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 Wailing Wall

This photograph of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem is presented in the exhibition Photographing the Arab city in the 19th century, which opens... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

The master plan of Chandigarh

In 1948, with the site of the new capital of East Punjab decided, the government of the unbuilt city made a survey to assess the population... read more
about prints and drawings


James Stirling : Conversations with Himself

It is possible to discover within the CCA Collection individual drawings that represent an intimate exchange of ideas. In the case of a sheet... read more
about the archives


The Home of Contented and Friendly People

The National Plan Service dates back to the inter-war years when it provided plans for house designs to a middle-class public. This catalogue... 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