Canadian Centre for Architecture
(Centre Canadien d\'Architecture)

Anyone with an interest in architecture and design will want to add the CCA in Montreal to their must see list

Inside the Canadian Centre for Architecture
Inside the Canadian Centre for Architecture cc licensed photo by goatling

The Canadian Centre for Architecture is an international research centre and museum, founded in 1979 by Francis Lamber. He was convinced that architecture should be a public concern and aimed to raise public awareness of the role architecture plays in society as well as to promote research and stimulate innovation in this field.

The Centre is home to one of the world's biggest research collections in the field of architecture. There are various publications, conceptual studies, drawings and plans, pictures and models and other artefacts. The works cover everything from the Renaissance to the present day.

The building which houses the Canadian Centre for architecture was designed by Peter Rose in collaboration with consulting architect, Phyllis Rose, and associate architect, Erol Argun. It was integrated with the Shaughnessy House designed by William T. Thomas - a historic mansion that came close to being demolished for road development, before being purchased and restored. The entire complex covers 130 000 square feet, including the 20 000 square foot Shaughnessy House.

The gardens are a work of restoration of an area which was deeply scarred by highway engineering in the 20th century. They were designed by Melvin Charney during the Quebec governments bid to combine art and architecture and laid out in a series of narratives which speak of the history of architecture and the city.

The Centre also offers a range of education programs and hosts various architecture related events, the full details of which can be found on their website. A variety of exhibitions run during the year. They feature items such as the H-Block building of the Maze Prison in Northern Island and Casablanca Chandigarh, an exhibition suggestive of histiography of two major urban experiments which took place in the Global South. Each exhibit is curated by a different group of architects.

The centre is wheelchair friendly and there is limited parking available. There are also various tours on offer for those who wish to be guided through the different departments and exhibits.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - Please see the website for the full admission costs schedule. Students and children are permitted free entrance. Also free admission on Thursdays after 5:30pm.

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 1920 Rue Baile, Montréal, QC H3H 2S6, Canada

Phone: (514) 939-7026

Official Website: Canadian Centre for Architecture (Centre Canadien d'Architecture)


Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 - GreenGuy-Concordia7 minutes
Line 2 - OrangeStation Georges-Vanier5 minutes

How to get to Canadian Centre for Architecture (Centre Canadien d'Architecture) by Metro

By Metro: Take Metro Line 1 to Guy-Concordia and exit onto Rue Saint-Mathieu. Walk southeast to Baile Street and go right following it to the entrance or take Metro Line 2 to Georges-Vanier; exit and cross the street to the expressway underpass and follow the sidewalk through the underpass to the other side. When you come out of the underpass the CCA is immediately to your right.

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Rated 4.2 out of 5Canadian Centre for Architecture Star Rating

4 Star Rating Pretty cool expositions. Some material is presented in a very esoteric and academic way that makes it less accessible, which is a shame because there is some really cool and interesting stories being told.

Warwick Walton - 19 days ago

4 Star Rating Architecture and technology are a growing trend towards smarter buildings integrating electrical appliances, lighting, sound, heating, videos, cameras, automation via computers. Coincidentally, Alessandro Poli's works were on display 'Scripts for a New World' which included 'SuperSurface' a concept of an energy grid integrated with information and communication, which probably led to the development of the information highway known as the internet! He probably was a pioneer for its conceptualization. Now smart homes and buildings are being designed with everything controlled by computer automation so that all electrical technology are easily controlled centrally and on their own routine. 'Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths' also has an exhibition. The building was large and spacious with other works and a few miniature models, plus a library. They also have talks sometimes. Possibly, artitechture wherein art free forms can break the rigidity of architecture might become another option with technology integrated for automation and control. Maybe like other museums and galleries, they should add a restaurant cafe inside so visitors can stay longer.

io media - 22 days ago

3 Star Rating Interesting museum with excellent bookstore. Though the building is large, the exhibitions are relatively small. The twinned Victorian houses attached to the rest are beautiful, but don't have original furnishings.

Stavros Macrakis - 1 month ago

2 Star Rating Really not worth the time or money to visit. As an interior architect myself, this museum didn’t offer much more than some contemporary art museum type pieces. Was really hoping for more insight even into the history of the architecture of Montreal or something. Would definitely not recommend others to go. Only good part is the bookstore that offers a wide range of architecture and design related books.

Christina Chang - 3 months ago

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