Doctoral Research Residency Program

Primary research is a critical component of all doctoral theses. The CCA offers summer residencies—ranging from four to six weeks—to support PhD candidates in pursuing archival research based on our Collection. While candidates apply with a clearly defined research topic that will benefit from engagement with the CCA Collection, we also see the Doctoral Research Residency Program (DRRP) 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 emerging scholars with new concepts, tools, and methods for their own research while also expanding on our current projects. Recent topics have included Legalities for Living, In the Planetary Field, Archival Absencing, Activisms, and Keywords for the Environment. The DRRP seeks to balance out time for writing, research, and reflection, with a pedagogical program that introduces new questions, methods, and objects to the group of doctoral candidates.


We accept applications from within our international network of affiliated doctoral programs (see below for full list of affiliated universities), as well as PhD candidates from Canadian universities and from non-affiliated universities worldwide.

We particularly welcome applications from PhD candidates in the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, and urban planning. While the majority of participants are architectural historians and theorists, we also invite applications from doctoral candidates in media and communication studies, Indigenous studies, science and technology studies, and environmental studies, while being open to any disciplinary affiliations.

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. global histories and postcolonial perspectives, environmental histories, the digital, photography, and history/historiography).

Application requirements

Click here for full details on the application process for PhD candidates from within our international network (see below for full list of network).
Click here for full details on the application process for PhD candidates from Canadian universities.
Click here for full details on the application process for PhD candidates from non-Canadian and non-affiliated universities.

We strongly encourage doctoral researchers whose projects will be based on recent acquisitions to check and confirm availability with our Reference team at before submitting their project proposals.

The deadline to apply is 21 March 2022, at 11:59pm EDT.

Our international network of affiliated institutions and programs includes:

Architectural Association School of Architecture
The Bartlett School of Architecture
Brown University, Department of the History of Art and Architecture
University of California, Los Angeles, Architecture and Urban Design
Universidade de Coimbra, Department of Architecture
Columbia University, GSAPP
Cornell University, Department of Architecture
TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
ETH Zurich, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (GTA)
Harvard University, GSD
The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture
Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art program
Middle East Technical University, Graduate Program in Architectural History
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Architecture
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, School of Architecture
Princeton University, School of Architecture
Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, Rachel Carson Center
Southeast University, Nanjing, School of Architecture
University of Sydney, School of Architecture

We have recently hosted doctoral students from Canadian and non-affiliated institutions and programs including:

University of Alberta, Department of English and Film Studies
University of Cambridge, Department of Architecture
Carleton University, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism
Concordia University, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture
Concordia University, Department of Art History
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Architecture et sciences de la ville
Harvard University, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
University of Kansas, School of Architecture and Design
McGill University, Department of Art History and Communication Studies
McGill University, Faculty of Law
McGill University, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture
Université de Montréal, Faculté de l’aménagement
Université du Québec à Montréal, Faculté des arts
New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
Université Paris-Est, École nationale supérieure d’architecture de la ville & des territoires à Marne-la-Vallée
Université Paris Nanterre, Lettres, langues, et spectacles
University of Technology Sydney, School of Architecture

DRRP 2021

Tairan An
Princeton University, School of Architecture
Anomalies, Anachronisms, and Other Instabilities of Nineteenth-century Italy

Emilie Banville
Université du Québec à Montréal, Faculté des arts
Of Agency and Adjacency: Interpretive Sustainability in the Archive

Jana Berankova
Columbia University, GSAPP
Productive Misunderstanding? French Philosophy and Theory of Architecture 1960-2000

Samuel Dubois
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art
Revealing the Agency of Québec’s Polyvalente Schools

Caroline Filice Smith
Harvard University, GSD
Planning the New Left: radical designers, democratic social engineering, and the making of ‘the community’ as a scale of (anti)insurgent planning intervention, 1930-1980

Pinar Kutluay
Middle East Technical University, History of Architecture
Translators of Ruins: Johann Joachim Winckelmann and Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Vitório Leite
Universidade de Coimbra, Architecture
Beyond the enlightenment: architecture as an operation of critical proximity

Dijana Omeragić Apostolski
McGill University, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture
Constructing Magnanimity: Architecture and Whiteness on the Early Modern Italian Peninsula, 1452-1616

Eliza Pertigkiozoglou
McGill University, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture
Found in Translation: Digital Files as Archeological Artifacts of Collaborative Practices

Shivani Shedde
Princeton University, History and Theory of Architecture
A Third Way: Architectures of Dissent in the Afro-Asian Solidarity Project

Amir Taheri
University of Sydney, Architecture, Design and Planning Revisiting the House Series through diagrams: Looking at the diagrams, diagrams look back!

Merve Cigdem Talu
McGill University, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture
Archives have feelings too: Emotions and urban guidebooks in nineteenth-century London


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