The Architecture Research Center (ARC) Collections support the information needs of the University of Miami School of Architecture programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate, post-professional levels, and faculty research. Collection development is aligned with the School of Architecture’s philosophy to “prepare students for professional leadership and lifelong learning in architecture, urbanism, and related fields.
The scope of the architecture and urbanism collections reflects the importance of the interdisciplinary relationships of contemporary design and history research in the built environment with humanistic studies, environmental sciences, public health, social sciences, emerging technologies, computational sciences, as well as fine arts publishing. Print and electronic monographs, serials, data sets and open access resources from around the world are curated to create a richly diverse discovery portal. The collections are robust in the areas of contemporary global architecture, tropical and sub-tropical architecture with an emphasis on the Caribbean basin, Latin American architecture, all periods of Italian architecture with an emphasis on classical architecture, and the art and architecture of the 20th Century. Themes of urbanism(s) are inextricably linked with architecture throughout as well as with other disciplines. Although sea level rise has historically been an area of critical concern in both architecture and environmental studies at UM, in 2012 we embarked on an initiative to further deepen and expand resources on urban resilience in the context of climate change. The architecture of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as materials covering the intersection(s) of architecture and technology are also areas that have seen consistent growth since 2007. The core print collections of research recommended books, current journals, and media are housed on the first and second floors of the ARC’s Paul Buisson Architecture Library. Supplemental analog materials are housed in the Otto G. Richter Library and at the University’s off-site facility.