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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A game of basketball

James Naismith was a physical education teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts when he invented basketball out of sheer necessity. According... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Design for an 18th Century Hospital

In the last decades of the eighteenth century in France, debate was sparked over the design of hospitals owing to scientific studies that... read more
about prints and drawings


CCA Under Construction

Beginning in June 1985, photographer Bruno Massenet documented the construction of the CCA building, designed by Peter Rose with Phyllis Lambert... read more
about the archives


Albrecht Dürer’s Underweysung der Messung with Euclid's Geometricorum elementorum and Vitruvius’ De architectura

Three seminal texts are assembled in this unusual compilation that illustrates the close relationship between architectural thought and general... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

21st International Eucharistic Congress, Montreal, 1910

Eucharistic Congresses are large-scale gatherings of clergy and laity held under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church. These major events... 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