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 therefore welcomes research projects that make use of the CCA Collection as a primary source, explore specific archives in depth, and produce critical and relevant (re)readings. The proposed projects should be original, significant and feasible.

In recent years, the CCA has 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 welcomes 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 are carrying out research on architecture from any disciplinary perspective. The general objective of the Visiting Scholar Program is to foster intellectual debate and nurture an exchange with the CCA as well as with the scholarly community in Montreal and internationally.

We strongly encourage visiting scholars with research projects based on recent acquisitions to check and confirm availability with ref@cca.qc.ca before submitting their project proposals. For questions regarding the program, please contact studium@cca.qc.ca.

Appointments are made through an open application and a selection process conducted by an international jury comprised of members both external and internal to the institution. Residencies are granted for periods of two months during the summer. Visiting Scholars receive research stipends, financial support to cover travel costs, a private office at the CCA, and administrative support as needed. They must relate their individual research projects to current initiatives at the CCA. During their residency, they pursue individual research projects and will present their individual research project in a public seminar series. Moreover, they are asked to participate in other CCA activities and to contribute content to the CCA website.

The call for 2018 applications is closed. Please click here to refer to the 2018 application guidelines and terms.

The call for 2019 applications will be posted in spring 2018. To stay updated, please subscribe to the our newsletter here.

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, USA
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 (c. 1880–1940)


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