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Architects - International

• archINFORM

http://eng.archinform.net/archli/index.htm

Contains basic information on many thousands of architects worldwide and includes data on more than 21,000 [2010] built and unrealised architectural projects. The focus of the database is primarily the 20th century. You can search for a specific project by architect, town or keyword. Most entries include images and links to other websites
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• GreatBuildings

http://www.GreatBuildings.com/cgi-bin/gbc-search.cgi?search=architect&architect=

Associated with 'Architecture Week' magazine, this site is described as a "gateway to architecture around the world and across history documents a thousand buildings, and hundreds of leading architects, with photographic images and architectural drawings, integrated maps and timelines, 3D building models, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more". It currently contains profiles of nearly 400 of the world's leading architects and architectural firms with links to photographs of their leading work. Click: Architects.


Architects - Women

• Clara Database of Women Artists

http://clara.nmwa.org

Compiled by the National Museum of Women in the Arts Library and Research Center in Washington, DC. Contains biographical data on some 18,000 women visual artists [including architects, designers, and craftswomen] of all time periods and nationalities. The amount information varies; usually includes date of birth/death, nationality and medium(s) in which they worked.

• FemBio

http://www.fembio.org/english/biography.php/woman/notable-women

A well-structured, easy-to-use German-based database. It currently [2010] contains records on over 7,600 women working in all fields, countries and periods. Search in Occupation box for terms such as artist, designer, architect. Some of the entries are very comprehensive. See, for example, Ray Eames. Text is in English and German. Translates well into English using the Google translation service.


• International Archive of Women in Architecture. Biographical Database

http://lumiere.lib.vt.edu/iawa_db/

The aim of the database is to document women’s involvement in architecture and landscape architecture. Professionals working in related areas including interior design, industrial design and urban planning are also included. The IAWA was established in 1985 and is a joint project of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the University Libraries at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).


Architects - Austria

• Architektenlexikon Wien 1880-1945

http://www.architektenlexikon.at/de/idx_A.htm

Compiled by the Architekturzentrum Wien, the Austrian Museum of Architecture in Vienna, and established in June 2008, the Architektenlexikon Wien 1880-1945 is a detailed biographical dictionary of approximately 700 architects who worked in Vienna during the years 1880-1945. An invaluable source of information on Viennese architects active during this period. The project is funded by the FWF - Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung. Text in German. Translates well into English using the Google translation service.


Architects - Canada

• Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950

http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org

Compiled by Robert G. Hill, architect. Contains biographies of over 1,900 architects who lived and worked in Canada between 1800-1950. The Website also lists every Canadian building of importance built in Canada during these years whose architect can be identified.

• Canadian Architectural Archives

http://caa.ucalgary.ca/biographies

Compiled by the Architectural Archives, MacKimmie Library, University of Calgary. Currently [2010] contains detailed profiles of 36 architects active in Canada in the 20th century.


• Cinema Treasures

http://cinematreasures.org/architect/

Cinema Treasures was launched in 2000 by filmmaker and technologist Patrick Crowley, and film historian Ross Melnick. The site is dedicated to the preservation of movie houses worldwide and currently [2010] contains details of nearly 28,6000 cinemas, (e.g. 22,197 in the USA, 3,108 in the UK, 803 in Canada, etc.), with nearly 1,600 photographs. The site can be searched by architect, chain, firm, and location. Whilst the site does not contain biographical information on the architects it is useful for tracing buildings they designed.


• Royal Canadian Academy of Arts / Académie Royale des Arts du Canada

http://web.archive.org/web/20131012024624/http://www.rca-arc.ca/en/about_members/since1880.asp

Contains profiles of the c.700 members of the RCA. Includes artists working in 20 visual arts disciplines including painting, sculpture, architecture, architecture, photography, craft, and filmmaking. The original page no longer exists, although the link was archived on the Wayback web archive which we've linked to above.


Architects - Denmark

• ArkArk.dkr

http://www.arkark.dk/search_arch2.aspx?q=a

Compiled by architect Esben Larsen and Rimas Steponaitis. Currently [2010] contains details of over 4,600 architectural projects in Denmark with the names of architects and architectural firms responsible. [Text in Danish].


• Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon

http://www.kulturarv.dk/kid/SoegKunstneroversigt.do

A biographical dictionary Danish painters, sculptors, designers, craftspeople and architects. The data was compiled from Kunstindeks Danmark, the central register of artworks owned by Danish state-owned and state-subsidised museums, run by the Danish National Cultural Heritage Agency supplemented by information from the 1994 edition of Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon. [Text in Danish].


Architects - Germany

• Historisches Architektenregister

http://www.kmkbuecholdt.de/historisches/personen/Architekten00.htm

Compiled by architectural historian Ulrich Bücholdt. Contains brief biographical information on several hundred architects active in Germany between c1890-1965. Text is in English and German. Translates well into English using the Google translation service.


Architects - Women: Germany

• Frauen in der Architektur

http://www.kmkbuecholdt.de/historisches/sonstiges/Architektinnen1.htm

Compiled by architectural historian Ulrich Bücholdt. Contains brief biographical information on approximately 100 women architects and interior designers active in Germany before 1945. Text is in English and German. Translates well into English using the Google translation service.


