Founded in 1987, the Archivio Progetti is part of the Università Iuav di Venezia. Its main mission is to acquire, arrange, catalogue and keep archives related to architecture, making them available for historical and technical research. Materials are collected mainly from architects and architectural practices, engineers, town planners, designers, photographers and corporates.
The Archivio Progetti owns (2013) 40 archives, with many thousands of drawings, papers, photographs and about 350 architectural models. Researchers from across the world access the reading room or refer to the on-line catalogues. Items from the collections are put on display for theme-based exhibitions in the gallery next to the reading room; others are lent to museums all over the world for their temporary exhibitions.