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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The Grand Palais during the First World War

On 14 September 1914, Henri Deglane, the architect conservator of the Grand Palais, was ordered by the military government of Paris to convert... read more
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prints and drawings


Pierre-Dominique Bazaine – A French Engineer in Saint Petersburg

Alexander Pushkin set his now-famous poem about the equestrian statue of Peter the Great during the worst flood in Saint Petersburg’s history... read more
about prints and drawings


Arthur Erickson Archive

Arthur Erickson (1924-2009), one of the most internationally acclaimed Canadian architects, left his mark on North American architecture during... read more
about the archives


A postage stamp in his honour

When Fazlur Khan left Bangladesh - then East Pakistan - for the United States in 1952, he had never even seen a high-rise building. Yet Khan... read more
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artefacts and media

Sunset over the Lincoln Memorial

"A child born to poverty on the edge of the wilderness; a ruler whose word became law over a continent, wide as the Atlantic; a martyr whose... read more
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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