CCA Master’s Students Program

The CCA’s Master’s Program encourages students at Canadian architecture schools to take up urgent questions of public relevance to the built environment in Canada and beyond. Through a three-month collaborative project, participants actively engage with the CCA’s collection, participate in seminars and other pedagogical activities, and articulate their own understanding of architecture as a public concern.

In the Postcolony: Everyday Infrastructures of Design

In the Postcolony: Everyday Infrastructures of Design is a three-year thematic cycle that examines how architecture and urbanism continue to respond to the long echoes of colonial practices of spatial dispossession. Each summer a group of three Master’s researchers narrow their focus to a particular territory that continues to be subject to what Achille Mbembe describes as the resonances of the “banality of power”—everyday infrastructures that shape public life. Spanning geographies and time scales, the thematic cycle articulates the complicity of architectural and urban design in colonial, settler-colonial, and postcolonial power dynamics, while also offering emancipatory potential through the projection of more equitable spaces of public engagement.

In the Postcolony I

In the Postcolony II

In the Postcolony III

‘’Keekagin, the thing you look for to steer when you are lost’’: Healing and Building at Barriere Lake

The CCA’s 2022 Master’s Students Program will be undertaken in collaboration with community members of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake First Nation as well as Shiri Pasternak, a long-time ally of Barriere Lake and a faculty member in Criminology at X University in Toronto. The three selected students will engage in research and put forward a project that responds to the community’s current initiative to build a multipurpose healing centre on their territory. The community lives on a fifty-nine-acre reserve roughly three hours north of Ottawa, in what is now known as the Outaouais region of Quebec, though their traditional territories extend for seventeen thousand square kilometres. The healing centre will support community members recently released from prison while they wait for spots in long-term treatment centres. The community has currently deployed a temporary arrangement of retrofitted trailers to get community members back onto the land.

Over the course of the summer, students will enter into conversation around how architecture and the built environment can support expansive definitions of well-being and healing, particularly those grounded in the land. They will receive support from Barriere Lake community members and Dr. Pasternak in engaging with the needs behind the multipurpose healing centre. The Algonquins of Barriere Lake are governed by the Mitchikanibikok Anishinaabe Onakinakewin, sacred laws that inform their relationships to each other and to the land. Students will gain familiarity with ways of honouring the Onakinakewin through its manifestation in the built environment, and in community-based work that can deploy architecture as a practice that holds the capacity to heal the traumatic legacies of settler colonialism. The CCA is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and collaborative space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to foster questions around settler colonialism, Indigenous sovereignty, and architecture.

Guidelines and terms

Participants will be selected by a CCA internal committee. Selected candidates will work collaboratively on a common research project, with advising and support provided by the CCA’s Associate Director of Research.

Students currently enrolled in professional and post-professional master’s programs—Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Environmental Design, or Master of Urban Design— in Canada are eligible to apply, regardless of citizenship.

Selected candidates are expected to participate in a three-month residency at the CCA during the summer of 2022, for which they will receive a stipend of CAN $7,500 to cover travel, housing, and living expenses while in Montréal. The award is non-renewable. The Program will take place virtually if travel is not possible due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Application requirements

Candidates for the Summer 2022 Master’s Students Program are invited to submit applications that describe how their research interests, professional endeavours, volunteer experiences, and design philosophies align with the 2022 theme.

All applications must be submitted online through the CCA application portal, and must include:
• a written statement (500 to 750 words) addressing how the candidate would approach the 2022 theme from a critical perspective, as well as how the output of this residency will contribute to their development as a designer;
• a curriculum vitae indicating one preferred academic or professional reference;
• a portfolio including visual and/or written materials (not to exceed 5MB).

Deadline: 21 March 2022 at 11:59pm (EDT)

This program is generously supported by the Power Corporation of Canada.

The diversity of our institution is at the core of our creativity and strengthens our research efforts. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from persons with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and other people of colour, of all genders, and LGBTQ+ persons. Applicants who require accommodations for any part of the application process can contact vsamson@cca.qc.ca to receive confidential assistance.

For more information, you can contact studium@cca.qc.ca

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