Study Material for the History of Architecture

The RAIC Syllabus provides great reading for our history course but the readings themselves are not enough.  I have found over the years a couple sites that have helped fill some of the gaps.  Below is a list of sites that I have used in the past.

  • Great Buildings Online- Documents hundreds of buildings and leading architects across the world with 3D models, photographs and drawings, commentaries, biographies and bibliographies. Searchable.
  • World Heritage- Elegant site from UNESCO explaining the choice of certain buildings and sites as World Heritage. List with pictures and information available on each. French and English language options.
  • Architecture Through the Ages- An introduction to world architecture produced by American teenagers through Think Quest. Images, discussion and bibliography for Egyptian, Chinese, Aztec, Mayan, Greek Roman and Gothic buildings.
  • Cities and Buildings Image Database- A searchable photographic database of buildings from around the world and across the ages, designed by the University of Washington’s Architecture, History and Art History Departments.
  • Cupola- A picture gallery of cupolas, architecture, art, and picturesque landscapes from around the world. Also US state capitol building histories, wordplay, FAQ and Autocad links.
  • CyArk- A prototype project to test the concept of a digital archive of 3D survey information of endangered world heritage sites.
  • Digital Archive of Architecture- Images of buildings in Europe and America from prehistoric to 20th century by Prof. Jeffrey Howe of Boston College, USA.
  • Digital Images of Historic Architecture- Galleries of photographs of European and North American architecture from Classical to Post-Modern, whole facades and details, with explanations, by Mary Ann Sullivan, Bluffton College, US.
  • Glass Steel and Stone- Offers photographs and descriptions of outstanding buildings across the world, historic and modern.
  • SPIRO: Architecture Slide Library- Online images from the large collection of slides at the University of California at Berkeley. Can be searched by period, place, building name, personal name, subject type.
  • Thais 4000 Years of Architecture- A photographic guide to Egyptian, Greek, Islamic and Romanesque architecture, indexed by localities, subjects and periods.
  • UCLA Cultural VR Lab- The University of California develops Virtual Reality models of ancient and historic buildings around the world. Mission, staff profiles, computer-generated reconstructions.
  • World Art Treasures- Images of a range of ancient and historic art and architecture from the collection of slides in the Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Worldheritage Forum- Weblog by Matthias Ripp and information about UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Be sure to check out this post on the wr7productions site. History of Architecture

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