Architecture Research: Identifying Online Resources: Images

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Online Image Collections

The list below represents some of the available online image collections. For more detailed information on searching for images, see our Image Collections Online guide.

Image Collections


Digital images of plans, drawings, models and photos of architecture and man-made habitats and infrastructures, including monuments, buildings and their interiors, land and cityscapes.

Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), and Historic American Landscape Survey (HAL).
Digitized images of measured drawings, black-and-white photographs, color transparencies, photo captions, data pages including written histories, and supplemental materials on architecture, engineering, and design.


Great Buildings Online
OnArchitecture : una seleccion de contenido original presentando la mejor arquitectura del mundo = a selection of original content featuring the best architecture in the world.
Online audiovisual service providing a detailed panorama of the world's architecture. Features original videos, such as interviews, buildings and installations, with a selection of complementary material - documents and audiovisuals - about the main figures of contemporary architecture.
RIBApix is a database of exceptional and unique images from the collections of the British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the world's most extensive visual archive devoted to architecture. RIBApix covers world architecture of all periods together with related subjects such as interior design, landscape, topography, planning, construction and the decorative arts.​​

® is a nonprofit 501C3 educational archive for the documentation, preservation, and promotion of residential Modernist architecture. With four major sections, USModernist is America’s largest open digital archive of Modernist houses and their architects. 
In addition to magazine articles, USModernist includes an extensive browseable gallery of images and information on projects by Modernist architects.