March 23, 2008 - Canadian Centre for Architecture - James Stirling Memorial Lecture
March 23, 2008

James Stirling Memorial Lecture


A collaboration between the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
and The Cities Programme, London School of Economics

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Conceived in homage to architect James Stirling, who believed that urban design is integral to the practice of architecture and a vital topic for public debate, the James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City competition was inaugurated in November 2003 as a unique forum for the advancement of new critical perspectives on the role of urban design and urban architecture in the development of cities worldwide.

The intent of this bi-annual lecture competition is to promote innovative approaches to urban phenomena, and to re-position architecture at the centre of debates on the city of the 21st century. We are seeking proposals for research projects that provoke critical as well as theoretical debate and simultaneously advance practical knowledge. The previous recipients are Teddy Cruz of San Diego (2004–2005) and Eyal Weizman of London (2006–2007).

The 2008–2009 James Stirling Lecture will be presented in autumn 2008 at the CCA in Montréal, and in fall 2009 at the LSE in London. The Stirling Lecturer will receive an award of 5,000 CAD, in addition to travel expenses in connection with the Montréal and London presentations.

Applicants must submit their material by registering on the CCA website at the following address:

The submissions must contain the following:
• curriculum vitae (maximum 5 pages);
• abstract of proposed lecture (maximum 250 words);
• a research plan (maximum 1500 words and 5 images), which should include a description of the genesis of the proposed topic within the context of the applicant’s research and design work, as well as a general plan for conducting research and developing the project.

Submissions must be sent in one pdf file. All materials must be submitted in English. The winning lecture will be presented in English.

Deadline Submissions must be received by 28 March 2008.

Applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision no later than 30 May 2008.

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