We think of ourselves as a research institution, concerned not only with building new knowledge but also with making that knowledge productive for others. In order to address contemporary problems and themes, we have found that we need to adopt new ways of investigating that combine the different cultures, practices, and perspectives emerging from architectural practice, curatorial and publishing practice, and academic study.
We define topics of research that relate architecture to contemporary public concerns. To expand on these lines of inquiry, we invite both scholars and practitioners to approach our collection in different ways, and we invite academics from a variety of disciplines to share their methods with us. We also host other researchers, who come to us from institutions around the world, to develop their own projects; these are interesting to us because they contribute to our understanding of architecture’s cultural role relative to larger social issues.
These are a few of our strategies for finding new perspectives from which we might consider the cultural, social, economic, technological, political, and environmental changes we’ve been observing.
Perhaps you might like to do research here too. Please take a look at the programs we offer.
The Visiting Scholars Program, for research at postdoctoral and advanced academic levels, but also for experienced practitioners and cultural producers.
The Doctoral Students Program, for PhD students enrolled in doctoral programs in the history and theory of architecture and related fields at Canadian and selected US-American, European, and Australian universities.
The Master’s Students Program, for Master’s students graduating from schools of architecture, planning, urban design, and landscape architecture in Canada.
For inquiries on the application process and eligibility, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CCA has received generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities initiative to support various research programs. Previously, Mellon Senior Fellows came to the CCA to develop and present their research. And recently, Mellon Researchers—at doctoral, postdoctoral and more advanced academic levels, as well as experienced practitioners and cultural producers—come to the CCA to work on multidisciplinary research programs. These projects, which are directed by the CCA, explore clearly defined lines of inquiry such as:
Architecture and/for Society – British Culture for Architecture (2014/2015)
Architecture and/for Photography – untitled (2016/2017)
Architecture and/for the Environment – untitled (2017/2018)