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CCA Doctoral Students Program

Primary research is a critical component of all doctoral theses. The CCA offers several summer residencies—ranging from one to three months—to support PhD students in pursuing archival research based on our collection. While candidates apply with a clearly defined research topic that will benefit from exposure to the CCA Collection, we also see the doctoral program as an opportunity to introduce new voices into the research we do here. As part of the residency the CCA organizes a one week seminar—a topical “Toolkit for Today”—which provides scholars with new concepts, tools, and methods for their own research while also expanding on our current projects. Recent topics have included “The Digital,” “Keywords for the Environment,” and “Oral History.”

For PhD candidates enrolled in doctoral programs in history and theory of architecture, planning, humanities, communications and social sciences at Canadian universities, research grants are offered for up to three months.

We also welcome PhD candidates from within our network of affiliated American and international doctoral programs in the history and theory of architecture for residencies of 4 to 6 weeks. Participating American universities include Columbia University, New York; Cornell University, Ithaca; Harvard University GSD, Cambridge; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Princeton University, Princeton; IIT, Chicago; and UCLA, Los Angeles. International partners include the Architectural Association, London, UK; The Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK; Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal; TU Delft, Netherlands; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; and the University of Sydney, Australia.

In 2018, the CCA will for the first time offer residencies of 4 to 6 weeks for up to three PhD candidates enrolled in doctoral programs in the history and theory of architecture at non-affiliated universities.

PhD candidates from Canadian universities and those from non-affiliated universities worldwide must apply directly to the CCA. Applicants from affiliated universities must be nominated by their respective home institution. Applications and nominations occur in the winter and the final selection is made in the spring by the CCA and the coordinators of the respective doctoral programs. Research projects should relate either to the CCA Collection (archival holdings, prints and drawings, photography, library, artifacts and ephemera) or to our main research themes (e.g., the digital, photography, environmental histories, and history/historiography).

The CCA gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the TD Bank Group.

The 2018 call for applications is now closed. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified about the 2019 Doctoral Students Program.

2018 Doctoral Students

Alan Avorgbedor (Concordia University, Canada)

Hicham Awad (Harvard University, United States)

Luis Baptista (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Kevin Berry (University of Pennsylvania, United States)

Matthieu Caron (University of Toronto, Canada)

Erik Carver (Columbia University, United States)

Marianna Charitonidou (Université Paris Nanterre, France / National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

Megan Eardley (Princeton University, United States)

Samaa Elimam (Harvard Graduate School of Design, United States)

Curt Gambetta (Princeton University, United States)

Athanasiou Geolas (Cornell University, United States)

Carlo Mennon (The Bartlett, University of College London, United Kingdom)

Hugo D. Moline (University of Sydney, Australia)

Bushra Nayeem (University of Kansas, United States)

Laura O’Brien (McGill University, Canada)

Lukas Pauer (The Architectural Association, United Kingdom)

Summer Sutton (Yale University, United States)

Valeria Tellez Niemeyer (UQÀM, Canada)

Alfredo Thiermann (ETHZ, Switzerland)

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