Meet your Librarian – Jenny Williams
Jenny Williams is the Subject Librarian responsible for Architecture, Fashion, FCP, FMB, Textile Design and Interior Design. She studied Contemporary Crafts and Ceramics up to MA Level and Information and Library Studies at Aberystwyth University.
How Can I Help You?
You can book one to one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing, please contact me via email or you can drop into the library office (DS103) to have a chat!
I work all day Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
As a team, we also provide research and referencing drop in sessions to assist you in the run up to written work hand-ins, keep an eye on Instagram (@nualibrary) for times and dates.
Try these virtual shelves which link you to ready-made collections of e-books on specific subjects.
Useful E-Book Collections for BA Architecture:
Architecture books are held at Dewey Decimal number 770.
With the exception of short loan books, everything can be borrowed for three weeks. They are broken down into more specific subject areas like this:
As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research. These can be really useful for finding information for reports and essays.
Useful Online Resources for BA Architecture:
CIS (The Construction Information Service)
The most comprehensive source of technical standards legislation and technical guidance for construction industry professionals.
Create your own account here: create new account
See the VLE page here for step by step details on how to create your new account: VLE
You can now log in with your new account here: https://cis.ihs.com/CIS/
NB once signed in, click your initials at the top right of the screen to navigate to “Guided tours” to help you use the site.
Digimap is a database giving access to Ordnance Survey maps and map data, Arial photographs and Lidar data*, either to download for use with application software such as GIS or CAD, or as maps generated by Digimap itself. You will need to register using your NUA email to use this service.
* Lidar data is a very accurate model of the earth’s surface; this data is captured by firing very rapid laser pulses at the ground surface.
You need to register with Digimap when you use the resource for the first time.
A short video on how to use Digimap is available on the VLE.
Statista offers over 1.5 million statistics from over 18,000 sources, available immediately in easy to use graphs you can use in your own reports and presentations. Statista includes market data, industry reports, forecasts, opinion polls and infographics.
A video guide to using Statista is available on the VLE.
Box of Broadcasts
BoB is an up to date television streaming service available to all students and staff. BoB allows you to view recently aired programmes from over 65 channels and there is a searchable archive of 2 million broadcasts. You can also record programmes aired in the last 30 days which will be stored on the service permanently, meaning you can watch them again and again. Best of all, you do not need a TV license to use this service.
This service is not available outside of the UK. You will need to register with BoB when you first try and access it.
Video resources to support accessing and using BoB are available on the VLE.
Access to over 21,000 technical e-books and videos to assist with IT and programming needs. Other areas include art and design with publishers like Laurence King included and books about well being too. Aimed specifically at Higher Education users with a interface that allows for personalising and comes with an app which is free to download.
Short videos on how to access and use O’Reilly are available on the VLE.
Journals and magazines cannot be taken out on loan, but you are welcome to browse the latest issues and back copies held on the first floor of the Library.
Journals and magazines are a valuable source of visual and written material to help you in your research. It’s a good idea to get to know the titles related to your course because:
- They are up to date.
- Often the material in them covers contemporary activity and news.
- Young animators and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.
Below you will find a small selection of magazines and journals related to your course.
To see all of your course publications, use the link at the bottom of this list.
Selected BA Architecture publications:
Industry-led weekly British architectural magazine. Includes current news and in-depth project articles.
International, professional journal dealing with architecture and construction. Every issue focuses on a different aspect of construction, giving contemporary examples which are illustrated with plans and photographs. DETAIL also archives all its project information on their database ‘DETAIL Inspiration’, including images and research for over 3000 projects.
Produced by the Royal Institute of British Architects, offering essential reading, in-depth building studies and the latest thinking on architectural practice matters.
Published twice a year by the Architectural Association School of Architecture, AA Files looks to promote original and engaging writing on architecture. It does this by drawing on the AA School’s own academic research, lecture programme, exhibitions and events, as well as a rich and eclectic mix of architectural scholarship from all over the world.
Covering both news and theory for the industry, each edition is edited by an invited guest editor.
Take a look at previously submitted NUA Research Reports for Architecture.
- Architecture Research Reports
Useful websites for Architects
The RIBA, its members and its practices are the collective voice of architecture.
- RIBA Library
The RIBA Library is one of the largest architectural collections in the world. You can search the catalogue on their website for books and journal articles. If you find something which you would like to read and the NUA library does not have access to it, please fill in an item request form and we will try to get an ebook or copy of the article for you.
archINFORM includes information over more than 81000 built and unrealized projects from various architects and planners.
- Design Museum London
The world’s leading design museum and European Museum of the Year 2018.
- Glasgow School of Art Archive
The Glasgow School of Art’s archives and collections are an outstanding resource for the study of art, design, architecture and art education.
- V and A Museum
The world's leading museum of art and design.
- Fosters and partners
Foster + Partners is a global studio for sustainable architecture, urbanism and design, founded by Norman Foster in 1967.
- Rogers, Stirk, Harbour and Partners
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is an international architectural practice based in London.
- BIG : Bjarke Ingels Group
BIG is a Copenhagen, New York, London and Barcelona based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors.
- Assemble Studio
Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art.
- OMASOM : Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
OMASOM are a collective of architects, designers, engineers and planners working together to build a better future.
- RCA Bunka : Rafael, Carme and Ramon
RCA Bunka have been working in architecture in the context of shared creativity for more than 25 years.
- Nigel Peake Illustration
RIBA award winning Irish architect.
- British Institute of Interior Design
The UK's only professional institute for Interior Designers.