College of Architecture and Design E-resources



Summary: The ARCAT site offers the most extensive, most consistent, and most up to date CAD, BIM, and specification libraries.

Description: ARCAT was founded in 1991 by Rick and Leslie Jannott, and was known as the Big Red Book. The ARCAT Directory was created as a desktop reference with listings and manufacturer's catalogs. Twenty-five plus years later ARCAT has evolved into the most used website for finding building product information and product content such as specs, CAD and BIM.


Summary: AR is a portal on International Architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries that documents works that have been built and are still existent.

DescriptionAR is defined as an in-depth, informative and interactive investigation into modern and contemporary building, structured in a complex filing of significant works, with particular attention on the aspects of technical, linguistic, structural and social innovation. In illustrating excellent applications of contemporary architectural innovation, AR manifests their technical and expressive potentials. AR indeed intends to be a place of encounter and verification of the fruit of study, the demands of the profession, and the offers of firms. The “Europe Workshop” and the works of these past twenty years are the privileged fields of investigation. AR also intends to be an orientational tool in the mare magnum of specialised information on architecture, both on paper and not, whereby users of architecture can pass from “sight navigation” to the use of an optimised “navigational instrument”, capable of orienting them through the sea of knowledge and documents up to the hands-on experience with the work itself. AR is therefore a new, effective way to get to know and promulgate the great works of modern and contemporary architecture in order to discover or personally experience the beauty, dignity and innovative strength of the architecture of the recent 20th century and of the nascent 21st century, which carries and develops the former’s heritage, on its way towards the architecture of the Third Millennium.


Summary: Archnet is an open access, intellectual resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world.

DescriptionArchnet’s mission is to provide ready access to unique visual and textual material to facilitate teaching, scholarship, and professional work of high quality. Archnet is an authority, a growing repository, and a tool for teaching and learning about the architecture of Muslim societies, past, and present. Archnet is a partnership between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries.



Summary: CumInCAD is a cumulative index of publications about computer aided architectural design.

Description: CumInCAD includes bibliographic information about over 12,300 records from journals and conferences such as ACADIA, ASCAAD, CAADRIA, eCAADe, SiGraDi, CAAD futures, DDSS and others.


Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Summary: DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.   

DescriptionThe DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) was launched in 2003 at Lund University, Sweden, with 300 open access journals. Today, the independent database contains ca. 12000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. DOAJ is a community-curated list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material.



Summary: Dwell Media is an inspiration and collaborative platform for architects, designers, and enthusiasts to share and discover inspiring design.

Link: dwell

Interior Design

Summary: Interior Design Media is the global, industry-leading design publication, website and events company serving the interior design, architectural and facility management audiences.

Description: Interior Design magazine—published by SANDOW, which builds smart businesses driven by innovation and design—has been the essential design authority for every professional, on all projects, throughout the design process. Interior Design Events connects the industry, promoting creative leadership, innovation and collaboration across a wide range of practice areas and platforms. Interior Design’s digital companion,, is the go-to site for relevant and real-time content for the industry's largest and most engaged design audience.

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SummaryUSModernist is the largest open digital archive of midcentury Modernist houses in the the world.

DescriptionUSModernist is part of Modernist Archive, Inc., a North Carolina 501C3 nonprofit educational archive providing donors, volunteers, and advocates the information and organization they require to passionately document, preserve, and promote residential Modernist architecture.


Visual Arts Data Service

Summary: VADS (formerly an initialism for Visual Arts Data Service) is a UK organisation that provides digital images and other visual arts resources free and copyright cleared for use in UK higher education and further education.

DescriptionVADS is a service of the Library & Student Services department of the University for the Creative Arts. VADS offer advice and guidance to the visual arts research, teaching and learning communities on all aspects of digital resource management from funding, through delivery and use, to preservation.




Summary: The ARCHITECTURE OPEN LIBRARY is an exciting proposal from Links Books ( that supplements a traditional architecture library with new technologies. It is a multimedia platform that offers the users an exhaustive inspirational source.

Description: The ARCHITECTURE OPEN LIBRARY provides subscribers with access to the full range of titles in eBook form; more than 5,000 projects presented with photographs, architectural plans and descriptive texts provided by the architects. The projects are organized and classified by categories. The library also includes an exhaustive collection of conferences, videos and documentaries about architecture and design.



Curved and Layered Structures

Summary: Curved and Layered Structures is a journal that publishes research papers from a broad range of topics and approaches including structural mechanics, computational mechanics, engineering structures, architectural design, wind engineering, aerospace engineering, naval engineering, structural stability, structural dynamics, structural stability/reliability, experimental modeling and smart structures.

Description: The journal accepts both theoretical and applied contributions in all subfields of structural mechanics as long as they contribute in a broad sense to the core theme. The aim of Curved and Layered Structures is to become a premier source of knowledge and a worldwide-recognized platform of research and knowledge exchange for scientists of different disciplinary origins and backgrounds (e.g., civil, mechanical, marine, aerospace engineers and architects).

