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.
Collective Evaluation of Design Driven Doctoral Training
The Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership CA²RE+ develops a collective learning environment through Evaluation of Design Driven Doctoral Training. Design Driven Doctoral research (DDDr) is taken as a multidisciplinary example of an experiential learning-through-evaluation model, appropriate for identification and promoting relevance of research singularity, its transparency and recognition, to award excellence in doctoral training for creative and culturally rooted solutions of contemporary design driven developments.

To support the CA²RE with the  CA²RE+ meta-level discourse and Erasmus+ encouragement, the partnership gathers the most active  members of the CA²RE community.
in association with:
enriched by
Collective Evaluation of Design Driven Doctoral Training
CA²RE+ Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership from 1.10.2019-31.9.2022
Trondheim: CA²RE and CA²RE+
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • CA²RE dates 27-30 March 2020 - POSTPONED - NEW DATES: 10-12 June - VIRTUAL EVENT!
  • CA²RE+TRONDHEIM Erasmus+ project event dates 26-30 March 2020 - POSTPONED - NEW DATES: 10-12 June - VIRTUAL EVENT!
  • chairs: Markus Schwai, Jørgen T. Rellin, Erik F. Hofsbro
  • event: We are delighted to announce the 7th CA²RE Conference for Artistic and Architectural Research,  together with the 2nd in the CA²RE+ event series, entitled Collective Evaluation of Design Driven Doctoral Training. They will take place at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the NTNU in Trondheim (Norway). The Erasmus+ CA²RE+ Learning Teaching Training events (Intensive Study Programme and Joint Staff Training) are organized from March 26th to March 30th. The core of the happening expands into the CA²RE conference from March 27th to March 30th.  
  • more about the CA²RE+ Project: Collective Evaluation of Design Driven Doctoral Training - Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership
  • more about the wholeness of the CA²RE Community
Ghent: CA²RE and CA²RE+
  • 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 Eeckhout, Arnaud Hendrickx, Thierry Lagrange, Jo Van Den Berghe
  • event 
  • abstracts
  • posters and papers
Lisbon: CA²RE
  • 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
Berlin: CA²RE
  • Technical University of Berlin
  • 28 September - 1 October 2018 
  • chairs: Matthias Ballestrem,  Ignacio Borrego, Donatella Fioretti, Ralf Pasel, Jürgen Weidinger
  • event
  • abstracts
  • proceedings
Aarhus: CA²RE
Ljubljana: CA²RE
  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty or Architecture 
  • 8-11 September 2017 
  • chair: Tadeja Zupančič
  • event 
  • abstracts
  • proceedings
Ghent: CA²RE
  • KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas
  • 7-9 April 2017
  • chair: Johan Verbeke +
  • event
  • proceedings
Milano: CA²RE and CA²RE+
  • Politecnico di Milano, DAStU - Department of Architecture and Urban Studies 
  • September/October 2020
  • chairs: Gennaro Postiglione, Allesandro Rocca
Hamburg: CA²RE and CA²RE+
  • Hafencity University Hamburg   
  • March/April 2021
  • chair: Matthias Ballestrem
Ljubljana: CA²RE and CA²RE+
  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture / Academy of Arts and Design 
  • September/October 2021
  • chairs: Tadeja Zupančič, Boštjan Botas Kenda (tbc)
Delft: CA²RE and CA²RE+
  • TU Delft 
  • March/April 2022
  • chairs: Roberto Cavallo, Alper Alkan
Glasgow: CA²RE (tbc)
  • GSA
  • September/October 2022
  • chair: Sally Stewart