CCA Visiting Scholars Program

The CCA supports innovative, advanced research on the history, theory, and criticism of architecture and design from a broad interdisciplinary perspective. As a research centre and museum, the CCA emphasizes themes that are particularly relevant to current discourses on the built environment—contemporary design theory, media archaeology and digital processes of design and communication, transformation of the professional practice, environmental histories—but also other current cultural, social, economic, technological, and political issues. In order to strengthen a research-oriented collection, the CCA continues to acquire new material, including born digital projects.

The Visiting Scholar Program was offered between 1997 and 2018, welcoming research projects that made use of the CCA Collection as a primary source, explored specific archives in depth, and produced critical and relevant (re)readings. Over the years, the CCA worked with scholars and professionals at various stages in their careers whose disciplinary background ranges from history and theory of architecture, the city and landscape, as well as anthropology, geography, sociology, literature, and philosophy to emerging digital technology. In addition to scholarly projects, the CCA welcomed applications from practicing architects, planners, urban designers, and landscape architects, other professionals active in critical practices related to the built environment, and cultural producers who carried out research on architecture from any disciplinary perspective. The general objective of the Visiting Scholar Program was to foster intellectual debate and nurture an exchange with the CCA as well as with the scholarly community in Montreal and internationally.

As of 2019, the Visiting Scholars Program is replaced by the Research Fellowship Program, for research at postdoctoral and advanced academic levels, but also for experienced practitioners and cultural producers.

2018 Visiting Scholars

Elisa Dainese
Dalhousie University, Canada
Architectural Culture in Translation: Postwar Cities and African Villages

Martina Hrabová
Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
The Geography of an Intellectual Field: The Social Network of Le Corbusier’s Studio

Lina Malfona
Rome Sapienza, Italy
Political Mind: Alvaro Siza’s Urban Projects From the SAAL Operation to Affordable Housing

Whitney Moon
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, United States
Cedric Price and the Rise and Fall of Pneumatic Architecture

Hans-Georg von Arburg
Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
The Last Dwelling: Housing Scenes in Existential Modernity (ca. 1880–1940)


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