Public programs

Our public programs are platforms that can change the way the built environment is conceived of, produced, and understood. For each of our projects, we organize talks and seminars to multiply the number of viewpoints that we can make sense of and explore together, while our workshops and tours introduce what we are thinking and doing in order to initiate discussions and share insights.

We welcome all kinds of groups for guided tours. These visits include an introduction to the CCA’s ideas and approaches, as well as walks through the exhibitions on view. For groups of less than thirty people, tours should be reserved three weeks in advance, but larger groups should please contact us even sooner. The fee is $5 per person and includes admission.

We also create programs and workshops that link to school curricula for young public from ages five to eighteen. These programs question traditional definitions of architecture and include subjects like politics, resource distribution and social changes.

Currently, we offer the following programs: ABCs of Architecture, Get It Out of Your House! and Disco, tomorrow?.

We offer open sessions for university and college groups interested in holding classes, seminars, and/or conversations around a selection of materials from our collection.

From February to April 2024, we are offering a ten-week series of spatial workshops, Diverse Pasts and Near Futures. These free weekly two-hour workshops, with Vanessa Owusu-Piameng, invite teens to delve into the world of architecture designed for (and by) communities.

In spring 2023, we extended our programming with co-created Community Workshops by and for Indigenous and Black youth: Slow Mo Storytelling (not currently available) and My Block.

From July 2023 to December 2023, in collaboration with multidisciplinary performance artist Ange Loft, of Kahnawà:ke Kanien’kehá:ka Territory, we offered the workshop Carrying Patterns: Making Visible an Iroquoian Montréal.

We are extending the current exhibition The Lives of Documents - Photography as Project with a series of public programs.

Please note that we are taking extra care to ensure your safety and that of our staff, which is why we recommend wearing a mask for our public events and group activities. Please contact us at for more information and to discuss how we can welcome your group. Check our calendar to remain up to date on upcoming in person and virtual events, and see our timeline for our past events.

Filippo Romano, photograph from the artist’s book Uncollected at CCA, PH2015:005:046, Canadian Centre for Architecture, gift of the artist.


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