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Environmental Design: Architecture

Architecture Information Needs

Search for Books

When searching for books, keep in mind most buildings won't have a book about them, instead search for the architect/studio. You can also find books on historical or vernacular architecture of an area for example search broadly for African architecture or Indonesian architecture.


Search for Articles

When searching articles use the title of the project (consider alternate building names!). However, if you want peer-reviewed scholarly articles, you will need to search by bigger ideas or themes, as there are probably not scholarly articles about specific buildings:

Architecture Collections

The Art & Architecture Collection is located on the second floor in the north wing of Norlin Library. The collection houses one of the most comprehensive art library collections in the Mountain West. The Art & Architecture Collection contains approximately 100,000 volumes of reference works, monographs, exhibition catalogues. We subscribe to well over 200 journals and serials.


BrowZine allows you to browse and read journals from the CU Boulder Libraries, by subject. Monitor your favorite journals by creating your own bookshelf, where you'll get updates for new articles and issues.

Click the image below to browse through journals from the CU Boulder Libraries in the "Architecture" subject.

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Architectural History Research

Books will often cover the whole breadth of an architectural movement, style, or architect, giving you essential contextual information:





Engineering, Science and Design Librarian

Art & Architecture Librarian

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Alex Watkins