Architecture Archives & Special Collections

Architecture Archives & Special Collections are located on the 2nd floor of the Architecture Research Center (ARC).

Please reach out to the Architecture Archivist, Jenna Courtade, with any questions or inquires about the Architecture Archives or Special Collections.

Hours of operation for 2nd floor Reading Rooms are:

  • Monday through Fridays from 10 AM to 4PM
  • Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays


What can you find in the Architecture Special Collections Reading Rooms?

  • Architecture journal backfiles (see ARC research guides for details)
  • Architecture Archives & Special Collections
  • Maps & Architectural Drawings Collections

Architecture Reading Room Guidelines:

  • Materials may be used only in the ARC Reading Rooms.
  • Readers must present photo identification.
  • Users will be asked to abide by standard special collections guidelines while using materials in the department. All materials must be handled with great care. Only pencils may be used in the reading room; pens, highlighters and other writing instruments are prohibited. Food and beverages are not permitted in the reading room. In consideration of others, please mute cell phones. Users who do not abide by these rules or who mishandle materials will be denied further use of the collections.

Citing Collections

Proper credit needs to be assigned to all published materials. Citations should include full bibliographic information and read: [Collection Name –if applicable], Architecture Research Center, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida; OR Courtesy of the Architecture Research Center, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.


Architecture Archival Materials

Architecture Archives Finding Aids

The Architecture Research Center maintains a modest but growing collection of archival materials with an emphasis on South Florida architects and architecture, the history of architectural studies and campus planning at UM, the New Urbanism movement, and the Center for Urban and Community Design (CUCD). These collections are non-circulating but accessible with a research appointment.


Featured Collections

New Urbanism Archive (NUA)

The New Urbanism Archive (NUA) was established in 2004 by Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, one of founders of the New Urbanism movement, and Dean of the School of Architecture from 1995 to 2014, to provide a record of the initiation and evolution of the New Urbanism as seen in projects, articles, books, research, compendia, notes, and other materials. Internationally re-known, the New Urbanism is an interdisciplinary movement whose goals are to promote urban reinvestment and alternatives to suburban sprawl. The collection includes drawings, project folios, books and manuscripts, periodical publications, articles, correspondence, CDs, DVDs, audio and video cassettes, and ephemera related to New Urbanist theory, writing and design.

Center for Urban and Community Design (CUCD) Archives

The CUCD was founded in 1992 in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew with the mission of fostering a collaborative interdisciplinary approach that supports the buttressing, retro-fitting and creation of sustainable communities and buildings. The Center seeks to integrate research, teaching, and service, encouraging interdisciplinary thought and action in the areas of historic preservation, urban design & community engagement, and, sustainable & resilient design in the sub-tropics and tropics. The Center assists or leads faculty, alumni and students in funded research, publications, and community partnerships, workshops and charrettes.


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