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Canadian Centre for Architecture: Emerging Curator Programme 2016

Canadian Centre for Architecture: Emerging Curator Programme 2016 Guido Guidi, photographer. St-Denis, France, from the series "In Between Cities," April 1996. Chromogenic colour print, 20.2 x 25.3 cm. CCA Collection. PH2003:0096 © Guido Guidi

Guido Guidi, photographer. St-Denis, France, from the series "In Between Cities," April 1996. Chromogenic colour print, 20.2 x 25.3 cm. CCA Collection. PH2003:0096 © Guido Guidi

25 January 2016
by Jacob de Munnik

Aiming to continuously rethink and re-examine the scope and the boundaries of “curating architecture,” the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) solicits ideas for projects that take innovative curatorial approaches and experimental formats.

The Emerging Curator Programme offers the opportunity to propose and curate a project at the CCA related to contemporary debates in architecture, urban issues, landscape design and cultural and social dynamics. The project is to be developed during a residency of three months at the CCA.

Click here to download the PDF version of the guidelines. 

The CCA encourages a wide range of proposals for curatorial projects with a broad scope. Proposals must bring an innovative curatorial model to the contemporary discourse on architecture. The CCA seeks proposals that use the curatorial project as a tool to foster ideas, to question relevant positions, to introduce new research themes and to critique current modalities, with the ultimate goal to advance new thinking for architecture and the built environment. Particular attention will be given to projects that intend to locate the discourse of architecture within a broader context across disciplines and practices.

The output of the proposal may follow many trajectories, and the result may be as varied as an editorial project, a programme of seminars and research colloquiums, a series of public events or workshops, the production of visual content to be explored through the web and social media, or a physical or virtual exhibition. Interdisciplinary and collaborative practices are encouraged.

The selected candidate will become acquainted with the CCA’s institutional knowledge and vision, explore the institution’s resources and the collection holdings and apply her/his curatorial direction to develop the proposed project. The CCA will provide guidance towards the project’s realization in accordance with the curatorial direction of the institution.

The residency should take place between September 2016 and May 2017 and can be divided into several sessions. The project should be completed by fall 2017.

Eligibility and Terms

Architects, journalists, designers, critics, historians, photographers, artists and other scholars and professionals born on or after 1 January 1981 are eligible for this programme, regardless of citizenship and place of residence. The recipient will receive a maximum of $12,000 CAD to cover travel, housing, and living expenses for a period of up to three months in Montreal (subject to the income tax laws of Canada and Québec). The languages in use at the CCA are English and French.

The scope of the project and specific timing of the residency will be determined in consultation with the Chief Curator, CCA. No more than one project per applicant will be accepted. Collective or collaborative projects are welcome; however, only one person will be eligible for the residency to realize the project on behalf of the group.

All submissions must be new projects, never presented, published or realized before.

The selected project will be realized by the CCA following the institutional calendar and priorities. The project will be developed in dialogue with the CCA curatorial team. The budget allocated for the project’s realization will be fixed at the discretion of the CCA and in accordance with its proposed scope.

Application requirements

Applications should be submitted through the CCA online application portal and should consist of the following documents and information, in English or French (PDF files of up to 5 MB):

1. A curatorial statement (1,500 to 2,000 words, with no more than ten images), including the description of the project and strategic justification. The document must also include a plan and a working schedule;
2. A curriculum vitae detailing education, research and professional experience, working languages, and any other relevant information;
3. A representative selection of a few realized projects that convey an impression of the candidate’s distinctive approach;
4. Contact information for two academic or professional references who are familiar with the candidate and his/her work.

Only applications submitted through the online application portal will be accepted.

Apply online by 29 February 2016.


The CCA will select a project according to the following criteria: originality of the curatorial statement and approach, relevance to architectural thinking and practice, expertise and trajectory of the candidate, feasibility, and relevance to the curatorial direction and vision of the CCA. The CCA will notify all applicants by mid-April 2016.

The agreement will be effective only after the applicant has obtained all required authorization from the immigration authorities of both Québec and Canada.

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