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Architecture Collection

The Architecture Library is located on the second floor of the McEwen School of Architecture at 85 Elm Street in downtown Sudbury.

If you wish to access the Architecture Library and are not a LU architecture student, staff or faculty member, please contact the library (email: or telephone: 705 675 1151, extension 7273) in advance to schedule a visit.

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Hours of Operation

In response to the evolving situation surrounding Covid-19, The McEwen School of Architecture Library and the J. N. Desmarais Library and Archives will be closed until further notice, effective March 17, 2020 4:30 pm. We are continuing to provide online reference.

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Photograph. Paseo del Prado, Madrid. Available from: Artstor Digital Library, (accessed March 7, 2018). 

Reference Sources

Note: Most book materials may be referenced at Laurentian University’s McEwen School of Architecture Library.

Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL)—Core Reference List:

For a list of key architectural reference materials recommended by AASL, see: Note that the list has an American orientation and that Laurentian does not carry every title.

Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL)--Core Periodicals List:

For a list of key architectural periodicals recommended by AASL, see Note that Laurentian does not carry every title.

Architecture: An Introduction

Jacobsen, Max. Invitation to Architecture: Discovering Delight in the World Built Around Us. Newtown, CT: The Taunton Press, 2014.  Call # NA 2550 J33 2014

Simitch, Andrea and Val Warke. The Language of Architecture: 26 Principles Every Architect Should Know. Beverley, MA: Rockport Publishers, 2014. Call # NA 2550 S56 2014

Architectural Survey:

Roth, Leland M. and Amanda C. Roth Clark. Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History, and Meaning. 3rd ed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2014. Call # NA 2500 R68 2014

Architectural Theory: (western emphasis)

Davies, Colin. Thinking About Architecture: An Introduction to Architectural Theory.  London: Laurence King Publishing, 2011. Call # NA 2500 D38 2011

Mallgrave,, Harry Francis, ed. Architectural Theory, 2 vols. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2006-<2008>.  Call # NA 2500 A7115 2006 vols. 1 & 2 (This is an anthology.)

Architectural Practice:

The American Institute of Architects. The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2014. Call # NA 1996 A726 2014

Cuff, Dana. Architecture: The Story of Practice. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 1992. Call # NA 1996 C84 1992

Delaney, Miriam and Anne Gorman. Studio Craft and Technique: the Architecture Student’s Handbook. Dublin: University College Dublin, 2011. Call # NA 2708 D45 2011

Pressman, Andrew. Professional Practice 101: Business Strategies and Case Studies in Architecture. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2006. Call # NA 1996 P76 2006

Architectural Style:

Cole, Emily. A Concise History of Architectural Styles. London: Herbert Press, [2003]. Call # NA 204 C66 2003

Kalman, Harold. A History of Canadian Architecture. Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press, 1994. Call # NA 740 K35 1994 vols. 1 & 2

Ricketts, Shannon et al. A Guide to Canadian Architectural Styles. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2004. Call # NA 740 R53 2004

Smith, Roger T. An Illustrated History of Architectural Styles. London: Omega Books, 1987. Call # NA 200 I55 1987

Architectural Drawings (available at the McEwen School of Architecture Library) - lists: 

Biographical: (Note: perform a subject search in library catalogue using the terms “architects” and “biography” to retrieve expanded biographical resources.)

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada from 1800-1950

Canadian Encyclopedia (thru the Web)

Select “People,” then “Architects, Builders & Planners”

Grierson, Joan et al. For the Record: The First Women in Canadian Architecture. Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press, 2008. Call # NA 1997 F67 2008

Jodidio, Philip. 100 Contemporary Architects. Hong Kong: Taschen, 2013. Call # NA 680 J567 2013 vols. 1 & 2

Van Vynckt, Randall, ed. International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture. Detroit, MI: St. James Press, 1993. Call # NA 40 I48 1993 vols. 1 & 2

-----LAL Visions in Canadian Design Inaugural Lecture Series (2013)

Using the keywords above, search YouTube for the six available videos.

