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 Grey Nuns Motherhouse

Early in 2013, the last of the Grey Nuns moved out of the Motherhouse of Montreal, close to the CCA, in order to make room for Concordia... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings


Pierre-Dominique Bazaine – A French Engineer in Saint Petersburg

Alexander Pushkin set his now-famous poem about the equestrian statue of Peter the Great during the worst flood in Saint Petersburg’s history... read more
about prints and drawings


Hommage à Sandy van Ginkel


H.P.D. (Sandy) van Ginkel died on 6 July 2009 at the age of 89. Born in Amsterdam, Sandy was active in the Dutch Resistance during the Second... read more
about the archives



Over 5,000 periodical titles form an important resource within the CCA Collection. The periodical collection is strong in national and regional... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Kindergarten Toys

Kindergarten, or "children's garden" was first developed in Germany in the 1830s by Friedrich Fröbel (1782-1852). By the end of the century... 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