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Interior Design: Reference

Resources to support students in the Bachelor of Interior Design program

Reference Resources

Reference Resources

Reference works are typically resources for brief selections of facts, data, or definitions, such as dictionaries, or lead to additional information sources. Links are provided here to key online and print reference works to support Interior Design. Also included is a link to the online "Matrial Bank".

Building codes

Building codes

Ontario :

The Ontario Building Code Online : BUILDING CODE 2017 

"The Complete Ontario Building Code Online"

 Please note: "This site is not an offical copy or maintained by the Government of Ontario."

 Ontario’s Building Code . Ontario government website. "Learn more about Ontario’s Building Code so you can meet our building regulations." 


The Quebec Building Code Online : BUILD CODE 2017

Please note: This site is not an offical copy or maintained by the Government of Quebec.

British Columbia: 

The British Columbia Building Code Online ; Build Code 2018

Please note: This site is not an offical copy or maintained by the Government of BRITISH COLUMBIA.




Databases, Directories, & Web Portals

Databases, Directories, & Web Portals

  • Art History Resources: This comprehensive Art History resource organizes links by civilization and then by subheadings, such as Prehistoric Art with Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic Art subheadings. It proceeds through Ancient Near East, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Art in Early Europe, Art in the Middle Ages, into the Renaissance, and so on.

  • Artcyclopedia: Artcyclopedia is a directory of links to museum quality artwork. It can be searched by artist name, by subject (for example landscapes), by movement (for example, Impressionism), as well as by medium and nationality.

  • Cities & Buildings Database: The Cities and Buildings Database is a collection of digitized images of buildings and cities drawn from across time and throughout the world, available to students, researchers and educators on the web.

  • City of Toronto Archives: Archives provides plans and history of Toronto buildings.

  • Design Directory: A comprehensive database of hand-picked design firms, studios, museums, organizations, and resources.

  • Designer’s Walk: Connecting Toronto trade professionals with the best products and innovations in luxury and innovative design.

  • Materia: A database of material resources for design.

  • Transmaterial: Materials that redefine our physical environment.

  • Sweets: Comprehensive building product information, CAD details, building information modeling (BIM) objects, specs, catalogs, galleries, green product information, and multi-platform options like the magazine SNAP, Continuing Education and newsletters.

  • Worqx (ColorTheory): the site presents a bit of information about development, the widely used color theory tutorial, and links to a variety of external resources regarding both design and development.

Dictionaries, Encyclopaedias, Thesaurus 

  • Art & Architecture Thesaurus: Learn about the purpose, scope and structure of the AAT. The AAT is an evolving vocabulary, growing and changing thanks to contributions from Getty projects and other institutions.

Material Bank

Material Bank

Material Bank, the world’s largest material marketplace for the architecture and design industry, is the fastest and most powerful way to search and sample materials. 

Available free of cost to students. Students need to register  using the “Student/Educator” form with your university email address.