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.

For information on loans of objects for exhibitions, please see the Policy on Lending CCA Objects for Temporary Exhibitions.

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View of the Esplanade

"For some, [my work] spells architecture; for others, art," Melvin Charney said. "Nevertheless, I see myself as an artist who is preoccupied... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings


Pierre-Dominique Bazaine – A French Engineer in Saint Petersburg

Alexander Pushkin set his now-famous poem about the equestrian statue of Peter the Great during the worst flood in Saint Petersburg’s history... read more
about prints and drawings


Peter Eisenman: House VI

On 20 October 2009 Peter Eisenman met with 52 first-year McGill University architecture students at the CCA in the context of Open Sessions... read more
about the archives


She, the house

Marta Masferrer writes for "Trapped in the CCA" as a 2011 Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Intern. This program encourages students... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Kindergarten Toys

Kindergarten, or "children's garden" was first developed in Germany in the 1830s by Friedrich Fröbel (1782-1852). By the end of the century... 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