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Architecture: 48-105: Architecture Design Studio: Foundation II: Guide


Buildings and Their Architects
Research Tips and key sources for researching buildings and their architects.


Key sources for finding images of architecture and more.


Building Types
Research tips and key sources about building types includes houses and housing, libraries, and museums

Precedent Study

Follow these tips:

Search the free Web:

  • Many buildings and architects can be found on the free Web on architects' firm web sites, active architecture blogs, etc.; but note that many web sites are commercial and promotional in nature. Look for information from credible sources. You will likely need to look elsewhere for in-depth information, critical analysis, good drawings, and high-resolution images.

Search for books and e-books and articles:

  • CMU Libraries: Everything
    Use the library's <Everything> search to find books and articles. Use the left hand column to target your results. Use the button to try to determine if Carnegie Mellon has access to electronic or print versions of an article. Note that very few buildings have entire books written about them, but buildings may be part of a book with a broader topic. Articles often provide the best information about buildings and the best drawings and other images.

  • Worldcat
    Find books and other resources in libraries around Pittsburgh, the country, and the world. Worldcat acts as a massive bibliography of published materials.  Use the Serials Solutions 360 Link button to look for books at Carnegie Mellon or to request a book via interlibrary loan.


Search for articles in architecture databases:

  • Art & Architecture Source and Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals in EBSCOhost
    Select the <Art & Architecture Source> and <Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals> boxes. Click CONTINUE to search both databases at one time. Use these databases to identify articles that have been published in art and architecture journals. Use the Serials Solutions 360 Link button to try to determine if Carnegie Mellon has access to electronic or print versions an article. Articles often provide the best information about buildings and the best drawings and other images.

Use Interlibrary Loan:

48-105 Bibliography

  • Angelil, Marc M., and Dirk Hebel. Designing Architecture: A Manual. Basel; Boston: Birkhäuser, 2008. HUNT HUNT STACKS-4 NA2750 .A62 2008

  • Ballantyne, Andrew.  Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present: Plans, Sections and ElevationsLondon, Laurence King Publishers, 2012.
    HUNT FA-REF-4 NA 000200 .B355  2012

  • Balmer, Jeffrey., and Michael T Swisher. Diagramming the Big Idea: Methods for Architectural Composition.  New York: Routledge, 2012.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 NA2750 .B3225 2012

  • Bjone, Christian.  First House: The Grid, the Figure and the Void.  Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Academy, 2002.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 NA7208 .B58 2002  

  • Ching, Frank. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2007.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 NA2760 .C46 2007

  • Ching, Frank, and James Eckler. Introduction to Architecture. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2013.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 NA2520 .C48 2013

  • Clark, Roger H., and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture: Analytic Diagrams, Formative Ideas, and Partis. 4th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2012.
    HUNT FA-REF-4 NA2750 .C55 2012

  • Davies, Colin.  Thinking About Architecture: An Introduction to Architectural Theory. London: Laurence King, 2011.
    HUNT STACKS-4 NA2500 .D38X 2011

  • Eckler, James.  Language of Space and Form: Generative Terms for Architecture. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
    HUNT STACKS-4 NA2750 .E34 2012

  • Eisenman, Peter. Ten Canonical Buildings 1950-2000. New York: Rizzoli, 2008.
    HUNT STACKS-4 NA7208 .B58 2002  

  • Ford, Edward R. The Details of Modern Architecture. 2 Vols.   Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1990.
    HUNT FA-REF-4  NA2840 .F67 1990

  • Garcia, Mark. The Diagrams of Architecture: AD Reader. Chichester: Wiley, 2010.
    NA2700 .D53

  • Habraken, N. J.  Conversations with Form: A Workbook for Students of Architecture.  London; New York: Routledge, 2014.
    HUNT STACKS-4 NA2750 .H23 2014
  • Muckenheim, Mark and Juliane Demel.  Inspiration: Contemporary Design Methods in Architecture.  Amsterdam: BIS Publishers, 2012.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 NA2750 .M83 2012

  • Pottmann, Helmut et. al.  Architectural Geometry.  Exton, PA: Bentley Institute Press, 2007.
    HUNT STACKS-4 NA2760 .A73 2007


  • Pyo, Mi young. Architectural Diagrams. Berlin: Dom, 2011.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4  NA2750 .A6806 2011

  • Pyo, Mi young., and Seonwook Kim. Architectural and Program Diagrams 2. Berlin: DOM, 2013.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 NA2780 .P96 2013

  • Pyo, Mi young. Conceptual Diagrams. 2nd ed. Seoul, Korea: Damdi Pub., 2011.
    NA2760 .C66 2011

  • Simitch, Andrea and Val Warke.  The Language of Architecture: 26 Principles Every Architect Should Know.  Beverly, MA: Rockport Publishers, 2014.
    HUNT STACKS-4 NA 2550 .S56 2014

  • Smith, Kendra Schank.  Architects' Sketches: Dialogue and Design.  Oxford: Architectural Press, 2008.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 NA2700 .S65 2008

  • Sŏ, Kyŏng-wŏn., Yun-gyŏng Kang, and Min-jŏng Kim. Activity Diagrams. Seoul: Damdi, 2006.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4  NA2840 .A28 2006 

  • Tschumi, Bernard, and Matthew Berman, eds.  INDEX Architecture.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003.
    HUNT STACKS-4 NA2300 .C65 I53 2003

  • Tschumi, Bernard, and Irene Cheng, eds.  The State of Architecture at the Beginning of the 21st Century.  New York: Monacelli Press, 2003.
    HUNT STACKS-4 NA687 .S73 2003

  • Unwin, Simon. Analysing Architecture.  4th edition. London; New York: Routledge, 2014.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 NA 2750 .U58 2014

  • Unwin, Simon.  Exercises in Architecture: Learning to Think as an Architect.  London; New York: Routledge, 2012.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 NA2005 .U59 2012

  • Unwin, Simon. Twenty-five Buildings Every Architect Should Understand.  London; New York: Routledge, 2015.
    NA680 .U59 2015

  • Worpole. Ken.  Contemporary Library Architecture:  A Planning and Design Guide.  London; New York: Routledge, 2013.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-3 Z679 .W83 2013


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