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Find Images: Architecture

These are image resources selected for their focus on architecture. Feel free to contact us with other suggestions.

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IMAGE FINDING GUIDES

SELECTED IMAGE SOURCES

Be sure to also check the VRC’s selection of Online Museum Collections.

  • Aga Khan Visual Archive, MIT
    “Consists of over 120,000 slides and digital images of architecture, urbanism, and the built environment in the Islamic world, donated by students, scholars, and architectural firms.”
  • Andrew Dickson White Collection of Architectural Photographs, Cornell University Library
    “The Andrew Dickson White Architectural Photographs Collection is comprised of approximately 13,000 nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photographs of architecture, decorative arts, and sculpture. White (1832-1918), the first president of Cornell University, established the collection by donating several thousand images from his personal architectural library.”
  • ArchNet
    “Archnet is a globally-accessible, intellectual resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world… Officially launched in 2002 as a partnership between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Archnet has since evolved into the largest open, online architectural library with a focus on Muslim cultures. Its digital archives form a comprehensive resource on architecture, urban design, landscape, development, and related issues.”
  • Art Images for College Teaching (AICT)
    A personal, non-profit project of its author, art historian and visual resources curator Allan T. Kohl. AICT is intended primarily to disseminate images of art and architectural works in the public domain on a free-access, free-use basis to all levels of the educational community, as well as to the public at large.
  • Artstor (access limited to the CU community)
    Artstor  is a digital library of over one million “images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.” The VRC provides training and support in this valuable resource.
  • Asian Historical Architecture
    “Over 17,500 photos of sites in twenty-one countries, with background information and virtual tours. This website is a collection of photos from many different contributors.”
  • Cities and Buildings Database, University of Washington
    “The Cities and Buildings Database is a collection of digitized images of buildings and cities drawn from across time and throughout the world, available to students, researchers and educators on the web.” Currently over 12,000 images.
  • UNESCO World Heritage
    The World Heritage List includes over 900 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. The list is arranged alphabetically by country, and most sites’ entries include a Gallery tab with images. Most images appear to be limited to 500 pixels. Many sites’ entries also feature a Video tab.
  • World Architectural History Survey
    A project at Bryn Mawr College. The images on this site are posted primarily for the benefit of students, teachers, and researchers. They are meant exclusively for non-profit educational use.

You might also wish to search for relevant content on the following VRC pages: