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 Carbon Present, 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.

Guidelines

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

Click here for full details on the application process for PhD candidates from within our international network (see below for full list of network).
Deadline to submit applications: 10 February 2023

Click here for full details on the application process for PhD candidates from Canadian universities.
Deadline to submit applications: 5 February 2023

Click here for full details on the application process for PhD candidates from non-Canadian and non-affiliated universities.
Deadline to submit applications: 5 February 2023

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

The results of the selection process will be communicated in March 2023.

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, Department 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
Universität der Künste Berlin, Institute for Architecture and Urban Planning, Chair for Digital and Experimental Design
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
Harvard University, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
University of Kansas, School of Architecture and Design
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Architecture et sciences de la ville
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
Technische Universität München, Chair of History of Architecture and Curatorial Practice
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 Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
University of Technology Sydney, School of Architecture

2022 Doctoral Research Residency Program

Ariele Dionne-Krosnick
McGill University, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture
“Swimming Studies: Pool Segregation in the United States (1950-70)”

Asya Ece Uzmay
Cornell University, Department of Architecture
“Making, Telling and Exhibiting Hygiene: Architectures of the New Standards of Hygiene in World Expos and International Hygiene Exhibitions”

Christian Alex Saavedra Martinez
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, School of Architecture
“‘From Devil´s Toy to Olympic grounds’: Skateboarding Montreal´s public space, 1966 – 2019”

Clara Pollak
Technische Universität München, Chair of History of Architecture and Curatorial Practice
“Exhibiting CIAM – An in-depth study of Wells Coates, Mart Stam and Hazen Sise”

Demetra Vogiatzaki
Harvard University, GSD
“Constructing the Enlightenment Dream: Pragmatism and Imagination in Jacques-Guillaume Legrand’s Songe de Poliphile (1804)”

Elliott Sturtevant
Columbia University, GSAPP
“‘Nature’s Storehouse is Man’s Benefactor’: Abundance, Corporatism, and Hydropower along the Niagara Frontier”

George Jepson
Architectural Association School of Architecture
“Photography, Typology, and Empire: The Logistics of Domestic Production and Colonial Extraction, Manchester 1850-1915”

Hamish Lonergan
ETH Zurich, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (GTA)
“Tacit (Re)Turns: Encounters in architectural education, 1970s and 2020s”

Iva Resetar
Berlin University of the Arts, Institute for Architecture and Urban Planning, Chair for Digital and Experimental Design
“Heat Flows and Phase Transitions as Forms of Environmental Maintenance”

Maria Rius Ruiz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Future Urban Collectives Lab
“‘Inhabited Utopias’, Gaudí Neighbourhood”

Putrikinasih Santoso
The University of Hong Kong, Department of Architecture
“Exposing Infrastructural Landscapes: Photography, Colonial Imagination, and the Global Network of Engineers”

Shota Vashakmadze
University of California, Los Angeles, Architecture and Urban Design
“The Intermediary Archive: Contextualizing Born Digital Artifacts”

Taro Zheming Cai
University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
“Chinese landscape architecture as a transnational exchange of landscape epistemologies and practices: the case of West Lake of Hangzhou, China”

Yannick Etoundi
Brown University, Department of the History of Art and Architecture
“Contemporary Sudano-Sahelian Architecture”

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