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London Metropolitan University

Architecture and Interior Design


Other academic libraries with relevant materials can be searched via Library Hub Discover and accessed via the SCONUL Access Scheme.

  • British Library - access to material unavailable elsewhere. See their website for visiting information and how to register for a reader pass.

Specialist Libraries 

See also the Local History archives in individual boroughs - search for them under Libraries.



  • ​​​​​​ArchDaily - compiled by architects. Good for research, up-to-date projects and architectural products.
  • Archi-Europe Group - represents a unique platform where architects coming from all over Europe can meet each other.
  • Archinect UK - many useful features including Construction index, British Architecture chronology and UK Award Winners listing. Useful links section includes a wide range of professional & trade associations and public bodies (e.g. National Trust) who may offer jobs, placements, scholarships, bursaries or courses.
  • Architecture week - linked to "Architecture week" journal, presenting 1,000 classics of world architecture. Can search by building, architect or place.
  • Architonic - this platform can be used to find products, brands, retailers, and expertise for architecture and design.
  • Archives Hub - archives are a good source of primary material. Find out if there is an archive on your research area, where it is, and how to access it.
  • ARH net - research into the history of modern arts, architecture and design. It consists of three linked databases: ReVIEW (digitized, searchable versions of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art journals); Arts & Architecture ProFILES (a biographical dictionary of modern artists, designers, architects, craftspeople and photographers); Design Abstracts Retrospective.
  • Barbour Product Search - a "searchable database of products and suppliers, including images, case studies, technical data, catalogues, news and project data".
  • British and Irish Furniture Makers Online - a digital resource created in a partnership between the Institute of Historical Research and the Furniture History Society. It contains details of furniture manufacturers and suppliers, their organising structures, their clientele, the material they produced and the services they provided from the beginning of the 17th century to the early 20th century.
  • BSI Knowledge Centre and Shop - find information on British Standards.
  • Building Research Establishment (BRE) - provides research, advisory, training, testing, certification and standards information, including CPD courses for practitioners in built environment related professions, including BREEM and BIM training.
  • Bustler - "sister site to the leading architecture platform, Archinect, focuses on competition and event listings in the architecture and design industries."
  • City of London London Metropolitan Archives - holds archives of construction firms, important registries of building control case files, plans and drawings series created by the architects, engineers, surveyors and planning departments of the Greater London Council and predecessor bodies, also the City of London Corporation.
  • Construction Index - a professional edited dictionary of recommended websites relevant to construction in the UK.
  • designboom - "industrial design today: courses, education, competitions, history and contemporary, shop, interviews, snapshots, design-aerobics".
  • Design Museum Designers - provides profiles of the leading designers.
  • - a weblog that provides information on new sustainable design and technological practices.
  • International Textile Collection - the collection is based at the University of Leads, but you can search for textiles and view images and descriptions on their website. The collection dates from the Ancient Egyptian to the present day, with the greater part covering the 19th and early 20th centuries. It's particularly good for embroideries from China and the Mediterranean region, resists and weaves from Indonesia, India and West Africa, and European woven samples. This collection includes the former International Textiles Archive known as ULITA.
  • London Residential Research - free half year reviews of the residential market in the City and Docklands reported in the press (Estates Gazette). It provides an in-depth analysis into market trends, sub-market activity and the planning pipeline, and provides the opportunity of highlighting the future direction of the residential market in Central London.
  • MoDiP - the Museum of Design in Plastics is based in Poole, but the collections can be searched online.
  • National Building Survey (NBS) - NBS National BIM Library - the only BIM object library which directly links to the market leading NBS specification software. A free website including the latest downloads for NBS National BIM report 2014. Building information modeling (BMI) is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. Visit the NBS National BIM Library.


  • NBS National BIM Library - Source of BIM objects in the UK to support Building Information Modeling, the process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. Includes generic objects for use in outline design stages and specific manufacture objects for use later in the project, all authored to NBS standard.


  • Survey of London - this is the website of the Survey of London's Whitechapel project. Use it to explore the histories of Whitechapel’s buildings and places. It includes a map, information about every building in Whitechapel as of 2016, photographs, stories, research, film clips and audio recordings.
  • - useful website for international profiles on architects, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, lighting consultants, and architectural photographers. Also provides reviews and job vacancies.
  • Trendhunter - is a trend community. The site includes trend reports and consumer insights, and events.