1920,rue Baile
Quebec H3H 2S6
Phone: 514 939 7026

Canadian Centre For Architecture

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) was founded in 1979 as a new form of cultural institution to build public awareness of the role of architecture in society, promote scholarly research in the field, and stimulate innovation in design practice.
The CCA is an international research centre and museum founded on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive collections, the CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on the art of architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.
Exhibitions and Public and Educational Programs forge links between architectural thinking and practice, the history of ideas, and changing social and cultural conditions. Programs are both local and international in scope. They interpret architectural ideas to the wider public at all age-levels as well as to architects and scholars, aiming to reveal the richness of architectural and urban culture and to stimulate dynamic engagement with contemporary issues and debates.

Permanent Collection

Today the CCA Collection, comprising works dating from the Renaissance to the present day, documents the culture of architecture throughout the world – past, present, and future. It provides evidence in depth of cultural and intellectual circles of the past, points to the future of architectural thinking and practice, and reveals the changing character of thought and observation pertaining to architecture. Unparalleled in scope, the Prints & Drawings, Photographs, Archives, and Library comprise of dynamically interrelated bodies of primary and secondary materials that advance thinking about the nature of the built domain and the ideas that underlie it.
The CCA Garden restores the urban fabric of an area deeply scarred by mid-20th-century highway engineering. Initiated as part of the Québec government's program for the integration of art and architecture into the landscape, the garden faces the CCA from the south side of boulevard René-Lévesque. This site was granted to the CCA by the City of Montréal in 1986, and the design by Montréal artist-architect Melvin Charney integrates sculpture and public space with remarkable results. At once a garden in the city and a museum in the open air, it evokes the richly diverse history of landscape design and initiates a dialogue between nature, architecture, and the urban fabric. The garden is laid out as a series of narrative episodes – Orchard, Meadow, Arcade (mirror of the Shaughnessy House), Esplanade, Belvedere, and Allegorical Columns – each of which relates to the wider history of architecture as well as to the city that surrounds the site.
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Adults $10
Seniors (65 and over) $7
Students $5
Children aged 6 to 12 $3
Free admission for Friends of the CCA, visitors with limited mobility, and children age 5 and under.
Free admission to all on Thursdays after 5.30pm

Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Thursday, 10 am to 9 pm

Getting there

By metro: to Guy-Concordia, Saint-Mathieu exit
By bus: number 150 to Boulevard René Lévesque or number 15 to rue Saint Catherine


The Study Centre was inaugurated in 1997 as an international institute devoted to research in all aspects of architectural thought and practice. Through its Visiting Scholars Program, seminars, and colloquia, the Study Centre supports individual research efforts and advances broad new lines of discourse and investigation. Linking advanced research with public engagement in architecture, the CCA encourages scholars to pursue projects in the spirit of a broadly connective inquiry that cuts across time, space, and media.
The Library of the CCA is an international research collection devoted to the history of architecture and the built environment. It comprises nearly 215,000 volumes with emphasis on rare books and special collections relating to the history of architectural theory, practice, and publishing from the fifteenth century to the present. It holds, in addition, over 4,875 serial titles (ca. 700 current subscriptions) and a variety of special materials.
Specializing in current titles on contemporary architectural practice, architectural history and theory, city planning, landscape and garden history, photography, graphic design and typography, historic preservation, and design from around the world, the CCA Bookstore carries scholarly and professional works as well as publications of more general interest.

The CCA is fully accessible to disabled visitors.

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Public and Educational Programs at the CCA seek to provoke discussion and debate, and to engage the public actively in issues relating to the role of architecture in society.
Guided tours operate regularly and are included in individual admission charges. Duration 1 hour.


Group tours for 12 or more visitors can be arranged to meet a range of specific requirements and interests.

For information and reservations please contact 514 939 7002