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.
- NA classification – a guide to Architecture -NA classification
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.
Journals- access to thousands of individual journals in electronic and print format. (Cannot search for articles, citation is needed)
Reserve – or Course Reserve: a collection of books or articles (pdfs) set aside at the Circulation Desk by your professor.
Top Architecture Databases: listing of architecture research databases
Research Tips– an online guide designed to help you perform research at the University at Buffalo’s University Libraries, includes citation help. Center for Excellence in Writing - 209 Baldy Hall
My Account & Delivery+ – use for book renewal and interlibrary loan. Journal articles and book chapters are delivered electronically to your email and physical items are made available for pick-up at the UB library of your choice. (free of charge)
Borrowing/Loan Periods -Your UB Card serves as your library card. Current UB students, faculty and staff may use their cards to check out books and other materials at any campus library.
Self-check out kiosk/Check-out App - instructions for downloading the app and using the self-check out kiosk.
UB Print Anywhere - UB students receive a semesterly quota of free pages to print assignments at any of 40 print station kiosks. Learn how to easily print your assignments from any computer, a computing site, your smartphone, a USB drive and more.
Best Starting Points:
- Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library) This link opens in a new windowIncludes subject encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference works in broad subject areas, including issues related to architecture.
- Grove Art Online This link opens in a new windowCovers all aspects of art worldwide, including architecture and planning, painting, sculpture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography. Provides background information on artists, architects, cities, buildings, periods, styles, and more. Contains bibliographies and links to pertinent definitions and images.
Well over 15,000,000 books and magazine issues may be searched in Google Books. The numbers grow daily as Google moves forward with its mission of scanning literally all the world's books and magazines. Even materials that are not readable full text are nonetheless searchable. Some texts (pre-1923) may be read in their entirety; while others may be read across a limited number of pages (20% of the book) in 'preview' mode and some are only viewable in snippet view. The latter is the least useful to researchers.
- Click on "Settings" in the upper right-hand corner.
- Click on "Library Links" on the left-hand side
- On the next screen, type University at Buffalo into the "Library Links" box.
- Scroll down and click on "Save"
- Start searching.
- When you link to a full-text article from off campus you will be presented with a log-in screen. Log in with your UBIT name and password.
Useful Reference Books:
- Architectural Graphic Standards byCall Number: APL Reference and Hayes Hall Reading Room: TH2031 .A84 2016ISBN: 9781118909508Publication Date: 2016-03-21The ′Architect′s Bible′ since 1932, updated with the latest codes and standards Architectural Graphic Standards is the written authority for architects, designers, and building contractors. It provides comprehensive guidance on the visual representation of materials, products, systems, and assemblies. Updated to reflect the most current codes and standards, this new 12th edition features over 300 new drawings, tables, and designs and twenty-five percent new content. In response to architects′ feedback and overwhelming demand for a more graphics-heavy format, this edition employs shorter, more accessible texts and more images of the standards and evolution of design and construction. New coverage includes building resiliency and the building envelope, expert discussion on the fundamentals of design and construction documentation, and new examination of environmental factors and material properties and performance. Sustainable Design is no longer separated, but incorporated throughout, and extensive appendices keep useful data right at your fingertips. Graphic standards are essential to building design. They cover everything from door frames and roof designs to air ducts and outdoor sports facilities. This meticulous resource provides a compendium of planning standards, optimum dimensions, and normative construction details. The book is organized into three core sections covering: design and documentation, materials, and building elements. Architectural Graphic Standards features: Key architectural design and production processes functional planning, environmental assessment, building resiliency, and architectural construction documentation Thorough coverage of materials: concrete, masonry, metals, wood, plastics, composites, and glass An exhaustive survey of building elements substructures, shells, services, equipment, furnishings, special structures, and siteworks Comprehensive appendixes filled with pertinent data such as: classic architectural elements, mathematical data, and structural calculations Endorsed by the American Institute of Architects, this book has an enduring and unsurpassed reputation for high-quality illustration, text, and graphic design. For crucial information in a user-friendly format, Architectural Graphic Standards is the go-to reference on building design and construction.