Building Types: General Resources

Clark, Roger H. and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. 2nd ed. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1996. Call # NA 2750 C55 1996

Pevsner, Nikolaus. A History of Building Types. London: Thames and Hudson, 1976. Call # NA 4170 P48 1976

Phaidon Press. Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture. [London]: Phaidon, 2004. Call # NA 680 P378 2004

Vellinga, Marcel, Paul Oliver, and Alexander Bridge. Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Abingdon, Oxon; Routledge, 2007. Call # NA 208 V45 2007, see Building Styles


Bloom, Jonathan M. and Sheila S. Blair, eds. The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture. Oxford: OUP, 2009. Call # N 6260 G75 2009 vols. 1-3

Campbell, Gordon, ed. The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and ArchitectureOxford: OUP, 2007.

Hourihane, Colum P., ed. The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art & Architecture. New York: OUP, 2012. Call # N5965 G76 2012 vols. 1-6

Graphic and Time-Saver Standards:

Harris, Charles W. and Nicholas T. Dines, co-eds. Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture: Design and Construction Data. NY: McGraw Hill, 1998. Call # SB 475.9 S72 T55 1988

Pressman, Andrew. Architectural Graphic Standards. 11th ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2007. Call # TH 2031 A84 2007

Watson, Donald and Michael J. Crosbie, eds. Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design: Technical Data for Professional Practice. NY: McGraw Hill, 2005. Call # TH 151 T55 2005 + CD-ROM

Local History

See Local History Collection housed in the Mary C. Shantz Room on the (basement) Reference Level of the Greater Sudbury Public Library’s Main Library, 74 Mackenzie Street, Sudbury, ON P3C 4X8

See also Laurentian’s J. N. Laurentian University Library & Archives

Materials Library:

The Architecture Library is developing a small, but useful materials library. Materials are available for reference, introducing students to a range of materials that can be used in the design and construction of the built environment.  

Canadian Competitions Catalog

Digital and bilingual library for architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture projects designed in the context of competitions in Canada.

Helpful Databases

Architecture Journals:

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals - Vendor: ProQuest

“The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation” (

Art & Design Database:

Art & Architecture Source   -  Vendor: Ebscohost

Description: “A useful resource for art and architecture research…Content includes over 750 full-text journals and more than 220 full-text books…with detailed indexing and abstracts…as well as an Image Collection” (

Historical Database:

Historical Abstracts  - Vendor: ABC-CLIO

Description: Historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present.

Technology Database:

ASTM Standards (American Society for Testing and Materials) - Vendor: ASTM Int.’l.

Description: Electronic edition of nearly every ASTM book, paper, or chapter from nearly every piece of work published by ASTM. The new ASTM Digital Library provides over 30,000 papers and chapters and more than 400,000 pages of information.

Useful, All-Round Database:


Description: “JSTOR is a shared digital library” including “more than 2,000 academic journals…along with thousands of monographs and other materials relevant for education…[T]he content on JSTOR comes from a broad range of disciplines, predominantly in the humanities, social sciences and field sciences”


Visual Resource Database:

Artstor Digital Library - Vendor: ARTstor

Description: “the Artstor Digital Library shares 1.8 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from outstanding museums, photo archives, photographers, scholars, and artists” (

Quick Database Links


  • Art & Architecture Source ?

    Description: This database covers a broad range of related subjects from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. This database features full-text articles—as well as detailed indexing and abstracts—for an array of journals, books and more. International in scope, Art & Architecture Source includes periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch and is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers.

  • Artstor ?

    Description: The Artstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.8 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Our community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.

  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals ?

    Description: The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals is published by the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. It offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture and design, including bibliographic descriptions on subjects such as the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, and interior design and decoration. It contains over seven hundred American and international journals including not only scholarly and popular periodical literature, but also publications of professional associations, American state and regional periodicals, and the major serials on architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Articles are included from key publications such as American Architect, Domus, Dwell, and El Croquis, as well as architectural articles from art and planning journals such as Burlington Magazine, Journal of Green Building, Metropolitan Museum Journal, and Urban Land. Avery Index also contains references to more than thirteen thousand obituary citations thereby providing architects, architectural historians, and researchers with an excellent source of biographical and professional information about architects. Among the obituaries indexed are those from four crucial American periodicals since their inception: American Architect (1876), Architectural Forum (1892), Architectural Record (1891), and Progressive Architecture (1920). The Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects is indexed as far back as 1865, providing an extensive record of English architects.

