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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Sounding Towers

This 2000 photograph from the CCA Collection depicts architect-engineer Vladimir Shukhov’s Shabolovka Radio Tower, commissioned by Lenin... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

The Information Hive

Cedric Price’s Oxford Corner House

Cedric Price’s Oxford Corner House (1965-66) was an unrealized project for a public communications and learning centre, modeled loosely on... read more
about prints and drawings


Grand railway hotels

With their ideal settings and exceptional architecture, Canada’s railway hotels were very popular with travellers and tourists alike during... read more
about the archives


Building the Washington Monument

In 1855 the construction of the Washington National Monument was halted when a mob of the anti-Catholic Know Nothing movement rushed the construction... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Norman D. Stevens Collection of Library Architecture

This collection of mixed materials, dating from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, documents the library as a building type. Approximately... 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