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 tree that signifies Los Angeles

On this day in 1850, Los Angeles was incorporated as a city. The eighteenth century Franciscan missionaries were the first to plant palms... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings


Drawing Instruments: From Pencil to Computer

In 1982 the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London organised a small exhibition and published an accompanying catalogue 1... 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


Trade catalogues: Hints on Modern House Painting

A century ago, long before its toxic qualities became widely known, asbestos was considered something of a miracle. Extremely fire resistant... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

The National Stadium

This week, the European football authority UEFA announced that the quadrennial European Championships in 2020 will be held across Europe rather... 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