Reference books such as biographical dictionaries or encyclopedias may provide short articles about an architect's life and works. To find these go to the NA40-NA60 call number area of the Reference section.
Books and videos from the library's circulating collection dedicated solely to the discussion of a single architect or designer will offer the most detailed coverage of their life, influences, impact, and the historical context in which they worked. To find books on an individual architect or firm, search the WU Library Catalog. Go to advanced search, select subject search, then enter the architect's name or firm name (last name, first name for personal names).
To browse the shelves for books about individual architects based in the U.S., go to the NA737 call number section of the library main stacks and overs section.
To browse the shelves for books about interiors, including firms and architects specializing in interiors, go to the NK1700-2195 call number section of the library main stacks and overs section.
AIA Historical Directory of American Architects includes names and biographical information for all national-level members of the American Institute of Architects who joined prior to 1978, along with names of their associates and links to archival collections when possible.
Biography in Context: this database offers biographical articles from a variety of reference and periodical sources such as The International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture and Contemporary Designers.
Credo Reference: search for biographical articles from a variety of online reference books simultaneously, including The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Design Since 1900 and The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of 20th Century Architecture.
Great Buildings Collection is searchable by architect, building name, or geographic location. Includes basic bibliographic information on each architect along with images, a list of works, and suggested sources for further reading.
International Archive of Women in Architecture: searchable by name or geographic region, this database offers key information for notable female architects, including specializations, awards, education, employment history, licenses, and publications.
Oxford Art Online features detailed biographical articles on major architects and designers from ancient to modern times.
Pacific Coast Architecture Database contains information on buildings and designers of California, Oregon, and Washington. Includes architects, landscape architects, interior designers, developers, and building contractors. Features biographical information, building records, images, maps, and more.
See also: Articles and Databases section of this guide for for resources that will provide you with access to journal & magazine articles about individual architects/firms who specialize in interiors.