The CCA holds one of the world’s foremost international research collections of publications, conceptual studies, drawings, plans, models, prints, photographs, related artefacts and ephemera, archives and oral histories of individual architects.

The Collection now comprises over half a million examples that testify to the diverse ways in which architecture has been imagined, conceived, observed, and transformed for the past six centuries.

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Researchers may consult the Collection in the Library Reading Room by contacting Collection Reference. For information about reproductions from the Collection, contact Rights and Reproductions.

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Queensferry Cantilever As Seen From the South Approach Viaduct, Forth Bridge, Scotland

If one thinks of Henri Le Secq, one realizes that sequentiality, discontinuity and the fragmentation of the subject became part of the discourse... read more
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prints and drawings

A conceptual sketch of Eisenman's House VI

Between 1988 and 1990 House VI, built for Susan Frank and her husband, was almost entirely rebuilt. In her book, Peter Eisenman’s House VI... read more
about prints and drawings


Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Archive

Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, based in Toronto, is internationally known for the firm’s rigorous and engaging design, sensitivity to site, and... read more
about the archives


Trade catalogues: Hints on Modern House Painting

A century ago, long before its toxic qualities became widely known, asbestos was considered something of a miracle. Extremely fire resistant... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Tadashi Kawamata: Urban Interventions

The Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata (b. 1953) creates small structures or huts that straddle the line between installation and architecture... read more
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selections from CCA collection

In November 1973 Gordon Matta-Clark was invited by curator Paolo Minetti of Galleriaforma to exhibit in Genoa, Italy. Minetti offered him... read more

In 1951 the mayor of Ahmedabad, Chinubhai Chimanbhai, invited Le Corbusier to design a new house for the mayor on a site on the west bank... read more