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Architecture: Architecture Resources Overview

Key Library LInks

Catalog – to locate any item that is available in our libraries, including books, journals, newspapers, and audio/visual materials.

Everything – the tab is a great place to start searching through the library’s resources in one simple multidisciplinary search interface. The results will display books, articles, government documents, etc.

Research Tips – an online guide designed to help you perform research at the University at Buffalo’s University Libraries, includes citation help.

EndNote – citation management software, a tool for organizing citations from articles, books, web sites and other information resources. South Campus classes on EndNote (registration required).

Best Starting Points:

Key Architecture Database:

Useful Reference Books:

Special Journals:

El Croquis is a Spanish architectural magazine that is kept behind the APL/HSL Circulation desk. To look up an architect use this index:, then go to the Circulation Desk for issue of the journal. The journal is also indexed in Avery.


ARTstor Digital Archive Collection: The ARTstor Digital Archive Collection contains nearly one million images and associated catalog data from notable art and architecture collections worldwide. The collection spans many times and cultures and encompasses architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals: Use "Physical Description’ to limit to diagrams, portraits, plans, maps, etc…
see: Guide to Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals for help. 

Digital Sanborn Maps- New York: The UB Libraries has a subscription to the digital edition (available to the UB community), providing electronic access to Sanborn fire insurance maps of cities and towns in New York State (1867-1970).

UB Building Floor Plans: RESTRICTED ACCESS
UBIT name and password required to view the floor plans Access to the building floor plans is for use by authorized faculty or staff for university purposes only. Students can request access to the floor plans for work related duties ONLY. Requests for class projects where students require floor plan information are handled on a case by case basis.


AIA Buffalo/WNY Chapter: local American Institute of Architects chapter.

Archinect: an online architecture community, B/a+p's page within the blog. 

ArchINFORM: 20th century, international architecture about worldwide architects and buildings from past to present. Most entries include name, address, keywords, images and information about further literature.

Architezer: is the largest database for architecture and sourcing building products. Home of the A+Awards - the global awards program for today's best architects.

Buffalo Architecture Foundation: is a not-for-profit, public charity dedicated to inspiring the exploration and appreciation of architecture. Programs include: Architecture + Education, Building Stories, 6 Minute Building Stories, Pro Bono Mission, and Festival of Architecture – Buffalo (FAB)

The Design Archive at the University at Buffalo: Located in the University Archives of Special Collections, the Design Archive contains both textual and visual material. The foundation for the archive rests with the extensive Darwin D. Martin/Frank Lloyd Wright holdings. Recent additions have been coordinated with the School of Architecture and Planning.

Planetizen: A one-stop source for urban planning news, commentary, interviews, event coverage, book reviews, announcements, jobs, consultant listings, training, and more.

Rudy Bruner Digital Archive: A resource for architecture students and practitioners to study precedents in urban design. The Archive is an image database of urban design case studies projects from 1987 to the present that have been recognized as exemplars of excellence in urban design achieved through community collaboration. Each entry includes full project documentation, including an abstract, project data, bibliography, color images, and more.

Sweets Construction: offers comprehensive product information on CAD details, BIM objects, specs, catalogs, galleries, green product information, CEUs and more.


Rose Orcutt
Architecture & Planning Library
303 Abbott Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214