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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Rossi's vision of Venice

Given its waterways and the fact it became a maritime empire throughout the Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean, the influence of the land... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

The Crystal Chain (Die Gläserne Kette)

Amidst the devastation at the end of WWI a group of German architects formed an epistolary association (Die Gläserne Kette or Crystal Chain... read more
about prints and drawings


Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church, Louiseville, Québec

This photograph depicts the parvis and façade of the former Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue (St. Anthony of Padua) church (built 1803, demolished... read more
about the archives


An unbuilt museum by Étienne-Louis Boullée

"Born at the moment when architecture had fallen back into infancy, he had to overcome the taste of the day and to purge architecture from... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Norman D. Stevens Collection of Library Architecture

This collection of mixed materials, dating from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, documents the library as a building type. Approximately... 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