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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Osaka Castle

At the beginning of the 17th century the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu had taken control of Japan and only a man named Toyotomi Hideyori, the son... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Gordon Bunshaft: Symphony Hall, Pittsburgh

Two sketches for an unrealized design for the Pittsburgh Symphony Hall are rare surviving examples by the architect Gordon Bunshaft (1909... read more
about prints and drawings


Teatro del mondo, Venice, 1979-1980

This small temporary building, floating on a pontoon near the Basin of St. Mark, was built in connection with an international architectural... read more
about the archives


Pigott Construction Company: Stone Architecture in Ontario

Pigott Construction Company, a family business operating through the twentieth century in southern Ontario, played a major role in shaping... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

The Great East River Suspension Bridge

Before the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883, a New York toy-manufacturer, Stirn & Lyon, rendered this nineteenth-century engineering... read more
about artefacts and media

selections from CCA collection

With its foreshortened perspective, this monumental image (1926-1927) is a testament to the experimentation of photographers in Soviet Russia... read more

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