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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Edward Burtynsky: Urban Renewal #7, Medium Density Suburb #1, Zegho, Zhejiang Province, China

This large-format photograph by Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky is part of a larger body of work on the transformation of China’s urban landscapes... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Competition for the League of Nations Building, Geneva

Founded at the conclusion of World War I and precursor to the United Nations, the League of Nations was the first permanent international... read more
about prints and drawings


Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies Archive

The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS) was founded in 1967 as an independent educational corporation through the joint efforts... 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

Lives and Times of the Plateau

Home to the highest concentration of artists in North America, Montreal's Plateau Mont-Royal has come a long way from its native roots as... 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