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Emerging Curator Program

Aiming to continuously rethink and re-examine the scope and the boundaries of “curating architecture,” the CCA solicits ideas for projects that take innovative curatorial approaches and experimental formats.

The Emerging Curator Program offers the opportunity to propose and curate a project at the CCA related to contemporary debates in architecture, urban issues, landscape design, and cultural and social dynamics. The project is to be developed during a residency of three months at the CCA.

The CCA encourages a wide range of proposals for curatorial projects with a broad scope. Proposals must bring an innovative curatorial model to the contemporary discourse on architecture. The CCA seeks proposals that use the curatorial project as a tool to foster ideas, to question relevant positions, to introduce new research themes, and to critique current modalities, with the ultimate goal of advancing new thinking for architecture and the built environment. Particular attention will be given to projects that intend to locate the discourse of architecture within a broader context across disciplines and practices.

The output of the proposal may follow many trajectories, and the result may be as varied as an editorial project, a program of seminars and research colloquiums, a series of public events or workshops, the production of visual content to be explored through the web and social media, or a physical or virtual exhibition. Interdisciplinary and collaborative practices are encouraged.

The selected candidate will become acquainted with the CCA’s institutional knowledge and vision, explore the institution’s resources and the collection holdings, and apply her/his curatorial direction to develop the proposed project. The CCA will provide guidance towards the project’s realization in accordance with the curatorial direction of the institution.

The application period is now closed. A new call will be announced in December 2017.

For more information, please write to curatorialopportunities@cca.qc.ca.

Recipients

2017–2018
Robert J. Kett, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
In the 1960s and 1970s, architecture embraced “anonymous” building and simultaneously turned toward systems and the digital. “Architecture Needs Indians: Design’s Technoprimitive Turn” revisits key architectural engagements with the indigenous peoples of the Americas to examine their role in articulating architecture’s relation to an emergent technoscape, a process with important implications for contemporary debates concerning cultural appropriation, architectural method, and the digital.

2016–2017
Evangelos Kotsioris, Princeton University School of Architecture, Princeton, USA
“Architecture in the Laboratory” investigates the emergence of the term “lab” as a recurring and productive allegory for architectural research. The project re-evaluates the notion of the laboratory as a locus for the construction of design intelligence in order to reimagine alternative models of architectural inquiry that have yet to be invented.

2015–2016
Víctor Muñoz Sanz, ETSAM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Project: “Off:Re:On-Shore,” a symposium about on-shoring—that is, architecture, urbanism, landscape, and infrastructure as tangible and enduring ways to empower and improve the living standards of workers and communities in emerging markets.

2013–2014
Francesco Garutti, Politecnico di Milano, School of Architecture and Society, Italy
The project “Talking about Devious Design,” which resulted in a film and a digital publication, takes as its point of departure the controversial history of the design of some overpasses commissioned by the American public administrator Robert Moses in Long Island at the end of the 1920s. This narration becomes a tool to activate a discussion on the relation between material form and social content.

2012–2013
Carrie Smith, University of California, Oakland, USA
The houseplant arrived indoors around 150 years ago and quickly became a familiar element in the interior. “Best Supporting Actor” challenges this passive role of indoor plants via a series of photographically documented interventions in the spaces of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

2011–2012
Dan Handel, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
The exhibition First, the Forests examines some unexplored relationships between forestry, planning and design. The project proposes an expanded understanding of the connections between natural resources, production processes, and designed form.

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