The CVA/EHAI is a cultural institution of independent character which was born with a distinct inter-universitary and inter-disciplinary vocation . The objetives are to find, put in order, safeguard, study and protect a large but fragile architectural and urbanistic documental heritage, principally centered on the private files of architects. This heritage is compound of; designs, sketches, projects, scale models, photos, magazines and various publications The knowledge, study and diffusion of this rich documental compositive material, is one of the principal objectives of CVA/EHAI. We try to promote architectural debate and to make the complex world of architecture more accesible to the citizen who has interest in its understanding.

The CVA/EHAI is an institution belonging to ICAM (Intenational Confederation of Architectural Museums) which was created in 1994,when a group of teachers and doctoral students of Architecture (The University of The Basque Country Technical College of Architecture in San Sebasti·n, The University of Navarra. Technical College of Architecture in Pamplona), History (The University of The Basque Country The Faculty of Philology, Geography and History, The University of Deusto. Faculty of Philosophy and Leters), Fine Art (The University of The Basque Country Faculty of Fine Art in Leioa) largely coincided with the policy which the Department of Culture of the Basque Gouvernement was carrying out with respect to architectural heritage. Since then, both iniciatives, independent in the beginning, joined together and started working in common,collaborating in the creation of the Center of Architecture of the Basque Country, the first step towards the for development of the future Museum of Basque Architecture, approved by the Basque Parliament in 1994.

The CVA/EHAI which thanks to the collaboration of Diputación Foral of Alava, have always had the necessary infrastructures for the storage, cataloging, and study of its architectural documents. The CVA/EHAI carries out its work in a geographical area coincident with the demarcation of the Official Professional School of Architecture in the Basque Country and Navarra, centering its objetives as much on the work of architecture in this region, as on those from other regions and countries who have built in the provinces of Alava, Guipúzcoa, Navarra and Vizcaya.

The CVA/EHAI since its beginning had:
A place for the receipt and cataloging of architectural and urbanistic documents.
A place for analysis and study of these documents
A place for exhibition, diffusion and debate
These are the three fundamental characteristics which the
Architectural Museums have had from the beginning.

The CVA/EHAI is a study center which acts as an intermediary of
information and services between private owners and institutions
which have architectural documents, and those students, researchers or interested people who acces and distribute this information, with the necessary authorization by means of publications and computer science media. At the moment, priority is being given to both the CVA/EHAI, the emerging contemporary heritage, and the virtual Museum of Architecture.

The CVA/EHAI, faced with the ever-increasing number of private architectural archives found, and with the lack of existing space for their storage and treatment, has recently come to a legal agreement with the State Archives, about the protection and diffusion of this documental heritage.For this, the Historical Archive of Alava has given an important part of its modern installations and infrastructures, to develop the storage and conservation of this urbanistic and architectural documentation with full guarantees.