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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Carlo Mollino and Photography

"Photography can begin after the button is pressed" wrote the Italian architect Carlo Mollino (1905-1973) in his publication, Il messagio... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Burnham and Root: Monadnock Building, Chicago

The Monadnock Building, also known as the Monadnock Block, occupies a curious place in the architectural history of the United States. It... read more
about prints and drawings


Arthur Erickson Archive

Arthur Erickson (1924-2009), one of the most internationally acclaimed Canadian architects, left his mark on North American architecture during... read more
about the archives


Venturi and Scott Brown

In his acceptance speech for the Pritzker Prize made in Mexico in 1991, Robert Venturi gave a list of thanks, which began with his parents... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

The pride of our nation

On this day in 1917, the first 14,000 U.S. troops to join the First World War landed in secret in France at the port of Saint Nazaire. The... 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