- Architectural Graphic Standards for Residential Construction byCall Number: APL Reference: TH2031 .A84254 2010ISBN: 9780470395837Publication Date: 2010-04-26The residential construction market may have its ups and downs, but the need to keep your construction knowledge current never lets up. Now, with the latest edition of Architectural Graphic Standards for Residential Construction, you can keep your practice at the ready. This edition was expertly redesigned to include all-new material on current technology specific to residential projects for anyone designing, constructing, or modifying a residence. With additional, new content covering sustainable and green designs, sample residential drawings, residential construction code requirements, and contemporary issues in residential construction, it s a must-have resource. And now it′s easier to get the information you need when you need it with references to the relevant building codes built right into the details and illustrations. These new "smart" details go beyond dimensions with references to the International Residential Building Code presenting all the information you need right at your fingertips. New features and highlights include: Loads of previously unpublished content over 80% is either new or entirely revised Sustainable/ green design information in every chapter a must today′s practicing building and construction professionals Coverage of contemporary issues in residential construction aging in place, new urbanism, vacation and small homes, historic residences it s all here. Coverage of single- and multi-family dwellings complete coverage of houses, row homes and quadraplexes as dictated by the International Residential Building Codes.
- Architectural Research Methods byCall Number: Ebook LibraryISBN: 0470908556Publication Date: 2013-04-08The leading text on architectural research, Architectural Research Methods, Second Edition is completely revised throughout to include current trends and innovations in research, and discusses interdisciplinary involvement with design/build, sustainability and policy, urban design, product design, and product systems. This practical guide for architects and designers employs real-life examples of how good research can be used, from project inception to completion. New coverage of design studio-based research shows how the strategies described can be employed while new discussion of the use of digital media help frame the scope of research.
- Architecture byCall Number: APL: NA2760 .C46 2007ISBN: 9780471752165Publication Date: 2007-06-29A superb visual reference to the principles of architecture Now including interactive CD-ROM! For more than thirty years, the beautifully illustrated Architecture: Form, Space, and Order has been the classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architectural design. The updated Third Edition features expanded sections on circulation, light, views, and site context, along with new considerations of environmental factors, building codes, and contemporary examples of form, space, and order. This classic visual reference helps both students and practicing architects understand the basic vocabulary of architectural design by examining how form and space are ordered in the built environment.? Using his trademark meticulous drawing, Professor Ching shows the relationship between fundamental elements of architecture through the ages and across cultural boundaries. By looking at these seminal ideas, Architecture: Form, Space, and Order encourages the reader to look critically at the built environment and promotes a more evocative understanding of architecture. In addition to updates to content and many of the illustrations, this new edition includes a companion CD-ROM that brings the book's architectural concepts to life through three-dimensional models and animations created by Professor Ching.
- The Architecture of Community byCall Number: APL: NA2543 .S6 .K75 2009ISBN: 9781597265782Publication Date: 2009-05-08Leon Krier is one of the best-known--and most provocative--architects and urban theoreticians in the world. Until now, however, his ideas have circulated mostly among a professional audience of architects, city planners, and academics. In The Architecture of Community, Krier has reconsidered and expanded writing from his 1998 book Architecture: Choice or Fate. Here he refines and updates his thinking on the making of sustainable, humane, and attractive villages, towns, and cities. The book includes drawings, diagrams, and photographs of his built works, which have not been widely seen until now. With three new chapters, The Architecture of Community provides a contemporary road map for designing or completing today's fragmented communities. Illustrated throughout with Krier's original drawings, The Architecture of Community explains his theories on classical and vernacular urbanism and architecture, while providing practical design guidelines for creating livable towns. The book contains descriptions and images of the author's built and unbuilt projects, including the Krier House and Tower in Seaside, Florida, as well as the town of Poundbury in England. Commissioned by the Prince of Wales in 1988, Krier's design for Poundbury in Dorset has become a reference model for ecological planning and building that can meet contemporary needs.
