architectural record

n. documents and materials that are created or assembled as part of the design, construction, and documentation of buildings and similar large structures, and that are preserved for their administrative, legal, fiscal, or archival value


Architectural records include print and electronic formats, models, and other supporting records, such as contracts, specifications, and procurement records. The phrase “architectural records” connotes records relating to buildings and similar, large built structures; they are generally distinguished from engineering records, which connote records relating to smaller, fabricated materials, and records in which functionality takes precedence over aesthetics.