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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This sense of apprehension

Cerys Wilson writes for "Trapped in the CCA" as a 2011 Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Intern. This program encourages students and... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Portraits of Architects

From the Renaissance through the nineteenth century, architects have often been portrayed with the tools of their trade: scientific drawing... read more
about prints and drawings


Tribute to Arthur Erickson, 1924-2009

Canada’s greatest architect, Arthur Erickson, was deeply connected to the land in a way that is particularly Canadian. As Pierre Trudeau famously... read more
about the archives


Tallis’s London Street Views

Published serially between 1838 and 1840, Tallis’s London Street Views assembled a directory of London merchants and landholders with views... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

The National Stadium

This week, the European football authority UEFA announced that the quadrennial European Championships in 2020 will be held across Europe rather... 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