  • GreenFILE ?

    Description: GreenFILE is a multidisciplinary database which relates the environment to a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. Includes more than 538,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 5,800 records. Years covered: 1969 - present.

  • JSTOR ?

    Description: JSTOR includes the archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references. Note: Normally the journals in JSTOR are five years from current; further, all JSTOR journals are available through the "Get it @ Laurentian" link from other databases. JSTOR should NOT be used as at the first resort.

Architecture Journals

Architecture Journal Titles at Laurentian (print/electronic)

A + U Architecture and Urbanism = Kenchiku toToshi
AA Files
APT Bulletin
Architect: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Architects’ Journal (AJ)
Architectural Design (AD)
Architectural History: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
Architectural Record
Architectural Review
Architectural Science Review
Architectural Theory Review
Architecture and Culture
Architecture d'Aujourd'Hui
Arkitektur N
Arkitektur: The Swedish Review of Architecture
ARQ (Chile)
ARQ Architectural Research Quarterly
Azure: Design Architecture & Art
Canadian Architect
Detail (English): Review of Architecture and Construction
El Croquis
Energy and Buildings
Fine Homebuilding
Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly
Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation History, Theory & Criticism
GA Document
GA Houses
Garden History
Grey Room
Harvard Design Magazine
Home Cultures
Interior Design
JAPA: Journal of the American Planning Association
Journal of Architectural Education (JAE)
Journal of Architectural Engineering
Journal of Architecture
Journal of Landscape Architecture
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
Journal of Urban Design
Landscape Journal
Lotus International
The PLAN Journal: Research in Architecture and Urbanism
Planning Perspectives
Quaderns d'Arquitectura i Urbanisme
Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes
Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD)
Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review
Vernacular Architecture


*Based on the AASL (Association of Architecture School Librarians) core periodical list. (Last updated February 21, 2020)

Finding Books

Shelf Searching

Laurentian organizes books by the Library of Congress Classification System. Some patrons may wish to browse for books in the stacks; Architecture-related materials are generally classified under Fine Arts (N), more specifically Architecture holds the classification NA.

Relevant call number ranges include:

E-F – History. Historic Preservation.
GN – Vernacular Architecture
HT – City Planning. Urban Design.
KF – Architecture and Law
LB – Buildings for Education
N - Visual Arts
NA 1-9428 – Architecture
NA 1-60 – General
NA 100-130 – Architecture and the state
NA 190-1555.5 – History
NA 1995 – Architecture as a profession
NA 2000-2320 – Study and teaching. Research
NA 2335-2360 – Competitions
NA 2400-2460 – Museums. Exhibitions
NA 2500-2599 – General works
NA 2599.5-2599.9 – Architectural criticism
NA 2695-2793 – Architectural drawing and design
NA 2835-4050 – Details and decoration
NA 4100-8480 – Special classes of buildings
NA 4100-4145 – Classed by material
NA 4150-4160 – Classed by form
NA 4170-8480 – Classed by use
NA 4170-7020 – Public buildings
NA 4590-5621 – Religious architecture
NA 7100-7884 – Domestic architecture. Houses. Dwellings
NA 7910-8125 – Clubhouses, guild houses, etc.
NA 8200-8260 – Farm architecture
NA 8300-8480 – Outbuildings, gates, fences, etc.
NA 9000-9428 – Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying
NC – Drawing and Graphic Arts
NK – Interior Architecture and Design
RA – Hospital and Health Facilities Design
SB – Landscape Architecture
TH – Building and Construction
Z 679 – Library Design

Searching the Catalogue

The catalogue is your primary tool for finding books in the Architecture Library. You can also use the catalogue to find other materials, including government publications and journals (the journals themselves--not individual articles).

You can search the catalogue by:
• Keyword
• Title
• Author
• Subject
• Journal Title

When you know the book you are searching for, pick Title or Author; when you are searching for a topic, start with Keyword unless you know the exact Subject heading describing your topic.
More on searching the Catalogue is available in Module 5 of the Research Skills Tutorial in D2L.


