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 pioneer of modernism and his car

Happy Birthday, Wells Coates. Born in Tokyo, he was a pioneer of the modernist movement in London before and after WWII. However, he studied... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

The Alessandro Poli Fonds

Architect and artist Alessandro Poli (born in Fiesole in 1940), whose name is associated with the radical Italian architecture movement 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


Punch attacks Colonel Sibthorpe. Again.

Here, the Tory MP Colonel Sibthorpe is again a target for London’s Punch magazine. The eccentric ultra-conservative is lampooned for a re... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

The heart of the Biozentrum

One of Peter Eisenman’s ambitions for the Biozentrum was to use a computer as a modeling tool capable of drafting predefined forms in endless... read more
about artefacts and media

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