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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Linnaeus Tripe and the Inscriptions on the Great Pagoda in Tanjore

Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902), an Army captain at the zenith of the British Empire’s economic and military might, was named official photographer... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Cedric Price and Archigram: Trondheim Competition, Norway

In 1972 Cedric Price (1934-2003) joined forces with fellow British architect Tony Dugdale, Norwegian architect Per Kartvedt, and members of... read more
about prints and drawings


Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church, Louiseville, Québec

This photograph depicts the parvis and façade of the former Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue (St. Anthony of Padua) church (built 1803, demolished... read more
about the archives


Barbie and the search for authenticity

A 2,500 square metre Barbie’s Dreamhouse opened in May 16 2013 in Berlin to mixed reaction. As families filtered into the pink palace, 300... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Architecture Medals

The CCA Library is the only North American library that holds a medal from the Deutsche Bauausstellung Berlin 1931 (German Building Exposition... 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