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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The Paris metro

"The Metro furnishes the best opportunity for the foreigner to imagine that he has understood, quickly and correctly, the essence of Paris... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

The wrought iron gates of the chapel

Until Sigurd Lewerentz and Gunnar Asplund’s Woodland cemetery was built the model for the modern urban cemetery was Père Lachaise in Paris... read more
about prints and drawings


Gordon Matta-Clark Archive

While the work of Gordon Matta-Clark defies easy categorization, his ideas have exerted increasing influence on architects and visual artists... read more
about the archives


Fondaco dei Tedeschi

Fondaco dei Tedeschi, completed 1508, is a functional Renaissance style building with 4 floors that surrounds a large inner courtyard. It... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

International Expositions and Fairs

The CCA holds over 1,500 items generated by 50 separate international expositions, from the Exposition des produits de l’industrie francaise... 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