The CCA Study Centre awards 12 research fellowships for 2009

The Study Centre of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) has awarded 12 research fellowships as part of its 2009 Visiting Scholars Program. The program – created for scholars and architects from around the world who are conducting research at a post-doctoral level – particularly 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. The aim of the program is to foster intellectual exchange.


During residencies of one to eight months, scholars pursue individual research projects and participate in Study Centre seminars. In addition, visiting scholars can benefit from the diverse and stimulating intellectual environment that is provided by both the CCA and the academic institutions located in the Montréal area.


The Study Centre’s Consultative Committee, an international body of architects and scholars, reviewed 42 proposals from 11 countries and awarded fellowships to the following researchers:


* Esra Akcan, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States

Topic: Modernity in Translation: Geopolitical Interactions in Residential Culture

* Christopher Drew Armstrong, University of Pittsburgh, United States

Topic: Julien-David LeRoy and the Making of Architectural History

* Christina Cogdell, College of Santa Fe, United States

Topic: Emergent Genetic Architecture: How Recent Scientific Theories Are Shaping

Contemporary Architecture

* Maaike Lauwaert, Mondriaan Foundation, Netherlands

Topic: Architecture 2.0? On Changing Architectural Practices in a Many-to-Many Culture

* David Monteyne, University of Calgary, Canada

Topic: Incorporating Structures: Histories of Canadian Cultural Landscapes

* Katherine Romba, Queen’s University, Canada

Topic: Conceptualizing Modern Industrial Culture: The Professional Discourses of German

Architects and Engineers

* Volker M. Welter, University of California at Santa Barbara, United States

Topic: Toward an History of Environmental Architecture


Additionally, the Consultative Committee has invited the following researchers to be in residence:


* Marco Frascari, Carleton University, Canada

Topic: Consciousness & Architecture: A Merging of the Arts of Thinking Well, Building Well and

Living Well in the Work of the Architect Cedric Price (1934-2003)

* Samantha Hardingham McLean, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

Topic: Cedric Price

* Robert Levine, California State University, Fresno, United States

Topic: Creating Environments that Enhance the Social and Psychological Quality of Life

* Sina Najafi, Editor in Chief and Co-founder, Cabinet Magazine, United States

Topic: Bubbles


Inaugurated in September 1997, the CCA’s Study Centre is an international institute devoted to

advanced research on architecture, its history and theory. The Study Centre aims at fostering

scientific exchange, debate, and the emergence of innovative ideas. It offers a program of seminars, lectures, and other research activities intended to create and maintain a forum of exchange for CCA visiting scholars, professionals, the academic community and the public.



The Canadian Centre for Architecture (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 the art of architecture and its history, theory, practice and role in soc
iety today. Twenty years after opening its doors to the public, the
CCA is celebrating its anniversary with an ambitious series of activities presented by Phyllis Lambert, Founding Director and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Mirko Zardini, CCA Director and Chief Curator. They consist of programs and initiatives that underscore the achievements of the CCA throughout 2009 and are intended to increase its influence and its role as a unique cultural institution.