CCA Doctoral Students Program

The call for applications is currently closed.

Primary research is a critical component of all doctoral theses. The CCA offers several summer residencies—ranging from four to six weeks—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,” “Oral History,” and “Activisms.”

We welcome PhD candidates in history and theory of architecture, planning, humanities, communications and social sciences at Canadian universities and from within our network of affiliated American and international doctoral programs. 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.

Since 2018, the CCA offers residencies 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 late winter and the final selection is made in early 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. global histories and postcolonial perspectives, environmental histories, the digital, photography, and history/historiography).

2019 Doctoral Students

Endriana Audisho
University of Technology Sydney, Australia
“The Media War in Architecture: Reporting on 1990s Architectural Education and Practice”

Elijah Borrero
McGill University, Canada
“Cold War Collaborations: Architects and Militaries in the 1950s”

Paul Bouet
École nationale supérieure d’Architecture, Marne-la-Vallée, France
“Domestiquer le soleil, 1968-1982. Transferts technologiques et théoriques entre Afrique du Nord, France et Amérique du Nord”

Matthew Critchley
ETH Zürich, Switzerland
“Outlier or Heir? Dissecting Frampton within the methods of British architectural history 1934-1965”

Serena Dambrosio
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
“TABULA RASA: an ‘ecology’ of fundamentals”

Valentina Davila
McGill University, Canada
“Women in the Home Front: Venezuelan Domestic Workers and the Appropriation of Architecture”

Hannah Feniak
New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, United States
“An Elegy to Brick: Rationalizing Modernism at the Casa Sindical”

Jia Yi Gu
University of California Los Angeles, United States
“Anachronistic Models: Shaping, Testing, and Experiencing in ES&A’s Midcentury Practice”

Thomas Shay Hill
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, United States
“’Smart Cities’ and Urban Irrationality: Smart technologies in the boom-bust cycle”

Jordan Kinder
University of Alberta, Canada
“The Extractivist Archive: Mapping the Canadian Extractive State Apparatus”

Maura Lucking
University of California Los Angeles, United States
“Crafting the Other American: Architecture, Landscape and Cultural Pluralism in Industrial Education, 1874-1931”

Sol Perez Martinez
The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, United Kingdom
“Centres for civic engagement in architecture and urban change, from the Outlook Tower to CCA”

Michael Moynihan
Cornell University, United States
“Systems of National Development: a history of housing, cybernetics, and self-organization”

Ivan L. Munuera
Princeton University, United States
“PlasmaRegime: The HemoGeography of HIV/AIDS”

Ana Gisele Ozaki
Cornell University, United States
“’Black Atlantic’ Networks: Tropicalism in the Architecture of the Afro-Latin Atlantic world”

Christina Shivers
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, United States / États-Unis
“Inventorying Nature: The Development of Techno-Scientific Expertise in Urban Planning and Design, 1945-1989”


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