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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photographs

The Expanding Geodesic Dome


The Expanding Geodesic Dome blossoms open from a 1.5-meter cluster to a 6-meter structural dome when pulled open from its base. When deployed... read more
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prints and drawings

Octave for the Canonization of Saint Giuseppe da Copertino


These three drawings, on two very large leaves of paper, depict the decorations installed in Rome’s Santi Apostoli church for the octave celebrated... read more
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archives

Roger D’Astous Archive


After studying architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (1946-1952) and at Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio (Taliesen Fellowship, 1952... read more
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publications

Harris Collection of British Country House Guides


Approximately 340 early printed books on British country houses offer primary evidence about the architecture, gardens, and interior decoration... read more
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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
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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