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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The Foundations of Rockefeller Center

Heavily riveted steel posts rise from concrete plinths, sunk into layers of granite, to support beams only loosely covered with planks (allowing... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Scena per angolo

Filippo Juvarra died on this day in 1736. Although he became the pre-eminent architect of his generation whose imprint can still be seen throughout... read more
about prints and drawings


Exhibition Machines, Ghosts

In the archives of Ábalos & Herreros at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, a document outlining the concept for the Third Biennial of Spanish... read more
about the archives


C. Donald Cook Frank Lloyd Wright Collection

A major assembly of research materials relating to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Cook Collection holds approximately 1,200 books, 1... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Tadashi Kawamata: Urban Interventions

The Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata (b. 1953) creates small structures or huts that straddle the line between installation and architecture... 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