The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is pleased to launch the 2017 edition of its Visiting Scholar Program. The program welcomes applications from architects, urban planners, landscape architects and other professionals active in critical practices related to the built environment, as well as scholars with varying levels of experience who are carrying out research on architecture from any disciplinary perspective.

The Canadian Centre for Architecture is an international research centre and museum operating from a fundamental conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive Collection and public programs, the CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding and widening thought and debate about architecture, its history, theory and practice, and its role in contemporary society.

The CCA emphasizes certain research themes that are particularly relevant to the current discourse on the built environment. In its desire to strengthen a research-oriented collection, the CCA continues to acquire archival material, including born-digital projects. Of particular note among the CCA’s current initiatives are investigations into the impact of digital processes on the evolution of architectural planning and theory, and into the changing role of photography in architecture. These latest lines of research shape ongoing curatorial, scholarly and public activities and proceed alongside the CCA’s other established directions for research.

The CCA’s Visiting Scholar Program supports innovative, advanced research from a broad interdisciplinary perspective on the history, theory and criticism of architecture and design. In recent years, the CCA has worked with scholars and professionals whose fields range from literature, anthropology and philosophy to urban planning, landscape design and emerging digital technology in architecture.

Among other possible topics, the Visiting Scholar Program welcomes research proposals in areas that engage with the relationship between contemporary design theory, digital processes in architecture and current social, cultural and political issues. Projects that explore changes in professional practices and the development of new media technologies are particularly encouraged. The program also welcomes research projects that explore specific archives in depth, make use of the CCA Collection as a primary source and build a critical analysis of themes present in the photographic collection. No specific chronological or thematic restrictions apply. Proposals may also interpret history in the most comprehensive sense, as a catalogue of ideas, events and actions.

Visiting Scholars are asked to integrate their individual research projects into current initiatives at the CCA. They are requested to present their research in progress in a public lecture, participate in seminar activities and conferences organized during their residency and contribute written content to be published on the website. The aim of the program is to nurture intellectual exchange within the CCA and among the scholarly community in Montreal and internationally.

Image credit: Clara Gutsche, photographer. Alcan Wing of the Canadian Centre for Architecture under construction, Montréal. 19 March 1988. Gelatin silver print. 26.2 × 33.0 cm. PH1988:0407. CCA Collection. © Clara Gutsche/SODRAC (2015)


Applicants must submit a research proposal that takes into consideration the purpose of the program and the goals of the CCA. The CCA strongly encourages those applicants whose research projects involve consulting recent acquisitions to confirm the availability of these materials before submitting a proposal. Please contact the CCA by email at

Appointments will be made through an open application and a selection process conducted by an international jury. Criteria for selection are the originality of the project, its significance for the major lines of research fostered by the CCA, its feasibility in relation to CCA resources and the candidate’s intellectual contribution to the relevant field. Residencies will be granted for periods of two months (Spring–Summer 2017), to be determined in accordance with the CCA. Visiting Scholars will receive competitive research stipends, financial support to cover travel costs, logistical help with relocation, a workspace at the CCA and administrative aid as needed.

Members of the international jury include Phyllis Lambert, Mirko Zardini and Giovanna Borasi (CCA); Guido Beltramini (Palladio Museum, Vicenza); Monica Ponce de Leon (Princeton University); and Philip Urspung (ETH Zurich).


Applicants should provide evidence of significant scholarly or professional achievements, such as published writing, grants received and projects realized. Residencies are awarded without regard to race, colour, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability


Applications are now closed. The CCA will notify applicants of their status in late Spring 2016.

Visiting Scholars

The Study Centre’s Consultative Committee, composed of Guido Beltramini, Brigitte Shim, Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Philip Ursprung (external members), Phyllis Lambert, Mirko Zardini, Giovanna Borasi and Maristella Casciato (internal members), reviewed thirty-five proposals from fifteen different countries and awarded fellowships to the following scholars:

  • Olumuyiwa Adegun, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Topic: Informal Urban Housing: from 19th century Europe to 21st century Africa
  • Susanne Bauer, The London Consortium, London, United Kingdom / Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Brazil

    Topic: Investigations Into Case: Peter Eisenman’s Dress Rehearsal For The Institute Of Architecture And Urban Studies
  • Farhan Karim, University of Kansas, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, Lawrence, United States

    Topic: Building Empathy: Western Architects and Low-Cost Architecture in India
  • Katherine L. McDonough, Bates College, Lewiston, United States

    Topic: Constructing a Province: Roads and Politics in Western France, 1675-1815
  • Cara Rachele, Morgan Library, New York, United States

    Topic: Designing the Architect: The Function of the Drawing in Renaissance Architecture