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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The Cuban pavilion

"Citizens: that sun you can now see raising above the Turquino Peak has come to illuminate the first day of Cuba’s freedom and independence... read more
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prints and drawings

Cedric Price: Fun Palace

Cedric Price (1934 – 2003) was one of the most influential and visionary architects of the late-twentieth century, focusing on time-based... read more
about prints and drawings


Álvaro Siza's archive

During the last years I have sensed the need to organize the archive of my many years of activity dedicated to architecture. The demand of... read more
about the archives


Albrecht Dürer: The siege of a fortress

In 1527 Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) published a treatise on fortifications, Etliche underricht zu Befestigung der Stett, Schloss und Flecken... read more
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artefacts and media

Jeanneret's birthday card

Between 1951 and 1965, Pierre Jeanneret worked as head architect of the city of Chandigarh, the new capital of Punjab. Prime Minister Nehru... 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