The CCA collection is a repository of ideas, provocations, inspirations, and trials and errors. It provides a base of material for our research and activities, and an important source for scholarship and reflection on architecture and society.
The collection documents the culture and production of architecture worldwide from the Renaissance through the present day. It is made up of interrelated bodies of primary and secondary materials, containing:
• Nearly 200 full or project archives of architects and artists working in the fields of architecture, urbanism, and landscape design of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
• Approximately 250,000 publications and periodicals, including building treatises, trade catalogues, city guides and maps, contemporary monographs, and websites
• Over 100,000 prints and drawings dating from the late fifteenth century to the present
• Roughly 65,000 photographs, in addition to those in archives, dating from the 1840s to today, including daguerreotypes, panoramas, albums, large-scale contemporary images, and new digital prints, some of which are the product of CCA commissions
• Artefacts, including building blocks, souvenir buildings, games, postcards, and other printed ephemera
• Audiovisual materials and digital files, including those that are parts of archives or result from oral histories, lectures, and events
Our particular focus on architectural archives has been present since the CCA’s founding (for example, with the Ernest Cormier fonds), but became more firmly established in the early 2000s with the acquisition of the archives of Gordon Matta-Clark, Cedric Price, Aldo Rossi, and James Stirling, and continues today with the arrival of significant archives of contemporary architects and architectural historians, including those of Álvaro Siza, Ábalos&Herreros, FOA, and Kenneth Frampton. We’ve also been working to gather and make accessible digital architectural production, most notably through the acquisitions associated with the Archaeology of the Digital program.
Access to our collection is provided physically in our study room and online through the website’s search engine. This search tool is under development, which might cause unexpected results in your search. If you are having trouble, please contact Collection Reference.
For information on how to consult the collection, as well as on reproductions and loans, please check our collection access and use FAQ page.
For more detailed information on the different components of our collection, please visit the following pages:
Prints and drawings
Artefacts, ephemera and other objects
You can also explore selected acquisitions on our timeline.