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San Francisco Bay Area Architects and Architecture: Bay Area Architects

A bibliographic research guide to finding information on Bay Area architects and architecture.

Biographical Sources

Use these resources to find information about architects who practiced in the Bay Area. It is helpful to know full name, dates, and in what cities he or she had offices. Directories, such as these, are a good place to start. Also, search for your architect in the library catalogs under personal name and subject to see if there is a book on him or her. For a general list of biographical sources on architects, see Biographical Resources on Architects.  If there is no book devoted entirely to your architect, check the library catalogs for collective biographies of California architects under these subject headings:


If you are searching for the name of an architectural firm, search library catalogs under corporate author, or corporate name, e.g.,Maybeck and White, or Anshen and Allen. See also Newspapers and Periodical Indexes for articles on your architect. Checking City Directories in the city in which the architect practiced may also provide helpful information.