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Architecture Reference Sources

This reference guide is a selective list of what I consider to be the standard, historically important and most helpful architecture reference sources, organized by the broad topics below. It is by no means comprehensive. Unless otherwise noted, all titles in this guide are located in the Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall, University of California, Berkeley. Additional related and new materials can be found by checking in the library catalogs and California Digital Library catalogs available from the UCB Library website.

Bibliographies & Guides to the Literature
Biographical Dictionaries & Directories
Dictionaries | Foreign Language
Directories of Architectural Schools
Encyclopedias
Indexes - Periodical & Newspaper
Histories and Surveys--General--United States
Library Catalogs & Special Collections
Pictorial Material
Building Codes--Handbooks and Manuals
Cost Estimating--Handbooks and Manuals
Technical Handbooks and Standards
Specifications, Trade and Product Literature
Illustration & Drawing Guides
Professional Practice

For additional assistance, consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.

Content reviewed: . By Elizabeth Douthitt Byrne, Head, Environmental Design Library.

Bibliographies & Guides to the Literature

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Biographical Dictionaries & Directories

See ENVI guide - Biographical Resources on Architects

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Dictionaries

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Dictionaries - Foreign Language

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Directories of Architectural Schools

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Encyclopedias

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Histories and Surveys--General

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Histories & Surveys - United States

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Library Catalogs & Special Collections

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Pictorial Material

For a list of books that provide views, plans, sections, elevations, and details of buildings and landscapes, see the Enivornmental Design Library reference guides, Architecture & Landscape - Plans and Pictorial Sources and Researching UCB Buildings and Campus.

Additionally, the Environmental Design Archives, College of Environmental Design is an archive of original architectural drawings with its major focus on Bay Area architecture. The collection is available by appointment (510) 642-5124. The Bancroft Library and its U.C. Archives also have architectural drawings, which are included in the library catalogs.

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Building Codes--Handbooks and Manuals

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Cost Estimating - Handbooks & Manuals

The following are basic guides to cost estimating in architecture/construction. Many of these guides include a section on cost fluctuations by region and major cities.

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Technical Handbooks & Standards

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Specifications, Trand and Product Literature

See ENVI guide: Sustainable Design Resources

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Illustration & Drawing Guides

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Professional Practice

For a comprehensive list of job-related sources in architecture, see Job Hunting in Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture

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