Canadian Centre for Architecture announces the recipients of the 2012 Curatorial Opportunities Program

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) has announced the recipients of the 2012 Young Curator Program and the Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Internships Program, two initiatives established by the CCA to stimulate curatorial opportunities for students and young professionals.

American Carrie Smith, a Master of Architecture graduate from the University of California, was selected for the 2012 Young Curator Program. Her proposal – tracing the history of the interior through the analysis of the use of houseplants in decoration and design – will be exhibited in the CCA’s Octagonal Gallery in the fall of 2013. The project will research the CCA’s Collection to illustrate examples (photographs, models, films and drawings), of differing attitudes about the use of houseplants and its role within the architectural interiors.

In addition, Norwegian Victoria Bugge Øye, and Greek Alexandra Courcoulas are announced as the selected recipients of the 2012 Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial internship program. Victoria holds a Masters of Science in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Alexandra is a Masters graduate of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. Both were nominated based on the originality of their statement of intent, potential for professional development, and connection with the curatorial direction and vision of the CCA. In total, the CCA received hundreds of international applications in response to the open call in March this year, an increase of response from its inaugural call in 2011.

The Young Curator Program offers the opportunity to propose and curate a project on the contemporary debate in architecture, urbanism, and landscape design, from exhibitions or web-based projects, publications, seminar, series of events and more, during a residency of 3 months at the CCA.

The Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Internships Program encourages students and recent graduates in design disciplines, arts and humanities to become acquainted with the CCA’s collection, exhibition, and research programs through an internship of 6 to 9 months at the CCA in Montréal.

In November 2010, with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CCA held an important colloquium entitled “The Canadian Centre for Architecture in an expanding curatorial field” with numerous world-renowned specialists from the museum and architectural fields. The two new curatorial opportunities have been initiated as one of the outcomes of the colloquium and they address a renewed interest that is emerging around curatorial practice within the field of architecture. Many schools of architecture in North America and Europe have started to integrate the subject within their curriculum, and architecture centres like the CCA are looking to a new generation of curators of architecture, trained outside of art history and museum studies programs.

The CCA is an international research centre and museum founded in 1979 on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive collections, the CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.

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