This is a brief bibliographic guide to general resources for researching architectural history in the Environmental Design Library, UC Berkeley. It includes selected reference works, both print and electronic, and important historical surveys. For additional assistance please consult our other guides, in particular, Architecture Resources, which is a broader, more comprehensive list. Check the Library catalogs or the Environmental Design Library reference staff for further assistance.
A short guide to writing about art, Sylvan Barnet. 10th ed.Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011. Short guide series. One of the best. Includes writing, interpeting, analyzing, etc. both art and architecture.
Architecture reading lists and course outlines, ed. by Georgia Bizios. Durhan, N.C.: Eno River Press, 1991–present. Survey of course outlines, syllabi and reading lists from graduate and undergraduate architecture programs of 28 universities.
Architecture series—bibliography. Monticello, IL: Vance Bibliographies, 1978. Wide array of topics. Most are good starting places. Use the 3 cumulative indexes.
Bibliografia storico-critica dell'architettura civile ed arti subalterne. Angelo Comolli. Milano, Labor riproduzioni e documentazioni [1964–65] 4 vols. Facsimile of original ed. 1788–92. First bibliography on architecture and related arts. Serves as a history of architectural criticism., and "indexes" early architectural literature. Classified, annotated bibliography covering early historical and theoretical works. Classification scheme in beginning of vol. 1. Author and title indexes at end of vol. 2, 3, 4. Index of vol. 2 covers vol. 1–2.
British architectural books and writers, 1556–1785. Eileen Harris. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Scholarly compilation of British architecture and building books, including complete bibliographic description and collation, location in any of 4 major architecture libraries in England and North America, and a critical essay on each title. Organized alphabetically by author, with a chronological index of titles and editions, and an overall index.