Conference 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 seeking to offer a joint platform for research in all fields of architecture, design and arts. This 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 is to support early-career researchers, PhD students and Postdocs in the fields of architecture and the arts, and 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 will be hosted in September 2018 at the Institute for Architecture of the Technische Universität Berlin, in association with ARENA, EAAE and ELIA. CA²RE Berlin is organized by professors of Technische Universität Berlin, HafenCity Universität Hamburg and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. CA²RE is intended to bring together senior staff and early-career researchers to improve research quality through an intensive peer review at key intermediate stages. It wishes to contribute to the open and diverse fields that exist in architectural and artistic research, gathering all kind of approaches.

The conference will support established research methods, but especially welcomes new and emerging fields such as research by design and artistic/creative practice. There will be a special focus on prototypes and artifacts.

The event will invite researchers, at whatever stage of their research, to meet and participate in two-way discussions. Above all, CA²RE wishes to offer a lively, diverse and inclusive environment that brings together young researchers within a multi-disciplinary setting. 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 TU Berlin CA²RE event is the fourth in the CA²RE series, following the Ghent early-April 2017 initiative of the KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture, the second CA²RE conference at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture, and the third on April 2018 at the Aarhus School of Architecture. Further editions will be hosted in other cities across Europe. The March/April 2019 event will be hosted by the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Architecture. In September/October 2019 we move back to Ghent, and in March/April 2020 our host is the Glasgow School of Art.

List of previous and future CA²RE events


During this two-day event, the selected participants will present their PhD research for 30 minutes each, and then it will 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 prototypes, artifacts, 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 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.

Registration fee includes printing of poster, information material, conference dinner, coffee breaks: 150 Euros


January 2018

14 May
Abstract Submission opens

11 June
Abstract submission deadline, registration opens

02 July
Notification of Acceptance

31 August
Poster Submission Deadline/Registration Deadline

28 September – 01 October


Magdalena Droste
Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg

Wolfgang Jonas
Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig

Wolfgang Schäffner
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Prof. Dr. Matthias Ballestrem(HCU Hamburg)

Prof. Dr. Ignacio Borrego (TU Berlin)

Prof. Donatella Fioretti (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf)

Prof. Ralf Pasel (TU Berlin)

Prof. Jürgen Weidinger (TU Berlin)


Prof. Dr. Matthias Ballestrem
HafenCity University, Hamburg

Prof. Joao Barbosa Sequeira, PhD
University of Lisbon

Prof. Dr. Ignacio Borrego
Institute of Architecture, TU Berlin

Dr. Andrea Braidt, Vice-Rector Art / Research,
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria

Prof. Dr. Margitta Buchert
Faculty of Architecture and Landscape, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Prof. Charlotte Bundgaard, PhD, Associate Professor, Head of Research
Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark

Corneel Cannaerts, PhD
Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven

Prof. Dr. Roberto Cavallo
Department of Architecture, TU Delft

Riet Eckhout, PhD
Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven

Prof. Donatella Fioretti
Academy of Fine Arts, Düsseldorf

Prof. Dr. Oya Atalay Franck, Director
ZHAW School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering

Prof. Murray Fraser,
Vice-Dean of Research of the Faculty of the Built Environment
The Bartlett School of Architecture

Prof. Dr. Eduard Führ
BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Dr. Lidia Gasperoni
Institute of Architecture, TU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Susanne Hauser
Institute of History and Theory of Design,
University of the Arts UdK Berlin

Prof. Arnaud Hendrickx, PhD
Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven

Anne Katrine Hougaard, PhD
Institute of Architecture, TU Berlin
KADK Copenhagen

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jonas
HBK Braunschweig

Dr. Matevž Juvačič
Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana

Prof. Anders Kruse Aagaard, PhD
Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark

Prof. Thierry Lagrange, PhD
Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven

Prof. Dr. Sergio Martín de Blas
School of Architecture of Madrid, Politechnical University Madrid

Prof. Ralf Pasel, Deputy Managing Director
Institute of Architecture, TU Berlin

Prof. Claus Peder Pedersen, PhD, Head of PhD School
Aarhus School of Architecture

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Rocca
Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Politecnico di Milano

Prof. Dr. Edite Rosa
University of Porto, Faculty of Architecture

Prof. Filipa Roseta Vaz Monteiro, PhD
Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schäffner, Professor
HU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Schultheiss, Dean of Studies
Faculty of Design, University of the Arts UdK Berlin

Prof. Sally Stewart, Head of School
Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art

Prof. Dr. Eli Støa, NTNU
Department of Architecture and Planning, Oslo

Prof. Dr. Johan Van Den Berghe
Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven

Bostjan Vuga

Prof. Jürgen Weidinger
Institute of Landscape Architecture, TU Berlin

Dr. Cyrus Zahiri
bblz – landschaften städtebau architektur

Prof. Dr. Tadeja Zupančič, Vice Dean for Research
Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana


Prof. Dr. Ignacio Borrego


Institute for Architecture
Technische Universität Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 152
10623 Berlin, Germany


The venue is in the west of Berlin at Ernst-Reuter-Platz.

Travel: You can fly to both Berlin airports: Tegel and Schönefeld.

From Tegel: Bus X9 to Ernst-Reuter-Platz
From Schönefeld:
– Train to center (Alexanderplatz) + Metro U2 to Ernst-Reuter-Platz
– S9 to Berlin Zoologischer Garten + Bus M45 to Ernst-Reuter-Platz
(Please allow 1 hour for the ride)

For Accomodation we recommend to book a hotel in the proximity of Ernst-Reuter-Platz. Between S-Bahn Stations Tiergarten, Zoologischer Garten and North of Kurfürstendamm you can find numerous hotels in all categories.


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Registration fee includes printing of poster, information material, conference dinner, coffee breaks: 150 Euros


  • Please provide max 1-page text (2400 characters without spaces) for the abstract, a title and minimum 3 keywords.
  • Indicate whether you intend to do a presentation, an exhibition, a performance or other forms of disseminating of creative and artistic research. There will be an special focus on prototypes and artifacts.
  • If relevant please provide visual material in a pdf that supports your abstract.
  • Make sure that text and visual material is anonymous.

All submissions are handled through EasyChair via this link: