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Architecture Research Guide

This guide shows how to use the library to carry out research in the field of architecture. The guide includes links to ebooks, articles, journals, databases, images and also support content showing how to use the library's databases to complete your research paper. From here, you can learn to:

  • use the library to find a topic
  • find books on your topic 
  • use Interlibrary Loan to get books not owned by UML
  • find articles on your topic 
  • get full text access to those articles
  • cite your sources
  • find help.

Off Campus Access

You will need to be logged in to the UML Library to access some of the material in this guide. If you are logged in to your UML email you are logged in to the library. You may get an additional authentication phone call from Duo. This is routine. 

If prompted, enter your UML email credentials. If you still have trouble, clear the cache on your device. Email not working? Troubleshoot from here.


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Assembled Units, Habitat 67 Montreal by Moshe Safdie
Photo by Hanaa Dahy

What is Architecture?

UMass Lowell trains many engineers. It may appear that the concerns of architects and engineers are different, but engineers can be assured of one thing: architects cannot do their jobs without engineers. A good engineer will want to understand the architectural purpose; what is the architects goal? And to build her spectacular skyscraper an architect needs knowledge of aesthetics, materials, space, and good engineers.

The Encyclopedia Britannica defines architecture:

"The characteristics that distinguish a work of architecture from other built structures are 

  • the suitability of the work to use by human beings in general and the adaptability of it to particular human activities, 

  • the stability and permanence of the work’s construction, 
  •  the communication of experience and ideas through its form."


The room in which you are reading these words is a work of architecture. Architecture is all around us whether we are aware of it or not. 

What can buildings from the past tell us? How were resources allocated, and for what purposes, through history? What does this tell us about the historical period in which the building was built? How has technological innovation affected architecture?

These and other questions are part of the study of architecture.


6 Architects: Building in New York

If you cannot access the above video, you can watch it here