Architects: Ireland

Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1940

http://www.dia.ie/

Compiled by The Irish Architectural Archive/Carltann Ailtireachta na hÉireann in Dublin. The Dictionary of Irish Architects contains biographical and bibliographical information on architects, builders and craftsmen born or working in Ireland during the period 1720 to 1940, and information on the buildings on which they worked. It was created and compiled by Ann Martha Rowan and currently contains over 5,200 entries
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Architects - Netherlands

• Share

http://web.archive.org/web/20120620040159/http://www.sharedutchdesign.nl/hollandindex.htm

A portal for Dutch design. Contains links to the Web sites of Dutch product designers, ceramists, glass designers, textile designers, jewellery designers, accessory designers, and architects. Text in English. The site also contains links to the Web sites of Dutch design and architecture schools, design organizations, manufacturers, etc. The original page no longer exists, although the link was archived on the Wayback web archive which we've linked to above.


Architects - New Zealand

• Design Review

http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/name-134467.html

Full text of 'Design Review', a journal published intermittently by the Architectural Centre Inc. in Wellington, New Zealand between April 1948-Apil 1954. Very easy to search. Contains cross-references and Internet links to biographical sources on architects and designers discussed in the journal.


Architects - UK

• Art Workers Guild - Current Members

http://www.artworkersguild.org/members/

Contains contact details, e.g. links to Web sites of current members of the Art Workers Guild in London, listed by specialism, e.g. architect, archivist, art historian, blacksmith, bookbinder, calligrapher, cartoonist, decorative artist, design historian, filmmaker, furniture designer, glass artist, graphic designer, illustrator, interior designer, jewellery designer, landscape architect, medalist, mural artist, painter, potter, quiltmaker, sculptor, stained glass artist, television designer, typographer, weaver and wood engraver.


• Art Workers Guild - Past Members

http://www.artworkersguild.org/downloads/AWGpastm.pdf

Past members Art Workers Guild in London 1884-1984, listed by specialism [see above]. Contains details of when they were a member and their dates.


• Cinema Treasures

http://cinematreasures.org/architect/

Cinema Treasures was launched in 2000 by filmmaker and technologist Patrick Crowley, and film historian Ross Melnick. The site is dedicated to the preservation of movie houses worldwide and currently [2010] contains details of nearly 28,6000 cinemas, (e.g. 22,197 in the USA, 3,108 in the UK, 803 in Canada, etc.), with nearly 1,600 photographs. The site can be searched by architect, chain, firm, and location. Whilst the site does not contain biographical information on the architects it is useful for tracing buildings they designed.


• Dictionary of Scottish Architects 1840-1980.

http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_list.php

An extraordinarily well researched resource on thousands of architects and architectural practices active in Scotland between 1840-1980, with details of many of their projects and bibliographic references. For the background history of this invaluable database see: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/background.php.


• Glasgow - City of Sculpture

http://www.glasgowsculpture.com/pg_architects.php

Compiled by Gary Nisbet. Contains over 120 profiles of architects, architectural firms, builders and foundries active in Glasgow, Scotland since the 18th century with photographs of their work.


• Royal Academy of Arts

http://www.racollection.org.uk/ixbin/indexplus?_IXACTION_=file&_IXFILE_=templates/pages/artist_choice.html

Compiled by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Contains profiles of the current Royal Academicians (RAs), an elected body of painters, engravers, printmakers, sculptors and architects.


• Sussex Parish Churches - Architects and Artists

http://www.sussexparishchurches.org/content/category/9/31/40/

Compiled by John Allen. Contains brief biographies of architects of the c.400 Anglican parish churches in the English county of Sussex, together with information on artists who worked on the decoration of the buildings. The database can be searched by the name of the architect/artist, name of the church, and location.


Architects - USA

AIA Historical Directory of American Architects

http://public.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/What's%20here.aspx

Compiled by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This has to be the primary site for researching data on the careers of American architects up to 1978, The Directory contains information on 57,582 names [as of January 2010] and includes the full text of the 1956, 1962 and 1970 editions of the American Architects Directory (R.R. Bowker 1956-70).

• Cinema Treasures

http://cinematreasures.org/architect/

Cinema Treasures was launched in 2000 by filmmaker and technologist Patrick Crowley, and film historian Ross Melnick. The site is dedicated to the preservation of movie houses worldwide and currently [2010] contains details of nearly 28,6000 cinemas, (e.g. 22,197 in the USA, 3,108 in the UK, 803 in Canada, etc.), with nearly 1,600 photographs. The site can be searched by architect, chain, firm, and location. Whilst the site does not contain biographical information on the architects it is useful for tracing buildings they designed.


• Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)

http://pcad.lib.washington.edu/persons/

Conceived by Alan Michelson, Head of the Architecture and Urban Planning Library, University of Washington, Seattle and started in 2002. Contains biographical/historical data on architects, architectural practices, interior designers, developers and building contractors who have worked in the US states of California, Oregon and Washington. The database identifies the creators of specific buildings. It also includes an extensive bibliography and a list of major exhibitions.

• Philadelphia Architects and Buildings

https://www.philadelphiabuildings.org/pab/app/register_reminder.cfm?forward=search_architect.cfm&CFID=9205422&CFTOKEN=44377596

The Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project (PAB) is compiled by The Athenæum of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives, the Philadelphia Historical Commission, and other local culptural institutions. It includes biographies or biographical sketches of more than 2,500 architects together with project information for over 8,000 additional architects, engineers and contractors; architectural and historical information and images for over 35,000 structures in the Philadelphia area. You now have to register to access this database, however, access is free.


Architects - USA - Maryland

• Maryland ArtSource

http://web.archive.org/web/20041021094411/http://marylandartsource.net/index.html

Compiled by Maryland ArtSource/The Baltimore Art Research & Outreach Consortium. Contains profiles of individuals who have made a significant contribution to the cultural history of the State of Maryland. Artists can be viewed by medium/discipline and name. The categories include Architecture, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Design, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Works on Paper. The original page no longer exists, although the link was archived on the Wayback web archive which we've linked to above.