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Architectural History

A subject guide highlighting key resources for the study of architectural history at ESALA.

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Libraries for Architectural History

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Key texts

Please also refer to your course’s online Resource List on Learn. The following are example texts, not a complete or comprehensive reading list:

Borden, I., et al, (2014) Forty ways to think about architecture: architectural history and theory today, Chichester: Wiley.

Crysler, C.G., et al, (2012) Sage handbook of architectural theory, London: Sage.

Davies, P. (2016) Architectural history retold, London: Routledge.

Friedman, A.T. (2006) Women and the making of the modern house: a social and architectural history, New Haven: Yale.

Haynes, N., et al, (2017) Building knowledge: an architectural history of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh: Historic Environment Scotland.

Hueber, J. (2014) Keys for architectural history research in the digital era, Paris: Publications de l’Institut national d’histoire de l’art.

Leach, A. (2010) What is architectural history? Cambridge: Polity.

Key journals and journal databases

Key journals held by the University of Edinburgh Libraries, in print or online via DiscoverEd:

  • Architectural History [Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain] 
  • Studies in History & Theory of Architecture [online journal]
  • Architectural Histories: the open access journal of the EAHN [European Architectural History Network]

Key databases subscribed to by the University of Edinburgh libraries:

  • Avery Index to Architecture Periodicals
  • Yale A&A ePortal
  • Bloomsbury Architecture eLibrary

These are listed on the A-Z of library databases and are also listed on DiscoverEd.

For the complete list of architecture-related databases please click here

For the complete list of history of art-related databases please click here.

For the complete list of history-related databases please click here.

Internet resources for Architectural History


Architectural Histories is the free open access journal of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN).

The Society of Architectural Historians Great Britain/UK has a wealth of information at Society of Architectural Historians 

The Society of Architectural Historians USA's website lists a huge number of useful free open access resources here





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