We see our collection as a repository of ideas, provocations, inspirations, and trials and errors. Made up of both archival holdings and the output of our activities, our collection is both a base of materials for research and a body against which new readings and contexts are tested.

Our collection documents the culture and production of architecture worldwide from the Renaissance through the present day. It is made up of five interrelated bodies of primary and secondary materials: archival holdings; prints and drawings; photography; artefacts and printed ephemera, audiovisual and digital materials; and library collections.

Born-digital material has become an important focus of our collecting and preservation work as we increasingly acquire projects and/or archives from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, when digital tools were shaping both the theorization and production of architecture. Documentation on our processing manual for born-digital material and our access interface tool can be found on our github account.

If you are searching for a specific author, work, or keyword, please use our search tool. To learn more about our archival collection, please consult our finding aids. If you would like to consult objects in Montréal or request a reproduction or a loan, please check our collection access and use FAQ.

Filippo Romano, photograph from the artist’s book Uncollected at CCA, PH2015:005:045, Canadian Centre for Architecture, gift of the artist.


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