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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Sounding Towers

This 2000 photograph from the CCA Collection depicts architect-engineer Vladimir Shukhov’s Shabolovka Radio Tower, commissioned by Lenin... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Ammar Eloueini: CoReFab #71 Chair

The architect, designer, and teacher Ammar Eloueini is deeply invested in digital media. His creative process is based on the use of the computer... 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


Ernest Cormier Library

The CCA owns the library and archive of Ernest Cormier (1885-1980), Montréal architect and engineer. The library comprises 2,500 monographic... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

The pride of our nation

On this day in 1917, the first 14,000 U.S. troops to join the First World War landed in secret in France at the port of Saint Nazaire. The... 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