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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The site of the Packard Motor Company

In 1903 Packard Motor Co. purchased a 3.5-million-square-foot plant designed by Albert Kahn in East Grand, Detroit, where it produced its... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

A drawing by George Dance the Younger

"No single architect, since the days of Sir C. Wren, has built so much in [London] as Dance, and much it is to be regretted.” This was the... read more
about prints and drawings


Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna, Blumberg Architects Archive

The Toronto-based firm of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) was founded in 1987 by four partners who had been colleagues in... read more
about the archives


She, the house

Marta Masferrer writes for "Trapped in the CCA" as a 2011 Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Intern. This program encourages students... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

The building blocks of the Guggenheim

"I want a temple of spirit, a monument!" Hilla Rebay wrote to Frank Lloyd Wright in 1943, soliciting him to design a museum for the Guggenheim... 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