UTS Library

Architecture: Databases

In this guide:

The Library has access to a variety of databases that will help you acquire a background into issues to do with Architecture, both in the technical realm and also in issues such as design thinking and philosophy. Use the Find Databases tool > Architecture > Top Databases to see a short list of the best places to start looking for articles on Architecture.

Other Architecture Databases

In addition to the top 6 databases provided in the link above, you may find the content from some of these databases interesting (in rough order of usefulness):

  • Science Direct
    Science Direct has full text (complete) journals in pdf format; useful journals for architecture include:Energy and Buildings, Applied Thermal Engineering, Applied Acoustics, Building and Environment
  • Arts: Search
    Once called DesignInform, this database contains journal articles, biographies of designers and architects and digitized versions of 19th and 20th century art periodicals
  • ASCE Journals: American Society of Civil Engineers
    Full text (complete) journals on engineering topics; includes Journal of Architectural Engineering
  • CumInCAD
    Free index to articles about computer aided architectural design. Partial full text. Requires to you to create a logon to access full text.
  • Australian Heritage Bibliography
    The Australian Heritage Bibliography is a useful database about historic buildings in Australia, and also contains information about Australian heritage generally. It can be searched in conjuction with ARCH if you use the Informit Databases interface and select both of these titles from the (long) list provided.
  • Arch.net
    Arch.net is a free website containing reference material about buildings, architects, a timeline of architectural history, links to free-to-access documents about particular buildings, photos and, in some cases, video. It lacks building plans however.
  • Building Green
    BuildingGreen is a website devoted to helping architects make their designs 'greener and healthier' via information on material selection, embodied carbon, waste management, life cycle impact analysis and more. We don't have a subscription to the full range of materials on offer within, but there is plenty of free material here you can explore.