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AJ Buildings Library now open to all AJ subscribers

The AJ Buildings Library (AJBL), a digital archive of more than 1,000 projects, is now available to all AJ subscribers as part of their subscription

Described as ‘seriously impressive and dangerously addictive’ by Urbed’s Jonathan Brown, the Library showcases important British architecture dating back to 1900. It includes essential projects featured in the magazine over the last 20 years and will continue to grow.

Piers Taylor, partner at Mitchell Taylor Workshop, said: ‘It’s a great resource and so well formatted, it’s amazing no one else has thought of it.

‘To be able to search by building typology, architect, material, genre, detail, roof or wall element is fantastic, and exactly how we need information made available.

‘I’ve no doubt it will become the precedent library for architects and students alike.’

John McRae of ORMS added:  ‘We used it for researching a new science building for a school, looking at the adjacency of rooms and their sizes. It’s usually so difficult to find the plans and sections all together. But this is a great source of information.’

Christine Murray, editor of the AJ said, ‘We wanted to give our readers more. Access to the AJ Buildings Library is a historical first, and the most compelling addition to an AJ subscription we could think of, with huge benefits for students and architects alike.’

‘We developed the AJBL as a tool for researching building precedents, but it is useful through all RIBA work stages, from feasibility studies to detailed design’

Existing subscribers can log in to the AJ Buildings Library to get unlimited access to this searchable archive of project data with more than 20,000 drawings and images.

For help accessing the AJ Buildings Library, contact customer services on 020 7728 4651 or email


The AJ’s Building Library will prove to be a fantastic resource, not just for the profession, but for anyone interested in architecture. It will only get better as more projects are uploaded. So I urge all to engage with it.
Simon Allford, Director, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

‘Already it’s amazing as I’ve found plans on Birmingham library that I haven’t been able to find. It’s a really useful resource for students.’
Sarah Louise Gibbons, Sixth Year Student, University of Newcastle

‘The Architect’s Journal Buildings Library is a great resource of information. It allows people the time to browse the finer details of a range of inspiring architectural projects created by some amazing architects.’
Nicholas Kirk, Owner, Amenity Space

‘It is wonderful to be able to show architects the Buildings Library, which will help the profession work more efficiently and provide access to never-seen-before material.’
Christine Murray, Editor, Architects’ Journal

‘It’s an incredibly well thought out and easy to use visual and technical resource for architects. It is great being able to download images and technical details as well as being able to see who has been involved in each project, which contract was used and what the costs were. Invaluable!’
Neil Dusheiko, Owner, Neil Dusheiko Architects

‘It’s the kind of thing that might get used five or six times a day. We regularly send people to the RIBA library to get information on old projects ease of access would have real value.’
Graham Morrison, partner at Allies and Morrison

Readers' comments (7)

  • Christine - I stumbled on this yesterday when looking at the Stirling Prize shortlisting challenge. An excellent resource well done.

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  • Christine Murray

    Thanks Simon. We're hoping it brings the tradition of building an architectural library with the AJ into the 21st century. Several architecture schools and large practices have subscribed to site-wide IP access to the AJBL, but I'm so pleased that now students, sole practitioners and small practices can benefit from this resource too.

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  • Invaluable resource for students - the perfect research tool for both design and theory based projects. The fact it now comes with the AJ subscription makes subscribing to the AJ as essential as tracing paper to students.

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  • A most valuable resource for everyone, not only architects. Researching and discovering new projects/ideas has never been easier.

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  • Christine - I stumbled on this yesterday when looking at the Stirling Prize shortlisting challenge. An excellent resource well done.

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  • What a wonderful resource, for architects, students and the curious alike! A brilliant cross section of merit worthy projects, illustrated with superb images and drawings. Immensely pleasurable to browse, as well as practical. Thank you.

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  • Absolutely love the library. However, and i hate to be Peter Pedant, but Castleford Bridge by McDowell and Benedetti has ended up in a place called Wakeford and not where it should be - in Wakefield.

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  • Eddy,
    Thanks for pointing this out - the address how now been changed. The AJ buildings Library is a continually updated resource, if you notice any inaccuracies or have any suggestions for projects that need to be included please email me on
    Tom Ravenscroft (AJ Buildings Library Editor)

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