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.

For information on loans of objects for exhibitions, please see the Policy on Lending CCA Objects for Temporary Exhibitions.

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The Cologne Cathedral

The completion of Germany's largest cathedral was celebrated as a national event on 14 August 1880, an astonishing 632 years after construction... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

The transportation and lowering of the Vatican obelisk

The movement and re-erection of the Vatican obelisk in 1586 by Pope Sixtus V was at once a major feat of engineering, a public spectacle that... 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


Build your own CN Tower

At the time of its construction, Canada’s National Tower in Toronto was the tallest tower in the world at 553 metres high and was surpassed... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Architecture Medals

The CCA Library is the only North American library that holds a medal from the Deutsche Bauausstellung Berlin 1931 (German Building Exposition... 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