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The Photo Library Collections

Buildings and Places

Our website currently features 8000 images representative of the main collection, which holds approximately 500,000 slides, negatives and prints of historical and contemporary architecture. For educational use, the website includes low-resolution watermarked images available for downloading, along with comprehensive information about each building.

The collection includes several valuable archives of architectural images by F R Yerbury, Eric de Maré, Reyner Banham and Robin Evans.

The Photo Library also operates on a commercial basis, loaning images for publication in books and journals worldwide. Commercial users please contact us directly, standard fees apply.

School Work

Photographs of AA student work in the form of 100,000 negatives, slides and digital files dating from the 1880s. 7,300 have been uploaded to the website so far.

Complimentary collections of AA student work can be found in the AA Archives (drawings, models and digital files) and the AA Library (theses, the AA Collection).

School Life

A collection of 20,000 negatives, prints and slides of AA life, dating from the 1920s, and 45,000 digital images dating from 2005.

A selection of these is available on the website, and some can also be seen on

Photographers and Camera Club

Hundreds of photographers have contributed to the collection over the years, a selection are featured on the website alongside their biographies. Images are copyright of the photographer, the student and/or the Architectural Association, but low-resolution watermarked images may be downloaded for educational use.

If you would like to contribute images, or become one of our ‘photographic agents’ in a particular city or country, please contact us. Photographers retain copyright unless they wish to donate this to the AA. Rights managed images are sold to publishers on a 50/50 shared fee basis.

Online Lectures and Lecture Archive

Lectures from the past five years are available to view on the AA website. The Photo Library additionally holds an important DVD collection of lectures, conferences, symposia and other events presented at the AA. Dating back to the mid 1970s, the collection includes titles by many of the leading architects, artists, historians, and theorists of the last 40 years – including AA alumni such as Cedric Price, Peter Cook, Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid.

These are all searchable here:

The lecture archive is for the use of AA students, staff and members only.

Film Collection

Students and staff also have access to over 500 feature films and documentaries. One item per day can be borrowed overnight during the week (two films can be borrowed on Fridays for return on the following Monday).

The AA Cinema opened in 2009, equipped with 20 cinema seats and surround-sound. The Cinema is bookable for unit and student screenings. The AA Film Club shows programmes every week during term time.


Researchers who would like to visit the Photo Library to view the Collections or watch and borrow lecture DVDs need to be registered as AA Members - you can become a Member from as little as £30 for two-weeks or £60 for a year. For more details and a list of membership benefits please contact the Membership Office on 020 7887 4076 or, or you can join online at

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