for Artistic and Architectural (Doctoral) 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 (Doctoral) Research, proceeds from the previous ARM (Architectural Research Moments) symposia, with a flavour of the PRS (Practice Research Symposium). It will be hosted in early-Septemberl 2017 at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture, in association with ARENA, EAAE and ELIA. 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.

The Ljubljana CA²RE event is the second in the CA²RE series, following the Ghent early-April 2017 initiative of the KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture. Further editions will be hosted in other cities across Europe. The Aarhus School of Architecture is planning to host one in March/April 2018. The Technical University of  Berlin is hosting the one in September/October 2018. The March/April 2019 event will be hosed by the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Architecture. In September/October 2019 we move back to Ghent. In March/April 2020 our host is the Glasgow School of Art. 

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.



GHENT - KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas: 7-9 April 2017
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AARHUS - Aarhus School of Architecture: 13-15th April 2018
BERLIN - Technical University of Berlin: 26-28th October 2018
LISBON - University of Lisbon, Faculty of Architecture: March/April 2019
GHENT - KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas: September/October 2019
8.-11. SEPTEMBER 2017
in association with ARENA, EAAE and ELIA
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture, Zoisova 12, 1000 Ljubljana


Schedule - version 11/9/2017

Book of Abstracts - version 11/9/2017

Proceedings - version 15/3/2018

Travelling & Accommodation

Venue - location

Venue - floor plan


Registration fee (including proceedings, conference dinner, lunches and drinks):
• 50 Euros for individual registration (including refreshments and lunches on both days)
• 60 Euros for registering both a PhD candidate and a senior researcher participating in the review panel from the same institution.
• 50 Euros to register for the group dinner on Saturday evening (not included in the normal registration fee).

Tadeja Zupancic (

Submission of abstract for peer review: 15th May 2017 - extended to 31th May 2017
Notification of acceptance: 15th June 2017 - extended to 30th June 2017
Registration: from 15th May 2017 onwards - open until 31th July 2017
Submission of full text for publication: 31th July 2017
Payment of fee: 31th July 2017
Conference dates: 8th - 11th September 2017

Submission of abstracts: closed.

Full paper submission: closed.

Scientific Committee:
Johan Verbeke - in memoriam!, Murray Fraser, Johan Van Den Berghe, Arnaud Hendrickx, Claus Peder Pedersen, Oya Atalay Franck, Roberto Cavallo, Andrea Braidt, Joao Barbosa Sequeira, Tadeja Zupančič, Eli Støa, Filipa Roseta Vaz Monteiro, Jürgen Weidinger, Sally Stewart, Alessandro Rocca, Edite Rosa, Debora Domingo Calabuig, Dimitri Vangrunderbeek, Aulikki Herneoja, Gunnar Parelius, Susanne Komossa, Irena Fialova, Matevž Juvačič, Špela Verovšek

Organizing Committee:
Tadeja Zupančič, Špela Verovšek, Ana Kreč, Anja Jutraž

Boštjan Vuga

ProceeDings Database:
Gabriel Wurzer

The proceedings of this event will be published online.

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