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Architecture: Intro: Start Here

Subject Guide


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Reference Collection: Surveys, Directories and Biographies

 Research Hints

Welcome to the world of architecture and design! 

Here are tips on how to research an architect/building.

Strategies for using the UM Libraries Search:

  • Search by architect’s name: Frank Gehry or Francesco Borromini or Zaha Hadid
  • Search by period: architecture Renaissance or architecture modern or architecture 20th century
  • Search by architect's country: architecture canada or architecture hungary
  • Search by style: postmodernism architecture or gothic revival architecture or bauhaus architecture
  • When using several concepts use the following format: church architecture gothic

More help with using the UM Libraries Search is available.

Not finding what you need in the UM Libraries collection?
Search worldwide for books, articles, DVDs, CDs, and more using WorldCat.
UM students, faculty, and staff can borrow materials from other institutions using Document Delivery.

Historical Architecture Reference Books

Architecture Explained - Neil Stevenson 
REF NA 200 S72 2007

Architecture Sourcebook - Russell Sturgis (Compiled by)
REF NA 2840 S78 1984

The Book of Buildings: ancient, medieval, renaissance & modern... - Richard Reid
REF NA 703 R44 1983

Drawings of Great Buildings edited by Werner Blaser
REF NA 2706 U6 D72 1983

Historic Architecture Sourcebook - Cyril M. Harris
REF NA 31 H56 1977

Sir Banister Fletcher's Global History of Architecture Q REF NA 200 F63 2020 v. 1 & 2


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Research Workshops

Le Corbusier Plans


NA 1053 J4 L478 2005

Complete works on 16 dvd-roms. Contains nearly 40,000 plans, 350 projects of which 200 are introduced by world-famous researchers, and 4000 newly discovered drawings. Numerous photos of the built projects, a detailed database of the contents of the plans, and the possibility to print all of the documents. Located in the Reading Room.