CCA Research Fellowship Program

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 working on a broad range of topics relevant to architectural discourse today. Current topics of particular interest include: the digital turn in processes of design and communication in architecture; the transformation of the profession or discipline and its relationship to society past and present; the role of photography role within architectural visual culture, especially in the digital era; the relationship of architecture to the environment, in terms of the ways architects use, impact, and understand nature; and the historical role of architecture in decolonization and in the contemporary figuration of the so-called Global South. But we are eager to add other topics to this list, which tackle cultural, social, economic, technological, environmental and/or political issues.

Fellowships are open to scholars, practitioners, thinkers, researchers, writers, and curators who intend to pursue interdisciplinary research on architecture, urbanism, landscape, and design at the CCA. We welcome applications from individuals at various stages of their career and from various fields of study, including the history, theory, and criticism of architecture, urbanism, and landscape, as well as art history, design theory, anthropology, geography, sociology, literature, philosophy, cultural studies, media studies, and science and technology studies. 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 works, writings, or designs.

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

Due to the global pandemic, we have moved our 2020 cohort of Research Fellows to the summer of 2021. The open call for the 2022 RFP will be published in July, 2021.

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2020 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“

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