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 Shabolovka Radio Tower

In 1919, the Russian engineer and architect Vladimir Shukhov designed a major radio tower for Moscow. The tower was to rise some 350 metres... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Dugourc: Hôtel of the Duchesse de Mazarin

Louise-Jeanne de Durfort, duchesse de Mazarin (1735–1781), continuously altered and updated the design and contents of her Parisian hotel... 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


Regina's Day of Horror

"Sunday, June 30, 1912 will go down into history as the darkest day in Regina's otherwise uninterrupted period of splendid prosperity and... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Victoria Bridge

Two small items of printed ephemera from the CCA Collection mark two important moments in the history of Montréal’s Victoria Jubilee Bridge... 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