- Dictionary of Architecture and Construction byCall Number: APL Reference: NA31 .H32 2006ISBN: 0071452370Publication Date: 2005-09-05Updated and expanded, this Fourth Edition of the most trusted reference in architecture offers the most comprehensive coverage of architectural and construction terms available. This classic dictionary now features nearly 25,000 definitions (including 2,800 new terms), 2,500 illustrations (including 200 new illustrations), and maintains its extraordinary visual appeal and easy-to-read page design.Prepared by a renowned architectural editor in association with expert contributors and incorporating the work of many standards groups, the book presents clear, concise definitions of terms in nearly 80 working areas. The Fourth Edition covers new industry terms which have emerged due to changes in engineering and building technologies, organizations, materials, and legal developments, and has been expanded to include more historic architectural styles. New terms include:LegalArchitectural Barriers ActWheelchair AccessibleMaterialsFibrous ConcreteLatex MortarPolymer-Based StuccoConcrete Compliance ConformityRefractory MortarOrganizationsBuilding Research Establishment (formerly Building Research Station) of Great BritainASTMHistoric Architectural StylesAnglo-PalladianismFrench VictorianIsabellinoMudajarMozarabicNeo-Rococo
- Encyclopedia of Community byCall Number: APL Reference: HM756 .E53 2003ISBN: 0761925988Publication Date: 2003-06-23'With every passing minute, it becomes more and more apparent that our world is one community. The Encyclopedia of Community serves as recognition of this trend and as a needed resource. The Encyclopedia of Community is a major four volume reference work comprising of over five hundred detailed articles, that seeks to provide a comprehensive exploration of one of the most widely researched topics in the behavioural and social sciences. Community itself is a concept, an experience, and a central part of being human. This pioneering major reference work seeks to provide the necessary definitions of community far beyond the traditional views. Arranged in an A-to-Z fashion, the Encyclopedia can also be viewed topically via a Reader's Guide. This allows for interdisciplinary "compare and contrast" among topics such as types of communities, social capital, technology, urban life, politics and law, community design, and global studies. Historical perspectives, contemporary analyses and communities of the future are all featured in this truly comprehensive Encyclopedia. The encyclopedia covers communities of the past and present, from 19th century utopians to the communes of the 1960s, to today's Rotary Club, Amish, and cyber communities.
- How Architects Write byCall Number: APL General Book Collection: NA2540 .S59 2013ISBN: 9780415891066Publication Date: 2012-08-10This is the first writing reference book for designers. Whether you're an architect, landscape architect, interiornbsp;designers, or an industrial designer How Architects Write shows you the interdependence of writing and design. Authors Tom Spector and Rebecca Damron present typical writing assignments and explain principles of effective writing by including examples of good form and illustrating common pitfalls. The book includes resources for how to write a designer's manifesto, statements of design intent, criticism, thesis, proposals, review statements, research reports, specifications, field reports, client communications, post-occupancy evaluations, and e-mailed meeting agendas so that you can navigate your career from school to the profession.
- The Language of Architecture byCall Number: APL: NA2550 .S56 2014 and onlineISBN: 9781627880480Publication Date: 2014-06-01Learning a new discipline is similar to learning a new language; in order to master the foundation of architecture, you must first master the basic building blocks of its language - the definitions, function, and usage. "Language of Architecture "provides students and professional architects with the basic elements of architectural design, divided into twenty-six easy-to-comprehend chapters. This visual reference includes an introductory, historical view of the elements, as well as an overview of how these elements can and have been used across multiple design disciplines.Whether you're new to the field or have been an architect for years, you'll want to flip through the pages of this book throughout your career and use it as the go-to reference for inspiration, ideas, and reminders of how a strong knowledge of the basics allows for meaningful, memorable, and beautiful fashions that extend beyond trends.This comprehensive learning tool is the one book you'll want as a staple in your library. "
- Residential cost data / RS Means. byCall Number: Hayes Hall Reading Room: TH4815.8 .M43Publication Date: 2016Square foot cost section -- Assemblies cost section -- Unit price section -- Reference section (Reference numbers, crew listings, location factors, abbreviations).
- The Routledge Companion to Design Research byCall Number: APL General Book Collection: NK1520 .R68 2015ISBN: 9780415706070Publication Date: 2014-10-29The Routledge Companion to Design Research offers a comprehensive examination of design research, celebrating the plurality of design research and the wide range of conceptual, methodological, technological and theoretical approaches evident in contemporary design research. This volume comprises 39 original and high quality design research chapters from contributors around the world, with offerings from the vast array of disciplines in and around modern design praxis, including areas such as industrial and product design, visual communication, interaction design, fashion design, service design, engineering and architecture. The Companion is divided into five distinct sections with chapters that examine the nature and process of design research, the purpose of design research, and how one might embark on design research. They also explore how leading design researchers conduct their design research through formulating and asking questions in novel ways, and the creative methods and tools they use to collect and analyse data. The Companion also includes a number of case studies that illustrate how one might best communicate and disseminate design research through contributions that offer techniques for writing and publicising research. The Routledge Companion to Design Research will have wide appeal to researchers and educators in design and design-related disciplines such as engineering, business, marketing, computing, and will make an invaluable contribution to state-of-the-art design research at postgraduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels and teaching across a wide range of different disciplines.
