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Architectural History: Researching Regional Architecture

This is a primer on basic sources for researching architecture and its history.

Selected sources

Architectural atlases provide information on types of architecture by geographic location.  They have great illustrations of buildings, which are often accompanied by drawings of floor plans and elevations.  There are also good guides on regional architecture that list both historic and contemporary buildings, some of which are highlighted below.  For additional materials, search HOMER for books, and the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals or JSTOR for journal articles.

Gebhard, David.  Los Angeles: An Architectural Guide.  Gibbs Smith, 2003.  AFA Refeference, call number NA735.L55G44 2003.

Guo, Qinghua.  A Visual Dictionary of Chinese Architecture.  Images Pub., 2002.  AFA Reference, NA1540.G86 2002x.

Moeller, Gerard Martin.  AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, D. C.  Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.  AFA Reference, call number NA735.W3M64 2012.

Sinkevitch, Alice.  AIA Guide to Chicago.  Harcourt, 2004.  AFA Reference, call number C4A43 2004.

Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture.  Phaidon, 2004.  AFA Reference, call number NA680.P53 2004.

This is a global survey of oustanding works of contemporary architecture.

Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture.  Phaidon, 2008.  AFA Reference, call number NA679.P...2008.

Covers over 1000 buildings.

Smith, Laura Massino.  Architecture Tours, L. A. Guidebook [2004-2006].  There are several separate guidebooks: Pasadena; Hancock Park/Miracle Mile; Hollywood; Downtown; West Hollywood-Beverly Hills; Silver Lake.  They are all located in the AFA Reference section.

Vellinga, Marcel. Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World.  Routledge, 2007.  AFA Stacks, call number NA208.V45 2007.

Mapping such diverse aspects as materials and resources, technologies, structural systems, symbolism, forms and service systems on a cross-cultural and comparative basis, this work documents the distribution, diversity and relationships of the world’s vernacular building traditions.

White, Norval.  AIA Guide to New York CIty.  Oxford University Press, 2010.  AFA Reference, call number NA735.N5A78 2010.