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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Melvin Charney: Better if they think they are going to a farm…

This photomontage by Melvin Charney (b. 1935) represents a proposal for Documenta Urbana, Kassel in 1981. It is part of a series of related... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

An unbuilt government centre in Qatar

British engagement in building in the Middle East has changed. Last month, the UK-based architecture firm you&me won a competition to design... 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


Voyages a Peking, Manille et l'Île de France

Europe first became aware of Chinese civilization with Marco Polo’s thirteenth-century account of his visit to China, but the Age of Enlightenment... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Jeanneret's birthday card

Between 1951 and 1965, Pierre Jeanneret worked as head architect of the city of Chandigarh, the new capital of Punjab. Prime Minister Nehru... 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