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The Architecture Library is developing a small, reference collection of core architectural building materials samples. The Materials Collection introduces students to a range of materials that can be used in the design and construction of the built environment. 

CSI MasterFormat Divisions

The Materials Collection is organized by the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) MasterFormat to familiarize students with industry standards before entering the design profession. 

CSI MasterFormat is the standard for organizing construction specifications of commercial and institutional building projects in the U.S. and Canada.

MasterFormat is a product of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and Construction Specifications Canada. 

MasterFormat on Wikipedia

External Material Collection Resources

Materia - Materia is the global network in the area of innovative materials. Materia encourages joint innovation on the road to a more beautiful, sustainable and high-quality built environment.

The University of Texas at Austin Materials Laboratory - The Materials Lab maintains the largest and most comprehensive academic material collection in the world. The ever-growing collection features 27,000+ material samples and is reflective of the current building and design markets with a particular focus on smart, emerging and sustainable materials and technlogies. 

Print Resources

Allen, Edward. Fundamentals of building construction: materials and methods. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2014. Call # TH 145 A417 2014

Berge, Bjørn. The Ecology of Building Materials. Oxford: Architectural Press, 2000. Call # TA 403.6 B456613 2000

Brownell, Blaine. Material strategies: innovative applications in architecture. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2012. Call # TA 403.6 B76 2012

Brownell, Blaine. Transmaterial next: a catalog of materials that redefine our future. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2017. Call # TA 403.6 T153 2017

Ching, Frank. Building construction illustrated. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Call # TH 146 C52 2014

Dernie, David. Material Imagination in Architecture. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Call # NA 2750 D38 2016

Fernandez, John. Material architecture: emergent materials for innovative buildings and ecological construction. Boston: Architectural Press, 2006. TA 403.6 F47 2006

Foster, Michael. Architecture: style, structure and design. New York: Excalibur Books, 1982. Call # NA 2500 A73 1982

Howes, Philip. Material matters: new materials in design. London: Black Dog Pub., 2012. Call # TA 403.6 H69 2012

Kultermann, Eva. Construction materials, methods, and techniques: building for a sustainable future. Boston, MA: Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2017. Call # TH 145 K85 2017

Lefteri, Chris. Making it: manufacturing techniques for product design. London: Laurence King Pub., 2007. Call # TS 183 L44 2007

Lyons, Arthur. Materials for architects and builders. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Call # TA 403 L95 2014

Spiegel, Ross. Green building materials: a guide to product selection and specification. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2012. Call # TH 455 S65 2012

concrete

Canadian Portland Cement Association. Concrete Design Handbook. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Portland Cement Association, 1995. Call # TA 683.2 C576 1995

Day, Richard. The practical handbook of concrete and masonry. New York, NY: Arco, 1969. Call # TA 670 D38 1969

Kottas, Dimitris. Architecture and construction in concrete. Barcelona: Links, 2012. Call # NA 4125 K68 2012

Peck, Martin. Modern concrete construction manual: structural design, material properties, sustainability. München: Institut für internationale Architektur-Dokumentation, 2014. Call # TH 1461 A85313 2014

brick

Wingender, Jan Peter. Brick: an exacting material. Amsterdam: Architectura & Natura Press, 2016. Call # NA 1148.6 B74 2016

metal

Kottas, Dimitris. Architecture and construction in metal. Barcelona: Links, 2012. Call # NA 4133 K68 2012

aluminum

Peter, John. An international review of aluminum in modern architecture. Louisville, KY: Reynolds Metal Co., 1958. Call # NA 4138 I58 1958

wood

Aicher, Simon. Materials and joints in timber structures. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014. Call # TH 1101 M38 2014

Forest Products Laboratory. Wood handbook: wood as an engineering material. Madison, WI: U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2010. Call # TA 419 W66 2010

Galindo, Michelle. Wood architecture & design. Salenstein: Braun, 2012. Call # NA 4110 G26 2012

Glasner, Barbara. Wonder wood: a favorite material for design, architecture, and art. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2013. Call # NK 9604 G53713 2013

Green, Michael. Tall wood buildings: design, construction and performance. Boston:  Birkhäuser, 2017. Call # TA 666 G74 2017

Hansen, Hans Jürgen. Architecture in wood: a history of wood building and its techniques in Europe and North America. New York, NY: Viking Press, 1971. Call # TH 1101 H2913 1971

Herzog, Thomas. Timber construction manual. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2004. Call # TA 666 T472 2004

Hoadley, R. Bruce. Understanding wood: a craftsman’s guide to wood technology. Newton, Conn: Taunton Press, 1980. Call # TT 180 H59 1980

Jeska, Simone. Emergent timber technologies: materials, structures, engineering, projects. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2015. Call # TH 1101 N42213 2015

Jodidio, Philiip. 100 contemporary wood buildings. Cologne: Taschen, 2015. Call # NA 4110 J635 2015 V.1 & V.2

Lennartz, Marc Wilhelm. New architecture in wood: forms and structures. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2016. Call # NA 4110 L45713 2015

Mayo, Joseph. Solid wood: case studies in mass timber architecture, technology and design. New York: Routledge, 2015. Call # NA 4110 M29 2015

McLeod, Virginia. Detail in contemporary timber architecture. London: Laurence King Pub., 2010. Call # NA 4110 M354 2010

Meyhöfer, Dirk. Touch wood: the rediscovery of a building material. Berlin: Braun, 2008. Call # NA 4110 T68 2008

Monies, Finn. Wood in architecture. New York, NY: F.W. Dodge Corporation, 1961. Call # NA 1218 M613 1961

Norman, Anne. Made in wood: l’art de construire en bois. Bruxelles: Mardaga, 2014. Call # NA 4110 N675 2014

Pryce, Will. Architecture in wood: a world history. London: Thames & Hudson, 2016. Call # NA 4110 P79 2016

Schwinn, Tobias. Advancing wood architecture: a computational approach. New York: Routledge, 2017. Call # NA 4110 M456 2017

Steiger, Ludwig. Basics timber construction. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2007. Call # TA 666 S685 2007

plastic

Bell, Michael. Permanent change: plastics in architecture and engineering. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014. Call # TA 668 P46 2014

Faircloth, Billie. Plastics now: on architecture’s relationship to a continuously emerging material. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Call # TA 668 F35 2015

Kottas, Dimitris. Architecture and construction in plastic. Barcelona: Links, 2012. Call # NA 4145 P53 K68 2012

glass

Kottas, Dimitris. Architecture and construction in glass. Barcelona: Links, 2012. Call # NA 4140 K88 2012

Vellay, Dominique. La Maison de Verre. London: Thames & Hudson, 2007. Call # NA 7348 P2 V456 2007

Zegarac Leskovar, Vesna. Energy-efficient timber-glass houses. London: Springer London, 2013. Call # NA 2545.3 Z43 2013

fabric

Yates, Marypaul. Fabrics: a guide for interior designers and architects. New York: Norton, 2002. Call # TS 1767 Y38 2002