Deadline approaches to apply for Power Corporation of Canada research residencies at CCA


The CCA, with the support of the Power Corporation of Canada, invites students enrolled at the Masters level in Canadian architecture schools to take part in a collaborative, three-month residency at the CCA on the topic of architecture and the environment.

The Environment

In the late 1960s and 1970s, a rising awareness of environmental issues in society caused architects and planners to rethink their professions and practices, not only in regard to sources of renewable energy, but also through experimentation with forms of cohabitation. Alternative projects began to be covered in the architectural press before these kinds of green strategies became institutionalized and economized during the 1980s. Revisiting this recent history of eco- and solar architecture today provides a more informed and critical perspective on current concerns.

Through the comparative reading of North American and international journals, students at the Masters level will learn how environmental issues were communicated and get a better understanding of the rise of an eco-consciousness in the fields of architecture and planning. Studying the theme on the basis of publications and documents from the CCA Collection, with the help of other resources, they will develop a unique contextual perspective and acquire fundamental skills in archival research.

The topics to be considered will range beyond mere aesthetic and technical considerations to include the autonomous house; decentralized and integrated systems; active and passive climatization; renewable energies; strategies of minimal intervention; the greening of roofs, facades and yards; the reuse of old buildings; co-operative and mixed-use projects and blocks; and natural and recycled materials for construction and insulation, among other possibilities.

Eligibility and Terms of Residency

All students currently enrolled in professional and post-professional Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Environmental Design, or Master of Urban Design programs in Canada are eligible for applying for this award, regardless of citizenship.

The Power Corporation of Canada Award provides a stipend of $7,000 to cover the travel, housing and living expenses of each recipient during a three-month residency in Montreal, from 1 June to 31 August 2016. Three recipients will be selected to work together and in collaboration with CCA research, collection, curatorial and/or publication staff.

The residency and research project must be completed by Wednesday, 31 August 2016. The award is non-renewable.


Candidates for the Summer 2016 research residencies at the CCA are invited to submit applications in which they formulate their general and professional interest in the theme of the environment as framed above. Applications should include a written statement (500 to 750 words) addressing how the candidate would approach this topic from both a historical and critical perspective, as well as how the output of this residency will contribute to his or her development as a young professional.

Application Deadline: Monday, 18 April 2016, at 5 pm (E.S.T.)

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