WorldCat allows you to search for books worldwide. With nearly 200 million records representing titles held by nearly 75,000 libraries you will find almost any book ever published in the English language in WorldCat.

Books at Laurentian are listed in WorldCat. If we don't have it, you can request it through RACER, our interlibrary loan system with university libraries across Canada.

Search Tips:  After your search, when you see a title that interests you, click on it and within the record you will see an image for "Get it @ Laurentian" :  

When you click on that, you will be led to a menu which allows you to check for availability in Laurentian’s catalogue or order the item through ILL - Interlibrary Loan.

Image Sources

Visual Resource Database

Artstor Digital Library - Vendor: ARTstor

Description: “the Artstor Digital Library shares 1.8 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from outstanding museums, photo archives, photographers, scholars, and artists” (

Searching for Images on the Web

Archnet: an open-access library on the built environment of Muslim societies

Flickr Creative Commons
(from “Any license” limit to “All creative commons”)

Getty - Open Content Program

Google Advanced Image Search

(under “usage rights,” choose “free to use or share”)

Wikimedia Commons

Architectural Drawings

Sources for Architectural Drawings

Architectural Drawings (at the McEwen School of Architecture Library) - lists: 

Artstor Database (available through Laurentian University's catalogue):

Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal):

Canadian Architectural Archives (University of Calgary):

Materials Collection

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. 


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


Hall, William, Dan Cruickshank and Jean-Bernard Gouillier. Brique​. Paris: Phaidon, 2016. Call # NA 4120 B74914 2016

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


Bétocib. ​Peaux de béton: 65 architecture contemporaines​. Paris: Dunod, 2013. Call # NA 4125 B48 2013

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

Cohen, Jean-Louis et Gerard Martin Moeller. ​Architectures du béton: nouvelles vagues, nouvelles recherches​. Paris: Moniteur, 2006. Call # NA 4125 L5614 2006

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

Forty, Adrian. Concrete and Culture: A Material History. London: Reaktion, 2012. Call # NA 4125 F67 2012

Hall, William et Leonard Koren. Béton​. Paris: Phaidon, 2015. Call # NA 4125 C6514 2015 

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

Mettler, Daniel and Daniel Studer. Made of Concrete. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH, 2018. Call # TA 681.5 M33 2018 

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

Materials - select 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

Bounoure, Guillaume and Chloé Genevaux. ​La paille dans l'architecture, le design, la mode et l'art​. Paris: Éditions Alternatives, 2017. Call # NK 8714 G45 2017

Bounoure, Guillaume and Chloé Genevaux. ​Le Liège dans l'architecture, le design, la mode et l'art​. Paris: Éditions Alternatives, 2017. Call # NK 4699 G45 2017

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. Call # TA 403.6 F47 2006

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

Gerber, Eckhard. Architectural Material & Detail Structure: Advanced Materials. London: Design Media Publishing, 2016. Call # TA 403 G35 2016

Hebel, Dirk, Marta H. Wisniewska, and Felix Heisel. Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2014. Call # TA 403.6 B82 2014

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

Hoyet, Nadia. ​Matériaux et architecture durable: fabrication et transformations, propriétés physiques et architecturales, approche environnementale​. Paris: Dunod, 2017. Call # NA 2542.35 H69 2017 

Kottas, Dimitris, Oriol Vallès and Roberto Bottura. Matériaux: architecture et construction. 2016. Call # NA 4100 K68 2016

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

Lefteri, Chris. Materials for design. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2014. Call # TA 403 L44 2014

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

Murray, Scott. Translucent Building Skins: Material Innovations in Modern and Contemporary Architecture. London: New York: Routledge, 2013. Call # NA 2940 M89 2013

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

Taylor, Geoffrey D. Materials in Construction: An Introduction​. Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education, 2000. Call # TA 403 T39 2000


Gauzin-Muller, Dominique. Architecture en terre d'aujourd'hui. Paris: Museo Édition, 2017. Call # TH 1421 G38 2017

Krahn, Tim. Essential rammed earth construction: the complete step-by-step guide. Gabriola, BC: New Society Publishers, 2019. Call # TH 1421 K73 2019

