CCA Research Fellowship Program

As of 2019 the CCA 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, 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.


Research Fellows are selected by an international Consultative Committee made up of eight members: Phyllis Lambert (Founding Director Emeritus, CCA), Giovanna Borasi (Director and Chief Curator, CCA), Rafico Ruiz (Associate Director, Research, CCA), Juan Du, (University of Toronto), Seng Kuan (University of Tokyo, Harvard University and A+U), Shannon Mattern (University Pennsylvania), Itohan Osayimwese (Brown University), and Nasrine Seraji (University College Dublin).

The call for applications is now closed. The next call for the 2025 Research Fellowship Program will be issued in July 2024.

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2024 Research Fellows

Ignacio Gonzalez Galán
Barnard College, Columbia University
“Independent Living, Care, and Labor: Cripping the Genealogies of Domesticity”

Kateryna Malaia
University of Utah, School of Architecture
“Rural Mass Housing in Ukraine”

Cristóbal Jácome Moreno
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico
“‘In Any Job, the Smile’: Women and Housing Construction in 1970s Cuba”

Anooradha Siddiqi
Barnard College, Columbia University
“Ecologies of the Past”

Past editions

2023 Research Fellows

Andrea Bagnato
École de design et Haute école d’art du Valais and Willem de Kooning Academy
“Let It Flood: Luca Danese and the Origins of Hydraulic Modernity”

Oulimata Gueye
École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon and independent curator
“Université des Futurs Africains: it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories of the future”

Jordan Kinder
Harvard University
“Spectres of Settler Infrastructuralism: Van Ginkel Associates in the North”

Sofia Nannini
University of Bologna
“Cages for non-humans: An architectural history of animal farming”

Douglas Robb
University of Pennsylvania
“Boreal Fantasies: Constructing the low-carbon extractive frontier along Canada’s Northern Corridor”

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”

2020-2021 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”

*Support of Dr Manu Sobti’s research residency is made possible in partnership with Phantom Hands, which also contributed to the processing of the Pierre Jeanneret fonds.

2019 Research Fellows

Esra Akcan
Cornell University
“Intertwined Histories of Seven Other Wonders”

Thomas Daniell
Kyoto University
“Japan at the IAUS”

Jane Hutton
University of Waterloo
“Grubbing, Weeding, Mowing, Breeding: On the Changing Specifications, Technologies, and Designs for Landscape Maintenance”

Torsten Lange
ETH Zurich
“Queer ecologies of care: LGBT* community spaces between liberation and crisis, 1969–1999”

Sara Stevens
University of British Columbia
“Liquid Assets”


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