We are happy to announce the 11th CA²RE conference together with the 6th CA²RE+ Intensive Study Programme for Doctoral Candidates and Joint Staff Training within the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership CA²RE+ for Practice & Design Driven Research.

The Conference for Artistic and Architectural Research (CA²RE) is supported by the project Collective Evaluation of Design Driven Doctoral Training (CA²RE+).

Design Driven Research comprises various forms of research in architecture, design and the arts, in which design results are implemented as a means of generating and disseminating knowledge. This includes contemporary alternative formulations of the field, like Artistic Research, Research by Design, Practice Driven/Based/Led Research, Creative Practice Research. CA²RE+ develops an experiential research evaluation environment. CA²RE+ explicates the transformative and innovative power of highly individual strategies in artistic research, the diversity of research traditions and the integrative nature of architectural design research, able to face the contemporary knowledge fragmentation from humanities, social sciences and technology. It sheds light on the interdisciplinary relevance of convergent thinking, mastering wicked problems, open-ended processes, resilience and risk, as well as orientation to the future, all featured in Design Driven Research. It unfolds the didactic relevance of Design Driven Research for training creative professionals on how to use the integrative power of design thinking to master open-ended processes while solving contemporary spatial challenges (sociological, climate-change-related, political).

CA²RE/CA²RE+ is intended to bring together senior staff, advanced researchers and early-career researchers to understand, scrutinize and improve research quality through an intensive peer review at key research stages. The conferences are platforms to develop a Collective Learning Environment through the Evaluation of Design Driven Research Training; to create Evidence of Design Driven Research Learning Environment and Evaluation Materials; to identify the Design Driven Research Strategies, to explicate the Design Driven Research Evaluation process and to prepare the Design Driven Research Framework. We wish to contribute to the open and diverse fields that exist in architectural, design and artistic research, to include 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. At this conference, we would also like to rethink and reformulate Design Driven Research to share our contributions with other research areas, especially in humanities and social sciences. In this respect, particular emphasis will be given to Design Driven Doctoral Research (DDDr) and the ways it is endorsed by the CA²RE+ network organizations partners EAAE, ARENA and ELIA.


CA²RE/CA²RE+ DELFT is a five-day event around a program of research sessions, workshops, and invited lectures. Due to the current pandemic situation, the conference is planned as a hybrid event during which online attendance and participation will be free of charge.


  • PhD CANDIDATES AND OTHER RESEARCHERS in the diverse fields of DDDr at any stage of their research to present and discuss their work
  • STAFF MEMBERS FROM THE CA²RE+ CONSORTIUM INSTITUTIONS that are new to DDDr or the CA²RE research evaluation context to apply for participation in JOINT STAFF TRAINING (JST)


We invite motivated researchers from the diverse fields of design-driven research at any stage of their research to apply for presenting and discussing their projects at the conference.


We invite staff members from the CA²RE+ consortium institutions that are new to the Design Driven research or doctoral evaluation for participation in JOINT STAFF TRAINING (JST) during the conference.

Important dates:

Nov 23, 2021: Publication of the Call for Contributions
Jan 17 24, 2022: 1st Stage Submission – extended deadline!
Feb 14, 2022: Notification of Acceptance
March 7, 2022: Submission 2
March 28 – April 1, 2022: Conference
May 16, 2022: Final Submission for Online Proceedings and Database

We are looking forward to welcome you to Delft virtually or, if possible, physically!