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Architecture, Design and Planning: Locating Information : Buildings and Historic Buildings

How do I find information on buildings?

City of Sydney buildings and plans

Tips for searching and terminology to use.

To find specifics on a building, do a Keyword search for the name of the building or the name of the architect(s).

e.g. Building Name 

e.g. "Lloyd Wright" AND building name

Note some buildings may be known under several names. 

Another strategy: Search for the architectural period and/or style rather than the building or architect's name.

For example, to find plans for the Chartres Cathedral, you could search the catalog for books on "Gothic architecture". Once you find a promising book, you could then browse the index for references to the Chartres Cathedral.

Keywords: Terms for help with searching

These search terms can help you in your search for  building information/plans:

  • Aerial Images, Axonometrics, Computer Generated Images, Designs, Diagrams
  • Drawings,Elevations,Illustrations,Maps,Models
  • Photographs,Plans,Site Plans,Sketches

University of Sydney Buildings Information

University of Sydney information on building plans, landscape plans, and maintenance  contact :

Campus Infrastructure Services (CIS). 

General inquiries1300 226 787.


Heritage and conservation

The University has conservation management plans for numerous buildings on our main campus. The documents are also available by email – please contact Campus Infrastructure Services :

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