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 Dymaxion Dwelling Machine

The fruit of a decades-long interest in portable, lightweight structures, the 1945 Dymaxion Dwelling Machine was to be "installable anywhere... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

The wrought iron gates of the chapel

Until Sigurd Lewerentz and Gunnar Asplund’s Woodland cemetery was built the model for the modern urban cemetery was Père Lachaise in Paris... read more
about prints and drawings


Ernest Cormier Archive

In 1981 the archives of Montréal architect Ernest Cormier (1885-1980) became the first 20th-century fonds in the CCA Collection. After studying... read more
about the archives


Joseph Furttenbach: Architectura privata

Joseph Furttenbach (1591-1667), a German merchant and architect, studied in Italy before settling in Ulm in 1621, where he became supervisor... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

The Great East River Suspension Bridge

Before the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883, a New York toy-manufacturer, Stirn & Lyon, rendered this nineteenth-century engineering... 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