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 230 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, Palmer Sabin, Kem Weber, Whitney Smith and Wayne Williams, Edward Killingsworth, Rex Lotery, Maynard Lyndon, A. E. Morris, 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.

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Cliff May: Smith house (La Habra, Calif.)


As one of Cliff May's first large-scale custom ranch houses for his benefactor and business partner John Arnholt Smith, this rendering and floor plan…

Cliff May: Trenchard house (La Jolla, Calif.)


In this early hacienda style version of the ranch house, Cliff May creates privacy with a patio that is surrounded by the house and garage on three…

Cliff May: Philbin house (Woodside, Calif.)


With this house in Woodside, Cliff May showcases the custom style he is known for. With a central enclosed courtyard, patios extending the living…

Cliff May: Lear house (Los Angeles, Calif.)


In this birds-eye view of the William Lear house in Los Angeles, the sprawling multi-winged house is seen perched on a hill overlooking the city. With…

Cliff May: Hauser house (Borrego Springs, Calif.)


The Hauser house in Borrego Springs is one of Cliff May's earlier custom ranch houses, but it has all of the elements of some of his larger designs.…

Albert Frey: Frey House 2, exteriors


Frey House 2 is perched on the side of the mountain, just above the Palm Springs Art Museum. Frey stipulated in his will that the house was to be…

Albert Frey: Frey House 2, interiors


Frey House 2 is also a small house, perched on a steep slope above Palm Springs. The main feature on the interior of the house is a large boulder,…