Professional associations, reference sources, specialist libraries and websites

  • Architects Registration Board (ARB)
    The UK regulator of architects. Wide range of professional information. See particularly links from Information for Students tab.

  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
    RIBA is a professional body for architects primarily in the UK, but also internationally, founded for the advancement of architecture. Vast range of useful links, including images, knowledge bank and Education/CPD section.

  • Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
    Professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland. The RIAS offers a wide range of services and products for all architects, students of architecture, construction industry professionals.

  • Royal Society of Architects in Wales
    Voice of the RIBA in Wales

  • Architect's Council of Europe
    An association of member organisations to promote and represent the common interest of the profession of architecture in the European Community.

    Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture. Useful for current events, publications, competitions.

  • Architectural Humanities Research Association

  • Building Research Establishment (BRE)
    Provides research, advisory, training, testing, certification and standards information, including CPD courses for practitioners in built environment related professions, including BREEM and BIM training.

  • Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA)
    Useful for policy and regulation development, changing operating environments and new developments in construction techniques, materials and procurement, events and training.

  • Design Council
    Represents UK design industry and related bodies. Now incorporates the work of the Commission for Architecture and the Build Environment (CABE).

  • Royal Town Planning Institute
    The UK's leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and largest planning institute in Europe. The Institute is responsible for maintaining professional standards and accrediting planning courses nationally and internationally. See Knowledge section for policy papers and useful background on key topics, also Education section for career planning advice & opportunities.

Sconul Access member libraries

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Specialist libraries

See also the Local History archives in individual boroughs - search for them under Libraries.

  • Abacus Construction Index
    A professional edited dictionary of recommended websites relevant to construction in the USA.

    Compiled by architects - good for research, up-to-date projects and architectural products.

  • archidose
    Blog covering exhibitions, projects, books, articles allowing you to join and add content.

  • Archi-Europe Group
    It represents a unique platform where architects coming from all Europe can meet each other.

  • The Archigram Archival Project
    Makes the work of the seminal architectural group Archigram available free online for public viewing and academic study.

    Website for architecture students in the UK. Includes forums, jobs, exhibitions and competitions.

  • Archinet UK
    Many useful features including Construction index, British Architecture chronology and UK Award Winners listing. Useful links section includes a wide range of professional & trade associations and public bodies (e.g. National Trust) who may offer jobs, placements, scholarships, bursaries or courses.

  • Architecture for Humanity
    Strong focus on community engagement, design services to local communities.

  • The Architecture Room
    Architecture competitions throughout the world.

  • Architectus
    Architectus (Architecturally Useful Scholarly) Resource was a diverse and innovative primary source digitisation and generic OER initiative featuring contemporary (post-1980s) architectural designs and structural plans and drawings. JISC, RIBA West Midlands and Birmingham City University led project from 2011-2013.
    Details of JISC Architectus project

  • Arts: Search
    Free resource for research into the history of modern arts, architecture and design. It consists of three linked databases: ReVIEW - digitized, searchable versions of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art journals Arts + Architecture ProFILES (AAP) - a biographical dictionary of modern artists, designers, architects, craftspeople and photographers Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR) - a retrospective journal abstracting and indexing service.

  • Barbour Product Search
    A "searchable database of products and suppliers, including images, case studies, technical data, catalogues, news and project data".

  • Building4change
    An online knowledge hub, dedicated to sustainability issues in the built environment. It was launched by the BRE Trust in 2009. BRE Trust is a registered charity aiming to advance knowledge, innovation and communication in all matters concerning the built environment for the benefit of all.

  • Building Research Establishment (BRE)
    Provides research, advisory, training, testing, certification and standards information, including CPD courses for practitioners in built environment related professions, including BREEM and BIM training.

  • Building Trust International
    Includes volunteering opportunities worldwide.

    Bustler, "sister site to the leading architecture platform, Archinect, focuses on competition and event listings in the architecture and design industries."

  • Center for Alternative Technology (CAT)
    Range of resources including courses and extended training.

  • Cities and Buildings Database
    Contains digitised images of historic and recent constructions from around the world. Remember to check the copyright on individual images.

    Contemporary interiors architecture and design.

    "Industrial design today: courses, education, competitions, history and contemporary, shop, interviews, snapshots, design-aerobics".

  • Dezeen architecture and design magazine
    An online journal showcasing the best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world.

  • English Heritage National Monuments Record
    10 million items in the English Heritage archive, the National Monuments Record holds many major collections of national importance, describing various aspects of the historic environment.

    Linked to "Architecture week" journal, presenting 1,000 classics of world architecture. Can search by building, architect or place.

  • Incredible Art Stuff (incorporates 'Incredible Architecture')

    A weblog that provides information on new sustainable design and technological practices.

  • London Metropolitan Archives
    Holds archives of construction firms, important registries of building control case files, plans and drawings series created by the architects, engineers, surveyors and planning departments of the Greater London Council and predecessor bodies, also the City of London Corporation.

  • London Residential Research
    Free half year reviews of the residential market in the City and Docklands reported in the press (Estates Gazette) and provide an in depth analysis into market trends, sub-market activity, the planning pipeline and give us the opportunity of highlighting the future direction of the residential market in Central London.

    "MIMOA is an online architectural guide. It is the best source of information for your city trip with all Modern Architecture in one view."

  • Mocoloco
    Mocoloco is a web magazine relating to modern contemporary design and architecture, including: residential architecture, interior design, furniture, accessories, lighting, floorcoverings, wallcoverings, books, websites, audio-video, online & retail stores and more.

  • mymodernmet
    Includes articles on art, design, photography, architecture, technology, environmental issues, as well as inspiring stories and interviews. This website also provides a platform for new designers.

  • National Building Survey (NBS)
    NBS National BIM Library - The only BIM object library which directly links to the market leading NBS specification software. A free website including the latest downloads for NBS National BIM report 2014. Building information modeling (BMI) is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. Visit the NBS National BIM Library.

  • New London Architecture (NLA)
    Based in the Building Centre, London, with links to the New London Charter, programme of events, research and exhibitions, talks, networking & training.

  • Riba Library Catalogue online
    "Open to everyone and without charge, the British Architectural Library and its collections and services form the largest and most comprehensive resource in the United Kingdom for research and information on all aspects of architecture."

  • Ribapix
    A database that provides images from the collections of the British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

  • VADS
    VADS is the online resource for visual arts. It has provided services to the academic community for 12 years and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,00 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.

    Useful website for international profiles on architects, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, lighting consultants, and architectural photographers. Also provides reviews and job vacancies.

  • Yatzer
    A global website covering projects relating to architecture, design, art, and city guides.
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