for Artistic and Architectural REsearch

The Architectural Research European Network Association - ARENA, the European Association for Architectural Education - EAAE and the European League of Institutes of the Arts - ELIA are together seeking to offer a joint platform for research in all fields of architecture, design and arts. This also includes subjects such as environmental design, sustainable development, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design/urbanism, music, performing arts, visual arts, product design, social design, interaction design, etc. One of the objectives in doing so is to support early-career researchers and PhD students in the fields of architecture and the arts to improve the quality of their research. Another objective is to show that senior researchers CARE about the work that is being done by more junior researchers.

CA²RE, the Conference for Artistic and Architectural Research (initially: the Conference for Artistic and Architectural (Doctoral) Research Research), proceeds from the previous ARM (Architectural Research Moments) symposia, with a flavour of the PRS (Practice Research Symposium). The aim is to create an international event at which early-career researchers, doctoral students and post-docs can present their research project to experienced researchers and have their work discussed by international panels in these diverse fields. It represents an open and inclusive follow-up of the ADAPT-r project (Architecture, Design and Art Practice Training-research / EU ITN). ‘Open’ means an open call for participation and ‘inclusive’ indicates that it is not limited to s single research approach (practice based exclusively, or by/though design exclusively….or theory focused exclusively). It embraces all the contemporary hybridity of research in arts, design and architecture. On the other hand it seeks for what is in the core of artistic and architectural research. Zooming in and out is not as simple as it seems – it needs a direction. The CA²RE conference provides an international discussion platform of where we want to go with this zooming and how can we CARE for each other in our endeavours.

CA²RE is intended to bring together senior staff and early-career researchers to improve research quality through intensive peer reviewing at key intermediate stages. It wishes to contribute to the open and diverse field that exists in architectural and artistic research, not giving any priority to any single approach. The conference will support established research methods, but especially welcomes new and emerging fields such as research by design and through artistic/creative practice. The event aims to stimulate researchers to interact mutually and benefit from participating in two-way discussions, whatever the stage of their research. Above all, CA²RE wishes to offer a lively, diverse and inclusive environment that brings together young researchers within a multi-disciplinary setting.

During this weekend, the selected participants will present their PhD research for 30 minutes each, which will then be discussed and peer-reviewed by an international panel (composed of senior researchers and post-docs) for another 30 minutes. The presentations can include the now traditional formats such as Powerpoint, Prezi, etc., but the organisers would particularly welcome other kinds of contributions such as exhibitions, performances, etc. Depending on the number of the participants, that are selected, parallel sessions will be organised if necessary. A post-doc track will be offered as well. It is preferable that all participants attend the full weekend, including the Friday evening keynote and the Monday morning session on research methods for PhDs and supervisors as the conference is framed as a collective experience that will be important for the learning process and for networking.

(This text is drafted by Johan Verbeke, the organizer of the first CA²RE event, and updated by Tadeja Zupančič, the organizer of the second in this series. The last update after the Berlin conference includes the change of the title from  Conference for Artistic and Architectural (Doctoral) Research to  Conference for Artistic and Architectural Research)

During its initial development stage the CA²RE community enjoys its freedom of informal movement through Europe, combining the continuous flows from the previous international PhD training actions with the local flavour of research traditions in artistic and architectural research. It represents a transversal connection in-between the three established European associations/networks, related to the artistic and architectural research and education: ARENA, EAAE and ELIA.
in association with:
  • CA²RE+ project: Collective Evaluation of Design Driven Doctoral Training - Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership
  • Next CA²RE event: Ghent! Dates: 4-7 October 2019,
  • CA²RE+GHENT Erasmus+ project event dates 2-7 October 2019
  • CA²RE+TRONDHEIM dates: 25-30 March 2020!
  • CA²RE community from the past events listed: ScC members, presenters, chairs/organizers, keynotes
  • CA²RE Facebook group created



  • KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas
  • 7-9 April 2017
  • chair: Johan Verbeke +
  • event
  • proceedings
  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty or Architecture 
  • 8-11 September 2017 
  • chair: Tadeja Zupančič
  • event 
  • abstracts
  • proceedings
  • Technical University of Berlin
  • 28 September - 1 October 2018 
  • chairs: Matthias Ballestrem,  Ignacio Borrego, Donatella Fioretti, Ralf Pasel, Jürgen Weidinger
  • event
  • abstracts
  • University of Lisbon, Faculty of Architecture
  • 10-13 April 2019
  • abstracts - extended deadline: 3 February 2019!
  • chairs: Jorge Boueri, Filipa Roseta, Hugo Farias, Pedro Januario
  • event
  • KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas
  • CA²RE dates 4-7 October 2019,
  • CA²RE+GHENT Erasmus+ project event dates 2-7 October 2019 
  • chairs: Riet EeckhoutDates: 4-7 October 2019, CA²RE+ project event dates 2-7 October 2019 , Arnaud Hendrickx, Thierry Lagrange, Jo Van Den Berghe
  • event - schedule available!
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • 25-30 March 2020
  • chairs: Eli Stoa, Markus Schwai
  • Politecnico di Milano, DAStU - Department of Architecture and Urban Studies 
  • September/October 2020
  • chairs: Gennaro Postiglione, Allesandro Rocca
  • Hafencity University Hamburg   
  • March/April 2021
  • chair: Matthias Ballestrem
  • University of Ljubljana, Academy of Arts and Design 
  • September/October 2021
  • chair: Boštjan Botas Kenda
  • TU Delft 
  • March/April 2022
  • chairs: Roberto Cavallo, Alper Alkan
Glasgow (tbc)
  • GSA
  • September/October 2022
  • chair: Sally Stewart