CCA Research Fellowship Program

As of 2019 the Research Fellowship Program replaces the Visiting Scholars Program, which the CCA had offered since 1997

As an international research institution, the CCA operates in the spaces between architectural culture at large and academic discourse through exhibitions, publications, public events, and research programs. The CCA’s Research Fellowship Program supports innovative, advanced research to foster new kinds of intellectual exchange that spark long-term dialogue and debate.

At the CCA we are addressing a range of topics relevant to architectural discourse. Current topics of particular interest include: the digital turn in processes of design and communication in architecture; the changing context of the profession and its relationship to diverse societies, from the past, to the present and looking towards the future; the role of photography within visual culture, especially in the digital era; and the relationship of architecture to the environment. We are currently focusing on the role of architecture in decolonization, and welcome applications that explore this topic across historical and contemporary registers.

Fellowships are open to researchers, architects, and curators who intend to pursue interdisciplinary research on architecture, urbanism, landscape, and/or design at the CCA. We welcome applications from individuals who hold a PhD, or with equivalent professional experience. We value interdisciplinary approaches to the built environment that work from anthropology to Indigenous studies and beyond. Although proposed research projects may rely extensively on the CCA Collection as a primary source, we are interested above all in original and significant projects that develop both critical readings and creative research, media, and/or designs.

The program

Research Fellows are offered a residency at the CCA between June and August 2023, for a period of one to two months, with the goal of creating a community researchers on site, particularly in relation to our Doctoral Research Residency Program. Each Fellow will have access to a private office and receive a monthly stipend of 5000 CAD, as well as additional financial support for travel expenses. Based on the scope of the proposed research project, the CCA’s curatorial committee will determine the duration of the residency in discussion with each candidate to best support their project. In addition to a public presentation of their work-in-progress, Research Fellows are expected to participate in discussions, seminars, and workshops organized at the CCA, exchange with CCA staff, and engage with the local academic and architectural community.

Application requirements

Five fellowships are available for 2023.

Applications (in English or French) must include:

• a proposal (750-1,000 words) addressing how the research project relates to key lines of investigation at the CCA. We strongly encourage applicants with research projects based on recent acquisitions to check and confirm availability with before submitting their project proposals.

• an abstract of the proposal in English or French (250 words)

• a brief project schedule (300 words) for a one- or two-month period of research, describing key milestones

• a CV

• one representative publication (article or book chapter) or equivalent

• the names of three potential referees. Letters of recommendation are not required at the time of application and will only be requested in the case of short-listed applicants

Candidates for the 2023 Research Fellowship Program are invited to submit an application online through the CCA application portal

Deadline: 25 September 2022 at midnight (12am, HNE)

You can consult the application Guidelines and Terms for more details on the requirements.

Selection process

Research Fellows are selected through a twofold process by an international consultative committee.

The consultative committee will meet in October 2022 to select candidates.
The results will be communicated in November 2022.
Once granted for a specific year, the Research Fellowship is non-renewable or transferable.

For questions regarding the program, please contact

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2022 Research Fellows

Irene Brisson
Louisiana State University
“Lakay se Lakay: Domestic Architecture in Haitian Diaspora“

Marina Otero Verzier
Design Academy Eindhoven
“Breathing or Architectures of Air“

Desiree Valadares
University of British Columbia
“Staging the Scenic: Colonial and Carceral Proximities on British Columbia’s Infrastructural Routes“

2020-2022 Research Fellows

Simone Chung
National University of Singapore
“Space and Interface – Immaterial Architectures of the Digital Age“

Joseph Clarke
University of Toronto
“The Art of Work: Acoustics and Communication in 1960s Open Offices“

Joy Knoblauch
University of Michigan
“Critical Ergonomics: Pleasure, Pain, Emotion, and Sense Entangled in the Military Industrial Complex (194x-200x)“

Manu Sobti
University of Queensland
“Wither Public Space in Chandigarh – Lost Landscapes and Social Choreographies“

Amelia Thorpe
University of New South Wales
“Paint, posts and productive polities: (re)constructing city-citizen relationships in the street“

Past years

As of 2019 the Research Fellowship Program replaces the Visiting Scholars Program, which the CCA had offered since 1997.


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