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Architects' websites

In many cases, the architect's website will include projects with photos, plans and drawings. They may also include a bibliography of works (books and journal articles) where the building has been featured. You can check these sources in WorldCat or the architecture databases Avery and Art & Architecture Source to see if the library has access.

Find photos, plans and drawings in books

In some cases, there may be a book devoted to the study of a specific building. However, only a small percentage of buildings have been studied or written about in such detail. However, many books on 20th & 21st century architecture and architects have floor plans and drawings of completed works and projects. Use WorldCat to locate books on the building, project or architect and include the keyword "plans" (see examples below).

Le Corbusier plans

Herzog & de Meuron plans

Farnsworth House plans


Google Books Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books. Then search WorldCat to see if your results are available in the AUS Library.

Books with photos, plans and drawings

Find photos, plans and drawings in journals

Photos, plans and drawings can be found in the library collection of print and online journals. Most of these are indexed in the architecture databases Avery and Art & Architecture Source (not WorldCat). You need to search in these databases to locate the relevant material in architecture journals and databases or refer to a list of key journals from the Journals and Magazines box on the left hand column of this guide.

Many of the key architecture journals, where you will find illustrative material, are only available in print. The library has a wide selection of architecture journals in the Silent Study Room on the 2nd floor. While current issues of all journals are for library use only, older issues may be borrowed.

Websites with photos, plans and drawings