- Square foot costs / RS Means. byCall Number: Abbott Library APL Reference Collection TH435 .M44Publication Date: 2016
- Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design byCall Number: APL Reference: TH151 .T55 2005ISBN: 0071432051Publication Date: 2005-01-06Since its release in 1946, this has been one of the most widely recognized and respected resources for architects, engineers, and designers, bringing together the knowledge, techniques, and skills of some of the most well-known experts in the field. The new Eighth Edition takes a fresh, visual approach to the information architects need to access quickly, helping them save time and money by assuring they get it right the first time. Readers will find timely, new chapters on building security, natural disaster mitigation, building diagnostics, facility management, and much more. The accompanying CD-ROM contains the complete contents of the Eighth Edition.
- Time-Saver Standards for Building Types byCall Number: APL Reference: NA2760 .D42 2001ISBN: 0070163871Publication Date: 2001-12-01
Key Architecture Database for Finding Floor Plans:
- Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals This link opens in a new windowA comprehensive index to national and international architectural journals, both professional and popular. Covers architecture, urban planning and design, historic preservation, art, and related topics. Lists reviews for books, exhibitions, audiovisuals, websites, floor plans, elevations, site plans, etc . Comprehensive coverage 1930 to the present; selective coverage from 1860 – 1830. Updated weekly.
- Detail Inspiration This link opens in a new windowIt's a full-text database with photos, drawings and technical information sourced from DETAIL print magazine.
- 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 (PDP): Use "Physical Description’ to limit to diagrams, portraits, plans, maps, etc…se
- 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.
- Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Surveyhe Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are among the largest and most heavily used in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Since 2000, documentation from the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) has been added to the holdings. The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes, including examples as diverse as the Pueblo of Acoma, houses, windmills, one-room schools, the Golden Gate Bridge, and buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
ArcGIS Desktop allows you to create maps, perform spatial analysis, and manage data. You can import multiple data formats and use powerful analytical tools and workflows to identify spatial patterns, trends, and non-obvious relationships.
UB affiliates are eligible for a free UB ArcGIS Online account, provided by the College of Arts and Sciences.
This includes a license for ArcGIS Pro, which can be installed on personal or UB-owned computers. Additional Esri software/apps are available -- ArcGIS StoryMaps, ArcGIS Urban, ArcGIS CityEngine, ArcGIS Business Analyst, ArcGIS GeoPlanner, ArcGIS Insights, and ArcGIS Tracker.
In order to create an account, begin by completing the CASet work order form. In the section titled, "Describe the issue below", add a note requesting an invitation to join UB's ArcGIS Online organization.
Once you have an organizational account, you can download the ArcGIS Pro installer here:
https://suny-buffalo.maps.arcgis.com/home/user.html#settings Select Licenses from the left.
Existing ArcGIS Online users can log in here: https://suny-buffalo.maps.arcgis.com
EndNote and Citation Guidance
EndNote: a software tool for managing references. EndNote helps you organize bibliographic references to journal articles, book chapters, Web sites and other information sources. References can be downloaded from UB Libraries' databases directly into a personal EndNote database known as a Library in EndNote terminology. Bibliographies can be created and formatted in over a thousand standard style formats including APA, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver, and others..
Annotated Bibliography: an annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.
Research guide on: Literature Reviews, Scoping Reviews, Systematic Reviews: Differentiating the Three Review Types
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): a detailed guide to APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles, access "Research and Citation" on the left to for citation style help.
- AIA Buffalo/WNY Chapterlocal American Institute of Architects chapter.
- ArchinectOnline architecture community, B/a+p's page within the blog.
- ArchINFORM20th century, international architecture about worldwide architects and buildings from past to present. Most entries include name, address, keywords, images and information about further literature.
- ArchitezerDatabase for architecture and sourcing building products. Home of the A+Awards - the global awards program for today's best architects.
- Buffalo Architecture FoundationA 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)
- Getty Research Portalhttp://portal.getty.edu/
- PlanetizenA one-stop source for urban planning news, commentary, interviews, event coverage, book reviews, announcements, jobs, consultant listings, training, and more.
- Sweets ConstructionOffers comprehensive product information on CAD details, BIM objects, specs, catalogs, galleries, green product information, CEUs and more.
- US Modernist Library: Architecture Magazine LibraryOpen digital collection of major US 20th-century architecture magazines, with over 4.1 million downloadable pages.
El Croquis is a Spanish architectural magazine that is kept behind the APL/HSL Circulation desk. To look up an architect use this index: http://www.elcroquis.es/Shop/Issue/List?mID=1, then go to the Circulation Desk for issue of the journal. The journal is also indexed in Avery.
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