CCA: Emerging Curator Program

Residency: between September 2018 and May 2019.
Completion of project: Fall 2019.
Deadline for applications: 2 March 2018.

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 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. The project is to be developed during a residency of three months 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.

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, the production of visual content to be explored through the web and social media, or a physical or virtual exhibition. Interdisciplinary and collaborative practices are encouraged. 

The selected candidate will become acquainted with the CCA’s institutional knowledge and vision, explore the institution’s resources and the collection holdings, and apply her/his curatorial direction to develop the proposed project. The CCA will provide guidance towards the project’s realization in accordance with the curatorial direction of the institution.

The residency should take place between September 2018 and May 2019 and can be divided into several sessions. The project should be completed by fall 2019.

The deadline for applications is 2 March 2018.

For more information, please visit: www.cca.qc.ca/en/

Canadian Centre for Architecture 
1920, rue Baile
Montreal, QC H3H 2S6

Eligibility and terms

Architects, journalists, designers, critics, historians, photographers, artists, and other scholars and professionals born on or after 1 January 1982 are eligible for this program, regardless of citizenship and place of residence. 

The recipient will receive a maximum of $12,000 CAN to cover travel, housing, and living expenses for a period of up to three months in Montreal (subject to the income tax laws of Canada and Quebec). The languages in use at the CCA are English and French. Collective or collaborative projects are welcome; however, only one person will be eligible for the residency to realize the project on behalf of the group.

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

The scope of the project and specific timing of the residency will be determined in consultation with the Chief Curator, CCA. No more than one project per applicant will be accepted.


Robert J. Kett, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
In the 1960s and 1970s, architecture embraced “anonymous” building and simultaneously turned toward systems and the digital. “Architecture Needs Indians: Design’s Technoprimitive Turn” revisits key architectural engagements with the indigenous peoples of the Americas to examine their role in articulating architecture’s relation to an emergent technoscape, a process with important implications for contemporary debates concerning cultural appropriation, architectural method, and the digital.

Evangelos Kotsioris, Princeton University School of Architecture, Princeton, USA
Today, after a long period of questioning science’s capacity to provide answers to architecture’s social mandate, architects and designers are once again enchanted with the concept of the laboratory. The project investigates the lab as a recurring and productive allegory for experimentation, and imagines new modes of transdisciplinary research threading together science and architecture.

Víctor Muñoz Sanz, TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Netherlands “Off:Re:OnShore,” an audio documentary, explores the legacy of industrial offshoring, the effects of corporate actions on the built environment of labour, and the role of architecture in bringing closer ideas of work and the good life across the Global South.

Francesco Garutti, Politecnico di Milano, School of Architecture and Society, Italy
The project “Talking about Devious Design,” which resulted in a film and a digital publication, takes as its point of departure the controversial history of the design of some overpasses commissioned by the American public administrator Robert Moses in Long Island at the end of the 1920s. This narration becomes a tool to activate a discussion on the relation between material form and social content.

Carrie Smith, University of California, Oakland, USA
The houseplant arrived indoors around 150 years ago and quickly became a familiar element in the interior. “Best Supporting Actor” challenges this passive role of indoor plants via a series of photographically documented interventions in the spaces of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Dan Handel, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
The exhibition First, the Forests examines some unexplored relationships between forestry, planning and design. The project proposes an expanded understanding of the connections between natural resources, production processes, and designed form.