Emerging Curator Residency Program

The call for applications is now closed. The next call for applicants for the 2022–2023 Emerging Curator Residency Program will open in January 2022.

Aiming to continuously rethink and re-examine the scope and the boundaries of “curating architecture,” the CCA solicits ideas for projects that take innovative curatorial approaches and experimental formats.

The Emerging Curator Residency Program offers the opportunity to propose and curate a project at the CCA related to contemporary debates in architecture, urban issues, landscape design, and cultural and social dynamics while doing a residency at the CCA.

The CCA encourages a wide range of proposals for curatorial projects with a broad scope. Proposals must bring an innovative curatorial model to the contemporary discourse on architecture. The CCA seeks proposals that use the curatorial project as a tool to foster ideas, to question relevant positions, to introduce new research themes, and to critique current modalities, with the ultimate goal of advancing new thinking for architecture and the built environment. Particular attention will be given to projects that intend to locate the discourse of architecture within a broader context across disciplines and practices, and that also point to overlooked areas of knowledge or engage with plural and diverse voices.

The output of the proposal may follow many trajectories, and the result may be as varied as an editorial project, a program of seminars and research colloquiums, a series of public events or workshops, a collection-based project, the production of content for the web and social media, a documentary film, or a physical or virtual exhibition. Interdisciplinary and collaborative practices are encouraged. The proposal must be explicit about the choice and relationship of format with content.

The new Emerging Curator Residency Program includes a mentorship period that ensures the final candidates’ understanding of CCA culture and curatorial procedures. The CCA will select three finalists who will be mentored remotely by the CCA curatorial team over a one-month period. During this time, the finalists will fine-tune their project proposal and receive constructive feedback. At the end of this one-month period, the CCA will re-evaluate the three projects and choose one that the CCA will develop and produce in collaboration with the selected Emerging Curator. The other two finalists whose projects will not be realized will have the opportunity to publish their research on the CCA website. The CCA Emerging Curator Residency Program is an opportunity for motivated individuals who seek experience in reflecting on the role of architecture discourse within the context of a cultural institution. The selected candidate will be asked to complete an intensive three-month residency at the CCA to develop and implement the project with the CCA team.

During the residency, the candidate will become further acquainted with the CCA’s institutional knowledge and vision, explore the institution’s resources and the collection holdings, and develop their curatorial vision to develop the proposed project. The CCA will provide guidance towards the project’s realization.

The CCA Emerging Curator Residency Program aims to nurture a new generation of cultural practitioners who are builders of institutions and communities.

Eligibility and terms

Architects, journalists, designers, critics, historians, photographers, artists, and other scholars and professionals born on or after 1 January 1992 are eligible for this program, regardless of citizenship and place of residence.

The three finalists will receive a support fee of CA$1,000 for their participation during the mentoring period (approx. 10h/week over one month). The final recipient will receive CA$12,000 to cover travel, housing, and living expenses for a residency of three months in Montréal. These payments are subject to the income tax laws of Canada and Quebec. The production cost of the project will be funded by CCA. The languages in use at the CCA are English and French.

Collective or collaborative projects are welcome; however, CCA’s financial support will stay the same and will have to be shared within the collective.

All submissions must be new projects, never before presented, published, or realized.

The scope of the project and specific timing of the residency will be determined in consultation with members of CCA’s curatorial committee. No more than one project per applicant will be accepted.

The call for applications is now closed. The next call for applicants for the 2022–2023 Emerging Curator Residency Program will open in January 2022.

This program is generously supported by the Power Corporation of Canada.

As of 2021 the Emerging Curator Residency Program replaces the Emerging Curator Program, which the CCA had offered since 2011.


Joyce Joumaa, Video Artist, Tripoli (Lebanon), Montreal (Canada)
In 1962, the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer was invited to conceive an international fairground in the city of Tripoli, Lebanon, which was never completed. Fragments of Collapse is a documentary film that employs archival materials, interviews, and research notes to look at how architecture operates in this failed state. By examining the precarity of the project site that remains to this day, the film also reflects on the country’s current socioeconomic crisis.

Co-finalists (mentorship phase):

Exutoire (Quy Son, Bui & Paul-Antoine, Lucas), Architects, Oslo, Norway
A Queer Practice of Architecture looks towards an architecture of otherness to investigate the act of queering architecture—a practice characterized by the challenging of norms and normativity. It seeks to deconstruct the profession’s established framework to create alternative futures in which self-expression and self-definition are inalienable. The project aims to frame queering space, a neither utopian nor abstract concept, as an active, tangible process—a way of seeing, thinking, and making architecture.

Samia Kayyali, Architect/Landscape Architect, Amman, Jordan
On Architecture and Abundance explores how representational tools in architecture are complicit in manufacturing a promise of abundance through the colonial logic of infinite expansion. Informed by writings and theory on representational tools, relational ethics, and the reflexive turn first mapped out in cultural anthropology, the project aims to collectively produce an online resource, designed as a studio syllabus plug-in, to confront the logic of these tools as they are currently taught and learned.


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