The CCA Calls for Master’s Students Program Applications

The CCA’s Masters Program encourages students at Canadian architecture schools to take up urgent questions of public relevance to the built environment nationally and internationally.

Master’s Students Program: CCA Green, Power Corporation of Canada Award, Research, June 2010 to August 2010. Photo courtesy of

Through a three-month collaborative project at the Study Centre, participants will engage with the CCA’s collection, participate in seminars and other pedagogical activities, and articulate their own understanding of architecture as a public concern.

The summer of 2020 marks the beginning of “In the Postcolony,” a three-year thematic cycle that will examine how architecture and urbanism continue to respond to the long echoes of colonial practices of spatial dispossession.

Each summer a group of three Masters researchers will narrow their focus to a particular territory that continues to be subject to what Achille Mbembe describes as the resonances of the “banality of power”—everyday infrastructures that shape public life.

The 2020 CCA Masters Program award recipients will also turn their attention to how the design, building, and maintenance of aquatic recreation spaces across Nunavut raise important questions for postcolonial understandings of public infrastructure.

In collaboration with invited northern and southern architects, artists, scholars, and activists, selected participants will craft critical media that highlight the possibilities and politics that aquatic architectures hold across Nunavut.

Candidates for the Summer 2020 Masters Students Program are invited to submit applications that describe how their research interests, professional endeavours, volunteer experiences, and design philosophies align with the 2020 theme.

All applications must be submitted online through the CCA application portal by March 9, 2020.

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