landscapes that include plans, engravings, paintings, and photographs along with historic documents and bibliography.
CENSUS of Antique of Art and Architecture known in the Renaissance
Registration is require (free),
Digital Archive of American Architecture (http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/) – limited in scope, provides some images and explanatory material. No critical articles.
The website for architects and architectural profession, latest job board postings available, and you can post your résumé. Good website for job seekers.
Emporis (http://www.emporis.com/) – The #1 provider of building data and construction projects worldwide.
Social network site for photographs. A lot of images of architecture.
Example: Historical Architecture
Internet Public Library (http://www.ipl.org) – one of the oldest of the subject guide sites; search on “architecture” for best results
National Organization of Minority Architects (http://www.noma.net/) – one of the largest professional organizations of African American architects in the U.S., with some project and contact information
NYPL (New York Public Library) Digital Gallery (http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm)
NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 600,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and architecture images.
Mary Ann Sullivan’s Digital Imaging Project (http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/index/index.html)
This site is created by Ms. Mary A. Sullivan, art history professor at the Bluffton University.
PAB (Philadelphia Architects and Buildings) Project
Free, publicly searchable Internet database of architectural and historical information and images contains 35,000+ structures, mostly in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Free registration.
University at Buffalo Libraries Architecture Website (http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/infotree/resourcesbysubject.asp?subject=Architecture ) – lots of good links to image bases, databases, building products, and biographies
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