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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The Energite Explosives Company

During the First World War, Canadian factories ran at full capacity, serving the war effort. Between March 1916 and November 1917, a total... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Sketches of the Großes Schauspielhaus

These sketches capture Hans Poelzig’s early vision for the Großes Schauspielhaus theatre, complete with stalactite-like ornaments bearing... read more
about prints and drawings


John Hejduk Archive

The work of John Hejduk (1929–2000) – architect, poet, and, above all, teacher – lies at the intersection of architecture, narrative, sculpture... read more
about the archives


Streets in the sky

Park Hill in Sheffield is the best known of the estates built under city architect Jack Womersley because it is the largest structure to have... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Many Forth Bridges

In Patterns of Intention, Michael Baxandall uses the Forth Bridge to explore the degree to which the work of art is the product of a culture... 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