Katie Pierce Meyer

Head of Architectural Collections

Ayres and Ayres, Architects Firm Library

The firm library of San Antonio architectural firm, Ayres and Ayres contains architectural publications, including building monographs, typological and technical treatises, professional journals, competition manuals, and materials catalogs. San Antonio architects Atlee B. Ayres (1873-1969) and Robert Ayres (1898-1977) collected these books for their firm's library. Atlee B. Ayres opened his San Antonio firm in 1894. His son Robert joined the practice and the name of the firm was changed to Ayres and Ayres in 1925.

Karl Kamrath Library

The Karl Kamrath Library is a collection of architectural books assembled by prominent Houston architect Karl Kamrath (1911-1988). After graduating from the University of Texas, Kamrath worked in Chicago for Pereira and Pereira, the Interior Studios of Marshall Field and Company, and the Architectural Decorating Company before opening an architectural firm with Fred MacKie in 1937. MacKie and Kamrath helped introduce modernist architectural design to the Houston area.

Colin Rowe Library

In 2001 the University of Texas acquired the private library of architectural educator and historian Colin Rowe, who revolutionized the teaching of architecture in the United States by introducing an appreciation of American heritage, the dynamic quality of early American settlements, and the American revitalization of the classical style. The New York Times described Rowe as one of the two most influential (architectural) historians of the twentieth century.

Charles W. Moore Library

Charles Willard Moore (1925-1993) was an architect, educator, author, and traveler. His academic posts include serving as Dean, Chairman, and faculty member at six different universities, including the University of California at Berkeley, Yale University, and The University of Texas at Austin. Moore completed 180 commissions, and served as principal architect in firms in California, Connecticut, and Texas.