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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Konstantin Melnikov and his House

This visionary house was built towards the end of the period of remarkable creativity that succeeded the Russian Revolution of 1917. It was... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Perspective for a War Memorial

In February 1919 the Battle Exploits Memorial Committee met in London to decide which sites of the Great War should be commemorated. As they... read more
about prints and drawings


Umberto Riva fonds

Although Umberto Riva (b. 1928) has purposefully maintained a marginal role within the field of architecture, he is recognized—especially... read more
about the archives


Trade Catalogues: Garden Furniture and Ornaments

Trade catalogues depict mass-produced manufactured goods. These modern ephemeral publications first emerged during the Industrial Revolution... read more
about publications

artefacts and media

Design for a water-powered stamper: One of the earliest drawings of paper-making technology

Before architectural practice turned digital at the end of the twentieth century architects, and anyone else who wanted to leave a record... 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