Dates: 8th – 9th April 2017 (starting on the evening of 7th April)

The event will be followed by a meeting for doctoral supervisors on the morning of 10th April 2017.

Place: KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas, Hoogstraat 51, B-9000 Ghent.

In collaboration with ARENA, EAAE and ELIA

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-April 2017 at the KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture’s Sint-Lucas Campus in Ghent, in collaboration with LUCA School of Arts, 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.

Following this first event in Ghent in early-April 2017, the plan then is to host further editions in other cities across Europe. Therefore, subsequent CA2RE events already are scheduled on 8th – 10th September 2017 in Ljubljana and at the Aarhus School of Architecture in 2018. We welcome further proposals for hosting the event.

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.

Format: During this two-day event, the selected participants will present their 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 participants that are selected, parallel sessions will be organised if necessary. It is preferable that all participants attend the full two days as the conference is framed as a collective experience that will be important for the learning process and for networking.

Scientific Committee (TBC): Johan Verbeke, Murray Fraser, Fredrik Nilsson, Johan Van Den Berghe, Arnaud Hendrickx, Claus Peder Pedersen, Kevin McCartney, Oya Atalay Franck, Roberto Cavallo, Andrea Braidt, Maarten Vanvolsem, Joao Barbosa Sequeira, Tadeja Zupancic, Eli Støa.

Organising committee: Johan Verbeke, Johan Van Den Berghe, Arnaud Hendrickx, Marlies Vreeswijk, Anneleen Van der Veken, Inge Claessens.


Submission of abstract for peer review: 15th December 2016

Notification of acceptance: 15th January 2017

Registration: from 15th December 2016 onwards

Submission of full text for publication: 28th February 2017

Conference dates: 7th – 9th April 2017

Keynote: TBD

The conference connects to the ‘Impact by Designing’ Conference on 6th – 7th April 2017.

The proceedings of this event will be published online.

Registration fee :

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.

Registration for the group dinner on Saturday evening (not included in the normal registration fee): 50 Euros

Contact: Marlies Vreeswijk and prof. dr. Johan Verbeke (

Submission of abstracts:

Hotels in Ghent we recommend (45 minute train ride from Brussels).

PDF CA²RE (Conference for Artistic and Architectural (Doctoral) Research)


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