The Architecture collections support the research and information needs of the University of Miami School of Architecture at the undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and post-professional levels.
Architecture collections are housed in three locations; the Otto G. Richter Library, the Paul Buisson Architecture Library, and the Rome Program Library. The Paul Buisson Architecture Library maintains a circulating collection of the most recently published monographs in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, technology and environmental responsibility in architecture, and design, and over 80 current, international architecture and design related journals. Supplemental materials and journal backfiles are housed at the Otto G. Richter Library.
The architecture collections are a unique center for information about South Florida that reflect the School of Architecture’s emphasis on tropical, vernacular, landscape architecture, urban planning, historic preservation and the New Urbanism. Architecture collections are robust in the areas of Latin American and Caribbean architecture and urbanism, all periods of Italy with an emphasis on classical architecture and the architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Paul Buisson Architecture Library houses modest, but growing print and electronic archival collections, the Archive of the New Urbanism, and the School of Architecture archives.
The Archive of the New Urbanism was established in 2004 by Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, one of founders of the New Urbanism movement, 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-knowned, 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.
This collection includes regional and historic maps, original drawings, plans, elevations, photographs, and blueprints of residential and commercial architecture, community project plans, city/town plans, historic restoration plans and aerial photographs. The bulk of the materials are focused on, but, not limited to the areas of Miami-Dade, Coral Gables, and Miami Beach.