Architecture and Planning

Architecture and planning collections provide information for teaching, conducting research, and developing critical thinking skills necessary for professional practice and lifelong learning. The collection supports faculty, students, and staff within the UT School of Architecture in areas including: architectural design, theory, history, and criticism, historic preservation, building technology, landscape architecture, interior design, sustainable design, urban design, and community and regional planning. The School offers graduate education through the master’s level in interior design and urban design, and through the Ph.D. level in architecture and community and regional planning, for which areas of research focus include history of architecture and landscape architecture, historic preservation, and sustainability. Collaborative collection development efforts reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the School of Architecture.

Emphasis is placed on English, Spanish and other European languages, but other languages are collected as appropriate to support to the programs in the School of Architecture. Geographical coverage is worldwide, with special concern for Texas, the Southwest United States, and Latin America.

Electronic and print format materials are collected to meet the needs of users. The Architecture and Planning Library contains a large circulating collection, subject specific journals, special collections of rare or unique publications, and the Alexander Architectural Archives. 

The Alexander Architectural Archives collects documents involved in the management of an architectural firm, the development of a design through the finished product, and the reflection of lives of architects, landscape architects, planners, designers, preservationists, historians, professors, and businesses in the industry.

Materials currently collected by the library and archives meet the curricular needs of the UT School of Architecture’s programs and enable faculty and students to undertake original research projects. The library and archives collections additionally support research in history, art history, American Studies, anthropology, and engineering.

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School of Architecture collections supplement the Architecture and Planning collectionsby providing resources on the design and representation of the built environment. The Visual Resources Collection collects images to support teaching and research. The Materials Lab collects material samples to support design, research, and experimentation.

Related collections

Art and Art History
Biological Sciences
Latin American Studies
Public Affairs

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Austin History Center
Briscoe Center for American History
Harry Ransom Center
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Call Number RangeSubject
GF 90-91Spatial studies. Landscape assessment
HD 101-1400Land use
HF 5547.2Office organization and management
HT 165.5-169City planning
HT 170-320Urban renewal
HT 330-360Metropolitan and suburban areas
HT 388-400UUrbanization. City and country
HT 388-400Regional planning
KF 4310-4312Historic buildings and monuments. Architectural landmark
NA 1-9999Architecture
NK 1700-2199Interior decoration
NK 2200-2774Furniture
NK 2775-2974Rugs. Carpets
NK 2975-3174Tapestries. Wall hangings
NK 3175-3374Upholstery. Drapery
NK 3375-3599Wallpapers
SB 450.9-480Gardens and gardening
SB 481-598Parks
TH 900-2024Systems of building construction
TH 2025-3300Design and construction details
TH 3301-4020Maintenance and repair
TH 4021-5010Building by use
TH 5011-6013Building trades. (e.g. masonry, carpentry, etc.) Fittings
TH 8001-9024Decoration and decorative furnishings
TS 780-799Stonework
TS 890-915Wood technology
TT 387-489Painting, finishing
Z 679-680.2Buildings