Mudgirls Natural Building Collective. Mudgirls manifesto: handbuilt homes, handcrafted lives. Gabriola, BC: New Society Publishers, 2018. Call # TH 4860 M83 2018

Rogue, Conrad. ​House of Earth: a complete handbook for earthen construction: cob, straw-clay, adobe, earthbags, plasters, floors, paints​. [United States]: House Alive, 2015.  Call # TH 4818 A3 R64 2015

Volhard, Franz. ​Construire en terre allégée. [Arles]: Actes Sud, 2016. Call # TH 1421 V6514 2016

Volhard, Franz. ​Light Earth Building: A Handbook for Building with Wood and Earth​. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2016. Call # TH 1421 V65 2016


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


Eskilson, Stephen. The Age of Glass: a cultural history of glass in modern and contemporary architecture. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. Call # NA 4140 E85 2018

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


Desveaux, Delphine. Nouvelles architectures en métal. Anthony: Moniteur, 2016. Call # NA 4133 N68 2016

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


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


California Straw Building Association. Straw bale building details: an illustrated guide for design and construction. Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2019. Call # TH 4818 S77 S87 2019

Magwood, Chris. Straw bale building: how to plan, design & build with straw. Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2000. Call # TH 4818 S77 M34 2000


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

Désveaux, Delphine. Nouvelles architectures en bois. Antony: Éditions Le Moniteur, 2016. Call # NA 4110 D48 2016

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

Hall, William and Richard Mabey. Bois​. Paris: Phaidon, 2017. Call # NA 4110 W6514 2017

Hall, William and Richard Mabey. ​Wood​. Paris: Phaidon Press Limited, 2017. Call # NA 4110 W65 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

Hudert, Markus and Sven Pfeiffer. Rethinking wood: future dimensions of timber assembly. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2019. Call # TA 666 R48 2019

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

Wilk, Christopher. Plywood: A Material Story​. New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2017. Call # TS 870 W55 2017

Equipment Collection

The Architecture Library now houses several pieces of AV equipment formerly loaned out by IT.

This equipment collection includes data projectors, portable projection screens, a digital camera, a document camera, a video conferencing camera, a tripod and chromebooks.

The loan period of these items is 3 days (can be extended for special circumstances) and overdue fines accrue at $5/day, with the exception of chromebooks which loan for 7 days and accrue overdue fines at $10/day. 

To borrow these items, please drop by the Architecture Library and ask the staff at the front desk.

Architecture Writing Sources

Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing About Art​. Boston, MA: Pearson Education Inc., 2015. Call # N 7476 B37 2015

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, Joseph Bizup, and William T. Fitgerald. The Craft of Research. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016. Call # Q 180.55 M4 B66 2016 Ref.

Borden, Iain and Katerina Rüedi Ray. ​The Dissertation: A Guide for Architecture Students​. New York, NY: Routledge, 2014. Call # NA 2108 B67 2014

Ewald, Thorsten. ​Writing in the Technical Fields: A Practical Guide​. Donmills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2014. Call # T 11 E93 2014

Galvin, Jose, and Melisa Galvin. Writing literature reviews: a guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences. New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. Call # H 62 G246 2017

Hart, Chris. ​Doing a literature review: releasing the research imagination​. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2018. Call # H 62 J46 2018

Kalin, Mark, Robert S. Weygant, Harold J. Rosen, and John R. Regener. ​Construction Specifications Writing: Principles and Procedures​. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010. Call # TH 425 R59 2010

Lange, Alexandra. Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities​. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2012. Call # NA 2599.6 L36 2012

Laycock, Elizabeth, Tim Howarth and Paul Watson. ​The Journey to Dissertation Success: For construction, property, and architecture students.​ London: Routledge, 2016. Call # NA 2500 L387 2016

Schmaltz, Bill. The Architect's Guide to Writing: for Design and Construction Professionals. Mulgrave, Victoria: The Images Publishing Group, 2014. Call # NA 2540 S34 2014 Ref.

Spector, Tom, and Rebecca Damron. ​How Architects Write​. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2017. Call # NA 2540 S59 2017

Strunk, William. The Elements of Style​. New York, NY: SoHo Books, 1920. Call # PE 1408 S772 1959 Ref.

