of Architecture


Academy of Architecture Library



The Library of the Mendrisio Academy has one of the largest holdings of the history of architecture and art in Switzerland. Its importance is now recognized internationally thanks to its continuously updated documentary holdings and the bibliographic rarities it possesses, particularly in the fields of the art and architecture of the Ticino, the neighboring regions and the Mediterranean area.

The Library is notable primarily for its rich bibliographic collections in the fields of history of architecture, visual culture and the arts in general, including the theatrical and performing arts. Together with these core holdings, it is also building up a new collection of texts and publications devoted to traditional, vernacular and popular architecture worldwide.
Particular attention is paid to publications dealing with the spillover into design of developments in technology and ecology. To complement the already extensive collection on the history of construction techniques, the library is expanding the bibliographic sectors specially devoted to  technological developments in the Modern Movement, which are further documented by a very substantial catalogue of monographs and the massive transformations of the territory and landscape induced by modernity.
As a stimulus to reflection on architecture as a work of artistic creativity, there are also numerous titles dealing with the theory and philosophy of art, aesthetics and the critical debate. Finally the library has a very rich collection of iconographic materials, typological compendia and technical manuals, which are extremely useful in the training of young architects.

  • Responsabile scientifico
  • Responsabile biblioteca
  • Coordinamento operativo
    • Francesca Ambrosio-Resciniti
  • Catalogazione
    • Debora De Carli
    • Michele Mogliazzi
    • Fiorenza Moretti
  • Prestito, prestito interbibliotecario
    • Nadir Marcon
  • Periodici
    • Daniela Costarelli
  • Coordinamento swisscovery
    • Sabina Walder
  • Collezioni speciali
    • Elisabetta Zonca
  • Acquisizioni
    • Monica Soldati
  • Open Access e servizi web
    • Silvio Bindella
Biblioteca dell'Accademia di architettura, Foto Angela Windholz
Campus dell'Accademia di architettura Mendrisio
  1. Villa Argentina
  2. Palazzo Turconi
    Biblioteca (1° piano)
  3. Palazzo Canavée
  4. Osteria Vignetta
  5. Istituto di ricerca ISA
  6. Dependance
    Istituto ISUP/LabTi e OST
  7. Teatro