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 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 emerging scholars with new concepts, tools, and methods for their own research while also expanding on our current projects. Recent topics have included In the Planetary Field, Archival Absencing, Activisms, and Keywords for the Environment. The Doctoral Research Residency Program 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.

Application requirements

We particularly welcome applications from PhD candidates in the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, and urban planning. Due to COVID-19 restrictions that may affect travel as well as day-to-day operations, we can only accept for the summer of 2021 applications from within our international network of affiliated doctoral programs (see below for full list and here for application details), as well as PhD candidates from Canadian universities (see here for full details on the application process). The deadline to apply is March 26 2021, at 5 pm EDT.

We are very hopeful to be able to offer the program to PhD candidates at non-affiliated universities worldwide in the summer of 2022, and encourage students to send their research queries to our Reference team at ref@cca.qc.ca.

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.

Applicants from affiliated universities must be nominated by their respective home institution. Applications and nominations occur in February and the final selection is made in March by the CCA and the coordinators of the respective doctoral programs. The CCA informs selected affiliated and Canadian participants in early April. 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).

We strongly encourage doctoral researchers whose projects will be based on recent acquisitions to check and confirm availability with ref@cca.qc.ca before submitting their project proposals.

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
Hong Kong University, 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
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 2020

Émelie Desrochers-Turgeon
Carleton University, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism “Archived Grounds Stories – Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Arthur Erickson shaping terrain in Vancouver”

Aurélie Dupuis
École Fédérale Polytechnique de Lausanne, Faculté de l’environnement, architectural et construit
“Hejduk’s Masques remain: drawing, urban performativity and the virtual”

Paula Florez
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, School of Architecture
“Model Interiors: dialogues between Home Economics and Architecture”

Robin Hartanto Honggare
Columbia University, GSAPP
“Architectures of the Colonial Plantations in the Dutch East Indies, 1830-1942”

Hanan Kataw
Harvard University, GSD
“Discourse Practices: The making of the Digital Discourse in Architecture, 1993-2013”

Eliyahu Keller
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art program
“Drawing Apocalypse: Architectural Imagination in the Nuclear Age”

Alex Maymind
University of California, Los Angeles, Architecture and Urban Design
“Instutionalizing Knowledge and Knowledge Games: The Institute of Architecture & Urban Studies: 1967-84”

Magdalena Milosz
McGill University, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture
“Settlement’s Secret: Indigenous Space and Settler-Colonial Architectural Archives”

Jessica Ngan
Princeton University, School of Architecture
“A Mule Walks Into an Architect’s Office: environmental crisis and agricultural technologies in architecture, 1964-1978”

Savia Palate
University of Cambridge, Department of Architecture
“Towards a flexible domesticity: The boundary between architectural freedom and state-led standards in Western Europe, 1950s-1960s”

Jonatan Palmblad
Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, Rachel Carson Center
“Technics and the Environment: Lewis Mumford and the Ecology of the Thousand-Legged Machine”

Ecem Sariçayir
Cornell University, Department of Architecture “Designing the Periphery, Reading the Margins: Soviet Architectural Projects in Non-Russian Union Republics”

Ensar Temizel
Middle East Technical University, Graduate Program in Architectural History
“Revisiting Pask and Price: A Comparative Study on the Conceptualization of Human-Machine Relationship in Fun Palace and Japan Net Projects”

Mechelle Tian
Hong Kong University, Faculty of Architecture
“Boat and Invisible Sands: uncovering a floating world of Pearl River Estuary”

Gerlinde Verhaeghe
ETH Zurich, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (GTA) “The Playful Cabinet: Role-play and self-representation in Mollino’s cabinet interiors”

Angela Wheeler
Harvard University, GSD
“Trial and Era: Preserving Urban Heritage Across the Iron Curtain, 1953-1990”

Katerina Zacharopoulou
University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture
“Designing for amusement: From the intention to the interpretation of humour in Post-Modern architectural works”

Haohao Zhu
Southeast University, Nanjing, School of Architecture
“Theory and Practice of “Bigness” in Contemporary Urban Architecture:Taking Rem Koolhaas as the Clue”

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