The Architecture and Design Collection at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara is one of the largest architectural archives in North America. More than 250 collections and archives make up the ADC, a portrait of design in the region through the work of well-known  figures such as Irving Gill, John Byers, Roland Coate, Sr., George Washington Smith, Myron Hunt and Harold Chambers, Robert Stacy-Judd, R. M. Schindler, Lutah Maria Riggs, Thornton Abell, Gregory Ain, Julius R. Davidson, Kem Weber, Whitney Smith and Wayne Williams, Edward Killingsworth, and Barton Myers, among others.

The exhibits, collections, and items featured on this website are a small sampling of the materials archived at the ADC. Please visit the Online Archive of California for a full list of our collections' finding aids.

Recently Added Items

Edla Muir portrait

adc_160_b1f4-k.jpg

This portrait was taken of Muir in 1935, soon after she passed her licensing exam to become a licensed architect. She had worked in the John Byers…

Edla Muir: Sedgwick workshop designs (Los Angeles, Calif.)

adc_160_ff212b_014-k.jpg

This home in West Los Angeles for Edward Sedgwick and his family was originally designed by John Byers in 1939. Muir added alterations to the living…

Edla Muir: Stoessel house (Santa Monica, Calif.)

adc_160_b8f242_01-k.jpg

This house on La Mesa Drive in Santa Monica, was originally designed by John Byers and Edla Muir in 1925. Muir performed alterations to the house for…

Edla Muir: Ilsley house (Los Angeles, Calif.)

adc_160_b7f222_01-k.jpg

Philip Ilsley was the president of Paddock Pool Company, and a repeat client. He commissioned four houses and two commercial buildings from Muir. For…

Edla Muir: Hall house (Los Angeles, Calif.)

adc_160_b7f218_01-k.jpg

The Zola Hall house in Mandeville Canyon was designed for the recently divorced mother with two small children. The low-slung, single-story house was…

Edla Muir: Gould house (Brentwood, Calif.)

adc_160_b7f216_01-k.jpg

This small house in Mandeville Canyon for George A. Gould is a typical traditional house for the area. Muir was still working in the office of John…

Edla Muir: Brawerman house (Los Angeles, Calif.)

adc_160_b7f214_01-k.jpg

This large house, for Richard S. Brawerman and his wife, is located in the Brentwood Park area of Los Angeles, near Mandeville Canyon. Muir performed…