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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. A list of the architecture-related holdings through Laurentian University is forthcoming.

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.