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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Victor S. Balikhin and the architecture of the socialist city

The architect Victor Stepanovich Balikhin (1893-1953) completed his studies at the VKhUTEMAS (Higher Art and Technical Studios) in 1924, and... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

The transformation of a 17th-century bastion

Throughout the eighteenth century, the fortifications surrounding French cities were a major preoccupation of commercial, military, and civic... read more
about prints and drawings


Tribute to Arthur Erickson, 1924-2009

Canada’s greatest architect, Arthur Erickson, was deeply connected to the land in a way that is particularly Canadian. As Pierre Trudeau famously... read more
about the archives


Vastu Shastra Publications

A reference collection of vastu shastra (Sanskrit for "treatises on dwelling") literature on Indian temple architecture, iconography and city... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Scrapbook from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915

In 1985 the CCA received 13 boxes containing a corpus of 810 objects produced between 1910 and 1920 documenting the Panama-Pacific International... read more
about artefacts and media

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