Wiseman, Carter. ​Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment​. San Antonio, TX: Trinity University Press, 2014. Call # NA 2540 W67 2014

Zinsser, William. ​On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction​. New York, NY: Collins, 2006. Call # PE 1429 Z5 2006 Ref.

Citing Sources and Zotero

The Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide made available by the University of Chicago Press, is an abbreviated, online citation guide based on the much more detailed, hard copy edition, The Chicago Manual of Style (Call # Z 253 U69 2017 Ref).

The Chicago Manual of Style is most commonly used in Humanities and Social Sciences, and is the preferred style for research papers at the McEwen School of Architecture. The most recent version of Chicago is the 17th Edition which is available at the McEwen School of Architecture Library, or you may consult Purdue University’s well-respected and up-to-date online guide.

N.B. Chicago uses two different forms: the Author-Date system and the Notes and Bibliography system. The latter is the most commonly used in humanities. Turabian Style is based on the two Chicago forms, but it does not constitute Chicago. Make sure you use the proper style and form as requested by your professor.

In the following quick reference guide, we will be using Chicago Notes and Bibliography. For the first notation, include all of the source information: author, title, and publishing data. When citing a source a second time, include the author’s last name, the abbreviated title, and the pages. If a source is cited more than two times successively, use “Ibid.” followed by the page numbers (if differing). Notes are formatted as footnotes or endnotes beginning with “1.”

N.B. Chicago style uses hanging indents in its bibliography (which is not replicated here).

BOOK Lastname, Firstname. Book Title. Location of publication: publisher, year.

Obama, Barack. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. New York: Vintage Books, 2006.


Lastname, Firstname. Book Title. Translated by Firstname Lastname. Location of publication: publisher, year.

De Saint-Exupéry, Antoine. The Little Prince. Translated by Katherine Woods. San Diego: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1971.


Lastname, Firstname. “Chapter Title.” In Book Title, edited by Firstname Lastname, pages. Location of publication: publisher, year.

Barman, Jean. “Taming Aboriginal sexuality: Gender, Power, and Race in British Columbia, 1850-1900.” In In the Days of our Grandmothers: A Reader in Aboriginal Women’s History in Canada. Edited by Mary-Ellen Kelm and Lorna Townsend, 270-300. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.


Lastname, Firstname. “Article Title.” Journal Title, Volume, no.# (year): pages. Accessed Month day, year (if applicable). URL or doi.

Buchanan, Brett. “The Time of the Animal.” PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, 2 no.2 (2007): 61-80. Accessed November 7, 2012.  


Lastname, Firstname. “Article Title.” Newspaper (place of publication), Month day, year. URL (if applicable).

Smith, Teresa. “Drought-Stricken Almonte Farmer Receives Much-Needed Hay from Saskatchewan.” Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa), October 31, 2012.


Name of presenter. “Presentation Title if available.” Presented to Name of conference and organization, place, date. URL.

Brown, Brené. “The Power of Vulnerability.” Presented to Ted Talks, Houston, June 2010. 


Author, screen name, or editor. “Title of page.” Website name, date last modified (if available). Date accessed (if not modified). URL.

Historica Dominion Institute. Richard Pierpoint. Historica Dominion Institute. Accessed November 8, 2012.  


Generally, blogs are listed in the notes and not the bibliography. However, if it is a blog of significance you may add it to your bibliography. If the title includes the word “blog” there is no need to repeat it within parentheses.

In the notes:
Author or screen name, “Title of Article,” Title of Blog (blog), creation date, URL.
Geist, Michael, “Canadian Copyright Reform in Force: Expanded User Rights Now the Law,” Michael Geist (blog), November 7, 2012, 

Citing Images

The Colgate Visual Resources Library is an excellent guide for citing images. 

(recommended by LU Library staff and freely available through the Web)          

Description: “…a free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials” (Wikipedia).           

Link to Zotero User Guide

Academic Integrity for Students at Laurentian University

While working on your research papers and various written assignments, please be mindful to cite your sources and protect yourself against plagiarism. Please consult the Policy on Student Academic Integrity.