Link: Curved and Layered Structures

Frontiers of Architectural Research

Summary: Frontiers of Architectural Research is an international journal that publishes original research papers, review articles, and case studies to promote rapid communication and exchange among scholars, architects, and engineers.

Description:  The Frontiers of Architectural Research introduces and reviews significant and pioneering achievements in the field of architecture research. Subject areas include the primary branches of architecture, such as architectural design and theory, architectural science and technology, urban planning, landscaping architecture, existing building renovation, and architectural heritage conservation. The journal encourages studies based on a rigorous scientific approach and state-of-the-art technology. All published papers reflect original research works and basic theories, models, computing, and design in architecture.

Link: Frontiers of Architectural Research

 Journal of Architecture and Urbanism

Summary: The Journal of Architecture and Urbanism is a peer-review academic journal which publishes original research papers.

Description: The Journal of Architecture and Urbanism provides a forum for discussion and debate on various areas of architecture and urbanism. Topics covered include: urban design and planning; sustainable development of regional structures; history and theory of architecture and urban planning; history and theory of landscape architecture; protection of architecture and urban heritage; technologies of architecture and urban design; architectural education.

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Journal of Facade Design and Engineering (JFDE)

SummaryThe Journal of Facade Design and Engineering presents new research results and new proven practice in the field of facade design and engineering. The goal is to improve building technologies, as well as process management and architectural design.

DescriptionThe Journal of Facade Design and Engineering is a valuable resource for professionals and academics involved in the design and engineering of building envelopes, including the following disciplines:

  • Architecture
  • Façade Engineering
  • Climate Design
  • Building Services Integration
  • Building Physics
  • Façade Design and Construction Management
  • Novel Material Applications.

LinkJournal of Facade Design and Engineering (JFDE)



Summary: ArchDaily is a weblog covering architectural news, projects, products, events, interviews and competitions, opinion pieces, among others, catering to architects, designers and other interested parties.

Description: ArchDaily is the most visited architecture website worldwide, with over 500,000 daily readers and about 160 million page views per month as of 2016. Founded in March 2008 by David Basulto and David Assael, ArchDaily includes three regional websites in Spanish (Plataforma Arquitectura, ArchDaily México, ArchDaily Colombia, and ArchDaily Perú), Portuguese (ArchDaily Brasil), and Chinese (ArchDaily China). It has a partnership with the Pritzker Architecture Prize and was one of five finalists for the Best Online Magazine prize on Mashable's 2009 Open Web Awards.


Architectural Record

Summary: The Architectural Record was founded in 1891, Architectural Record is the #1 source for news and information about architecture and design.

Description: The Architectural Record offers news, commentary and criticism, architectural technology stories, and continuing education articles, both in print and online. Illustrated with images from top photographers in the field, RECORD covers modern and sustainable architecture in addition to a variety of building types, including houses and multifamily residential, retail, K-12 schools and universities, health care, and interiors. Firmly established as the authoritative source on the topic, the magazine provides information on top firms, as well as the latest trends vital to the profession in design, urbanism, and landscape architecture.

LinkArchitectural Record


Summary: designboom is based in milan, beijing and new york and has gained a global reach of 3.5 million readers and 450,000 newsletter subscribers. Founded in milan in 1999, designboom is the world's first and most popular digital architecture and design magazine.

Description: designboom aims to bring together professional and young creatives from a diverse range of backgrounds by publishing the latest news and key issues in the fields of architecture, design, technology and art. The mission over the past 20 years has remained the same: unearthing the best projects and curating a selection of the most interesting aspects of contemporary culture. Today, designboom is a comprehensive source with over 45,000 articles worth of useful information and insightful interviews, studio visits, documentation of new products, reviews of exhibitions and books, and historical surveys.

Link: designboom


Summary: dezeen is the world's most popular and influential architecture and design magazine, and the winner of numerous awards for journalism and publishing.

Description: dezeen brings a carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects and news from around the world. dezeen was launched at the end of November 2006 and has grown rapidly ever since. The audience has grown each year and by February 2017 were getting 2.5 million unique visitors per month, dezeen one of the 5,000 most popular websites on the planet according to Alexa, as well as the most popular website about architecture and design.

Link: dezeen

The Architectural Review

Summary: The Architectural Review is a monthly international architectural magazine. Its articles cover the built environment – which includes landscape, building design, interior design and urbanism – as well as theory of these subjects.

DescriptionThe Architectural Review has been published in London since 1896. A curated selection of the best architectural ideas in the world to inspire your mind and feed your soul. Each special edition is created using sheet-fed litho printing with hand-inserted tip-ins and gatefolds with vegetable-based inks on a mix of FSC-certified paper and card.

LinkThe Architectural Review