July 19, 2011
by Canadian Architect
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) has announced the arrival of architectural writer and critic Tim Abrahams as a researcher and as a “Blogger in the Archives” exploring urban transformations from an alternative point of view. Tim’s varied and lively writing appears on his own blog www.cosmopolitanscum.com and on his Twitter feed @timabrahams. The CCA’s first “Blogger in the Archives” was Geoff Manaugh, in 2010. Manaugh is a well-known architectural blogger of BLDGBLOG and author of a book by the same title.
Apart from being the most recent scholar in residence at the CCA, Abrahams will continue the CCA’s drive towards increasing participation within the worldwide architectural and design community by bringing together alternative thinkers on the CCA’s website to expand the scope of architectural and cultural debate and to form a meeting space for visitors to encounter the CCA. Tim’s arrival complements an already prestigious intake of academics who this year include three Senior Fellows supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Guido Beltramini, Executive Director of the Andrea Palladio International Study Centre in Vicenza, Italy; Maristella Casciato, Professor of Architectural History, School of Architecture “Aldo Rossi” at Cesena, University of Bologna; and Michael Webb, a member of the seminal British architectural group, Archigram.
Other scholars present this summer are Pedro Ignacio Alonso, Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile; Gaia Caramellino, Politecnico di Torino, Italy; Penelope Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States; Elisabeth Essaïan, École des Hautes Études en sciences sociales, Paris, France; Michelangelo Sabatino, University of Houston, United States; and Lukasz Stanek, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
Since 1997, the CCA has welcomed over one hundred architects and scholars from more than 20 countries. Its Visiting Scholars program invites architects and scholars at the post-doctoral level to undertake innovative research in the history, theory, criticism and professional practise of architecture during short, fixed-term residencies. The program welcomes historical and critical research proposals that are prompted by, or refer to, the theory and practice of contemporary design culture and related social issues; candidates engaged in contemporary professional practices are also encouraged to apply.
For further information on the Visiting Scholars Program and a full list of current scholars at the CCA, please visit www.cca.qc.ca/en/study-centre/visiting-scholars. In parallel, the CCA also offers a Curatorial Opportunities Program, which complements the institution’s academic programs and acknowledges that curatorial practice is an increasingly important component of the architectural profession. See www.cca.qc.ca/curatorialopportunities.
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