Professional Practice

Print Resources

Allen, Edward and Iano Joseph. The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design. Hoboken: Wiley, 2017. Call # NA 2750 A556 2017

American Institute of Architects. The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2014. Call # NA 1996 A726 2014

American Institute of Architects. The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley, 2016. Call # NA 1996 A726 2016

Bender, Diane. Design Portfolios: Presentation & Marketing for Interior Designers​. New York, NY: Fairchild Books, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., 2017. Call # NA 1996 B453 2017

Brause, Caryn. The Designer's Field Guide to Collaboration. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. Call # NK 1172 B83 2017

Brown, Gregg D., and Jon Hobbs. ​Manuel Canadien de pratique de l'architecture​. Ottawa: Institut royal d'architecture du Canada, 2009. Ebook

Cuff, Dana. Architecture: The Story of Practice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992. Call # NA 1996 C84 1992

Fisher, Thomas. Ethics for Architects: 50 Dilemmas of Professional Practice. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010. Call # NA 1995 F57 2010

Fletcher, Margaret. ​Constructing the persuasive portfolio: the only primer you'll ever need​. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. Call # NA 1996 F58 2017

Flora, Samuel. Why architects matter: evidencing and communicating the value of architects. New York: Routledge, 2018. Call # NA 1995 S33 2018

Foxell, Simon. Starting a Practice: A Plan of Work​. London: RIBA Publishing, 2015. Call # NA 1996 F69 2015

Fullmer, Donna Lynne. Presentation Basics​. New York: Fairchild Books, 2014. Call # NA 2714 F85 2014

Gutman, Robert. Architectural Practice: A Critical View. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 1988. Call # NA 1996 G86 1988

Hobbs, Jon. ​Canadian Handbook of Practice for Architects​. Ottawa: Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, 2009. Ebook

Kanaani, Mitra and Dak Kopec. The Routledge Companion for Architecture Design and Practice: Established and Emerging Trends. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Call # NA 1995 R68 2016

Luescher, Andreas. The Architect's Portfolio: planning, design, production​. London: Routledge, 2010. Call # NA 1996 L84 2010

Pressman, Andy. Professional Practice 101: Business Strategies and Case Studies in Architecture. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2006. Call # NA 1996 P76 2006

Silver, Pete, Will McLean and Peter Evans. ​Structural Engineering for Architects: A Handbook​. London: Laurence King Pub., 2013. Call # TA 633 S55 2013

Spector, Tom. ​The Ethical Architect: the dilemma of contemporary practice​. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2001. Call # NA 1995 S68 2001

Van Emben, Joan and Lucinda Becker. Presentation Skills for Students​. London: Palgrave, 2016. Call # PN 4129.15 V36 2016

Wakita, Osamua A., Nagy R. Bakhoum, and Richard M. Linde. ​The Professional Practice of Architectural Working Drawings​. Hoboken: Wiley, 2017. Call # NA 2713 W34 2017

