December 18, 2014

2015 curatorial opportunities

Canadian Centre for Architecture

Guido Guidi, Saint-Denis, France, April 1996. Chromogenic colour print,
20.2 x 25.3 cm. From the series “In Between Cities.” CCA Collection,
Montréal, PH2003:0096. © Guido Guidi.

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) announces curatorial opportunities beginning in fall 2015. The opportunities include a Curatorial Internship program and the Emerging Curator program.

A renewed interest for curatorial practice is emerging within the field of architecture. As an international research museum, the CCA is a laboratory for the exploration of key issues affecting contemporary architecture and its social and cultural context. The CCA conceives and develops an extensive program of exhibitions, research initiatives, curatorial programs, publications, and public events that establish links between its vast collection, contemporary architectural practice, and social change. Aiming to continuously rethink and re-examine the scope and the boundaries of “curating architecture,” the CCA solicits and supports ideas for projects that take innovative curatorial approaches and experimental formats.

The Emerging Curator program 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. Architects, journalists, designers, critics, historians, photographers, artists, and other scholars and professionals born on or after 1 January 1980, are eligible for this program, regardless of citizenship and place of residence.

The CCA encourages a wide range of proposals for innovative curatorial models that advance 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 program 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 a specific 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 Curatorial Internship program is designed to share the CCA’s expertise with students and young professionals in architecture, the design disciplines, arts, humanities, and cultural studies who are interested in exploring editorial and curatorial fields in architecture. Students and young professionals born on or after 1 January 1985 are eligible regardless of citizenship and place of residence. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the CCA’s curatorial approach—in particular its collection, exhibitions, editorial projects, and research programs—through a six- to nine-month internship beginning fall 2015.


The CCA curatorial opportunities receive the generous support of the Power Corporation of Canada.

For more information on the program guidelines and how to apply, please click here.



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