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Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation – Read about Frank Lloyd Wright’s life and work on this site, run by the foundation dedicated to his ideals.

John Lautner Foundation – John Lautner was a Southern California architect who helped define the look of post-war Los Angeles.

Women Architects– A directory of female architects; click through to learn something of their lives and works.

Architecture News & Blogs:

Archinect– An online magazine that aims to connect “progressive-design” architects from around the world.

Architecture Week– Read about notable new buildings in the U.S. and look into forums to discuss issues in architecture such a green building.

Architectural Record– The online version of the magazine for architects, with numerous photos.

Designboom– Explore the wildest new public buildings from across the world on the blog.

DesignGuide– This free online newsletter serves designers and architects.

Dwell Magazine This is a great publication for the design-aware homeowner.

Engineering News Record– Explore articles about building sustainability, construction methods, and where government stimulus money is going.

MoCo Loco– An online magazine about contemporary residential design; check out the Architecture section for photos.

National Real Estate Investor– NREI dishes on the state of skylines from Dubai to Nashville.

Architectural Organizations:

American Institute of Architects: AIA– AIA is the professional association of architects on the U.S.

OWA: Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals– OWA is the professional association of female architects.

History of Architecture:

Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey– This site is hosted by the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.

Great Buildings Online– A searchable database of information about architecturally important structures from across the globe.

National Register of Historic Places– A database that documents historical buildings, sites, and objects across the nation.

National Trust Historic Sites– Explore images of sites worth preserving from around the U.S.

Spiro Kostof Lectures: Architecture 170B, Spring 1991– View the 26-part video of an entire semester with a renowned architectural historian.

Selected Regional Architecture in the U.S.:

Googie Architecture– The space-age look of 1950’s diners, particularly in Los Angeles, came to be called Googie architecture.

Santa Fe Unlimited– Take a look at the Santa Fe Architectural style which combines the ancient Pueblo adobe style with Victorian elements.


Emporis– The world’s largest repository of data about buildings. Emporis has info about skyscrapers, churchs, theaters, and cell phone towers.

Unusual Architecture:

Roadside America– This site documents odd buildings and other attractions on road trips across the U.S.