M Arch Thesis Resources


Ahmed, Vian, Alex Opoku, and Zeeshan Aziz. Research Methodology in the Built Environment: A Selection of Case Studies. London: Routledge, 2016. Call # NA 2000 R48 2016
Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing About Art. Boston, MA: Pearson Education Inc., 2015. Call # N 7476 B37 2015
Booth, Andrew. Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2016. [Summer 2018 order]
Borden, Iain and Katerina R. Ray. The Dissertation: A Guide for Architecture Students. New York: Routledge, 2014. Call # NA 2108 B67 2014
Chicago Manual of Style. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2017. Call # Z 253 U69 2017 Ref.
Chilisa, Bagele. Indigenous Research Methodologies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2012. Call # GN 380 C494 2012
Clark, Roger H and Michale Pause.  Precedents in Architecture. 2nd ed,. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1996. Call # NA 2750 C55 1996
Ewald, Thorsten. Writing in the Technical Fields: A Practical Guide. Don Mills, ON: Oxford, 2014. Call # T 11 E93 2014
Galvin, Jose L., Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social And Behavioral Sciences. London: Routledge, 2017.  Call # H 62 G246 2017
Groat, Linda and David Wang, eds. Architectural Research Methods. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2013. Call # NA 2000 G76 2013
Gross, Lawrence. Anishinaabe Ways of Knowing and Being. London: Routledge, 2016. Call # E 99 C6 G76 2016
Hart, Chris. Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Research Imagination. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2018. Call # H 62 J46 2018
 Kulnieks, Andrejs, Dan Roronhiakewen Longboat and Kelly Young, eds. Contemporary Studies in Environmental and Indigenous Pedagogies: A Curricula of Stories and Place. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2013. Call # GE 70 C66 2013
Lange, Alexandra. Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2012. Call # NA 2599.6 L36 2012
Laycock, Elizabeth. The Journey to Dissertation Success: for Construction, Property, and Architecture Students. London: Routledge, 2016. Call # NA 2500 L387 2016
Lucas, Ray. Research Methods for Architecture. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2016. Call # NA 2000 L83 2016
Pan, M. Ling. Preparing Literature Reviews: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. London: Routledge, 2017. Call # H 62 P36 2017
Schmaltz, Bill. The Architect’s Guide to Writing: for Design and Construction Professionals. Mulgrave, Victoria: The Images Publishing Group, 2014. Call # NA 2540 S34 2014 Ref.
Spector, Tom and Rebecca Damron. How Architects Write. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2017. Call # NA 2540 S59 2017
Strunk, William. The Elements of Style. New York, NY: SoHo Books, 1920. Call # PE 1408 S772 1959 Ref.
Wilson, Shawn. Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods. Halifax: Fernwood, 2008. Call # GN 380 W554 2008
Wiseman, Carter. Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment. San Antonio, TX: Trinity University Press, 2014. Call # NA 2540 W67 2014
Zinsser, Willian Knowlton. On Writing Well: the Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. New York: Collins, 2006. Call # PE 1429 Z5 2006 Ref.

Online Theses and Dissertations

cIRcle (University of British Columbia)

CURVE - Carleton University Research Virtual Environment

DART-Europe E-Theses Portal

Dissertations and Theses (ProQuest)

eScholarship@McGill (McGill University)

Essais de fin d'études en architecture (Université Laval)

EThOS - E-Theses Online Service

LU|ZONE|UL (Laurentian University)

MSpace (University of Manitoba)

Papyrus (Université de Montréal)

PRISM (University of Calgary)

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

RULA Digital Repository (Ryerson University)

TEL (thèses-EN-ligne)

Theses Canada

UWSpace (University of Waterloo)

Printing FAQ

How to Print

Log on to a Laurentian University workstation. You can review your funds or access your OneCard account via the pop-up window that appears.

Send all print jobs to the colour printer. From the printer, you can choose to print in colour or grayscale, and single or two-sided printing. See prices below:

black & white = $0.09/page
colour = $0.25/page

To print from a mobile device, please review the web printing instruction at

Please refer to OneCard Tips for adding funds online (see Part 2) and help troubleshooting various printing problems. 

Adding Funds to your OneCard Account

Funds can be added via credit or debit card, 24/7 from any location.

Go to and, choose Add Funds and follow the onscreen instructions. 

One School, One Book

This year's One School, One Book selection is Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. Drop by the Architecture Library to pick up a copy and join our book discussion in February led by Prof. Tammy Gaber. 


Calvino, Italo. Invisible Cities. London: Vintage, 1997. 

Call # PQ 4809 A45 C513 1997


Eco, Umberto. The Name of the Rose. Boston: Mariner Books, 2014. 

Call # PQ 4865 C6 N613 2014


The Name of the Rose. Film. Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2004.

Call # PQ 4865 C6 N613 2004 DVD


King, Thomas. The Inconvenient Indian: a curious account of Native people in North America. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2017.

Call # E 77 K566 2017


Follett, Ken. The Pillars of the Earth. New York, NY: New American Library, 2014.

Call # PR 6056 O45 P55 2014

GSPL Resources

Greater Sudbury Public “Pop-up” Library

During the fall term each year, the staff of the Greater Sudbury Public Library visit the McEwen School of Architecture and stage a “Pop-up Library” for the first year class, highlighting aspects of the public library’s collections (satellite, planning, zoning and historical maps and resources) and services that might capture the imagination of design students and providing the opportunity to sign up for a public library card.

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eBooks and Audiobooks


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Online Learning and Tutorials


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Mango Languages

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