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 will replace the Visiting Scholars Program, which the CCA has offered since 1997. The application process for 2019 is now closed. The open call for 2020 will be published in early summer.

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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
“Building Capital: Architectural Practice and Financialization in the 1970s and 1980s”


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