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open call spring 2019

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Open call for PhD proposals

The Curatorial Research Collective (CRC) currently invites doctoral research proposals that investigate the construction of architecture culture with a particular emphasis on social, economic, political, and cultural systems.

We aim to extend our investigation of architecture culture through doctoral research projects that can either question the work of the formal and informal institutions shaping architecture culture (such as museums, archives, centers, groups, movements, …), or probe initiatives that occupy the intersection of architecture and society (such as exhibitions, biennales and triennales, books, journals, public discussions and programs, support policies, new media, …), or any other pressing issue that has shaped architecture culture. Furthermore, we invite innovative proposals that productively collide theory and practice, particularly those that reveal rather than smooth the breaks, difficulties, tensions, and discontinuities within architecture culture, in both its historical and contemporary condition.



To be eligible, applicants must have previously completed a Master degree (or will have completed by the time the doctoral research is to be initiated) and provide evidence of distinguished academic work either in architecture (or its related fields) or in the intended research topic. Applicants must also provide proof of an excellent command of both spoken and written English.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the quality of the applicant, the quality, originality and potential impact of the proposed research, as well as how these fit within the Curatorial Research Collective stated goals.

While TU Eindhoven does not provide direct financial support (and candidates must demonstrate their ability to support themselves during the period of their PhD research), the Curatorial Research Collective may assist applicants in securing individual grants or fellowships.



Upon acceptance, doctoral research will begin at the start of the calendar year with a one-year trial period. Upon this period, the candidate will present his/her work to a review panel tasked with assessing the quality and rigor of the work developed thus far and the candidate’s plans for the following three years of research (the entire doctoral research is expected to be completed within four years).

Accepted PhD candidates will conduct advanced independent research on their topic supported by a daily supervisor as well as other members of the Curatorial Research Collective and the Chair of Architecture History and Theory. PhD candidates are expected (and supported) to present their research and results through journal and magazine articles, conference papers, as well as public symposia and exhibitions. Opportunities for teaching research seminars and studios might be available for advanced candidates.


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April 1, 2019 (at 12PM)

submission deadline



April 30, 2019

contact with selected applicants



May 15-21, 2019

interviews with select applicants (over skype for foreign-based applicants)



June 1, 2019

notification of acceptance



September 2019

start of research



September 2020

one-year scientific review panel



September 2023

completion and doctoral defense