African Architecture Matters Collection
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African Architecture Matters Collection

  • African Architecture Matters (archive creator)
  • Coen Beeker (archive creator)
  • Kiran Mukerji (archive creator)
  • Georg Lippsmeier (archive creator)


Extent and medium:
  • 3.68 l.m. of textual records
    4200 photographic materials (predominantly slides)
    Approximately 3140 publications
    124 postcards
    60 maps
    4 video recordings
Scope and content:
The African Architecture Matters Collection consists of three library collections that were compiled into one collection by African Architecture Matters between 2010 and 2014; the Coen Beeker Collection; the Georg Lippsmeier Collection; and the Kiran Mukerji Collection. All three collections contain publications on architecture in Africa and in tropical climates. Coen Beeker, Georg Lippsmeier and Kiran Mukerji created these collections in the context of their research or urban planning projects in developing countries. The collections comprise a mix of published and unpublished materials. During the processing of the collection, published and unpublished materials were separated to facilitate access via CCA’s online catalog. The collection guide describes the entirety of the collection while also providing a guide for the unpublished material.

The Coen Beeker collection contains mostly unpublished material, such as reports, correspondence, maps and aerial photographs related to Beeker’s work as a consultant for urban planning in Burkina Faso. There are some publications, predominantly related to urban development in Africa, which Beeker used as reference for his work in Burkina Faso. These publications can be found and requested for consultation accessed on the CCA website using the search term “Coen Beeker Collection”.

The Georg Lippsmeier Collection contains publications on architecture and building design and construction in tropical areas. The publications can be found and requested for consultation on the CCA website using the search term “Georg Lippsmeier Collection”. The collection also contains some unpublished materials such as photocopies of portions of publications on architecture in tropical regions and maps. The Lippsmeier’s material also includes a substantial collection of slides that visually document buildings in tropical climates, especially hospitals and health facilities.

The Kiran Mukerji collection contains Mukerji’s research material on building and design technologies for affordable housing, which consists mostly of publications. The publications can be found and requested for consultation on the CCA website using the search term “Kiran Mukerji Collection”. The unpublished material of the Mukerji Collection consists chiefly of photocopies of articles regarding building materials. The Mukerji Collection also includes a collection of slides of buildings in tropical climates.
The African Architecture Matters Collection is divided in three sub-series. Each sub-series represents one of the three research collections:Coen Beeker; Georg Lippsmeier; and Kiran Mukerji. Publications are managed separately by the CCA Library. Researchers can find these publication on the CCA website using the search term "African Architecture Matters Collections" or individually: Coen Beeker Collection, Georg Lippsmeier Collection, and Kiran Mukerji Collection.
Administrative history:

The African Architecture Matters is a non-profit organization founded in the 1980s and based in the Netherlands. Also known as AAMatters, the organization‘s mission is to research and facilitate the spread of knowledge about architecture and urbanism in Africa through conferences and lectures. The AAMatters works in close connection with the ArchiAfrika, an independent network of international professionals in the field of architecture and urban planning that is involved in the development of sustainable and affordable building design in Africa. ArchiAfrika was co-founded by the directors of African Architecture Matters, Antoni Folker and Berend van der Lens in 2001. In the 2000s, the urban planner Coen Beeker, the architect Georg Lippsmeier, and the architect Kiran Mukerji donated their research collections to the AAMatters in order to give access to their research material on African architecture and urbanism.

Conditions governing access:
  • Open for use by qualified researchers. Access by appointment only.
Conditions governing reproduction:
  • For copyright information or permission to reproduce material from the fonds, please contact the CCA (reproductions@cca.qc.ca).
Custodial history:
  • The African Architecture Matters Collection was acquired by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in March 2016 and transferred to CCA within the same year.
Archivist's note:
  • The collection materials were processed and described by archivist Catherine Jacob in fall 2017. The collection guide was created in collaboration with library cataloguer Devon Lemire who catalogued the publications from the African Architecture Matters Collection.
Credit line:
When citing the collection as a whole, use the following citation:

African Architecture Matters Collection
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
Gift of African Architecture Matters

When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
Language of material:
  • English Dutch French German

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