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Issue No2: ADAPT

What does it mean to adapt ?

Shifting needs and circumstances demand architecture and design become fields adaptable to change. Although adapt means to make suitable, to make fit, and to update in response to dynamic surroundings, it can also mean to conform and comply. In times of change, architecture’s adaptability through the design of spaces, material systems, urban environments, and policies should be measured against its purposes. Sometimes, a decision not to adapt could be a viable architectural intervention.

In this issue, we encourage visual submissions that investigate the theme of adaptation through the lens of architecture and design. From examining how buildings can meet the needs of their users, to how architects and designers respond to shifting societal and environmental conditions, we encourage authors of this issue to delve into the intricacies of adaptation.

Our goal is to shed light on the different strategies and approaches that architects and designers can employ to create adaptable and resilient built environments that can withstand the ever-changing needs and conditions of our society.


Deadline: November 1st 2023, 11:59pm EST.

Please email your visual submission or any questions at:

For more information about the visual submission see scope and guidelines below.


Two submission types are currently accepted for publication in the CAJ. Submissions are to align with one of the following: visual or research essay.

__Visual submissions are intended for image-based work illustrating a developed concept. Submissions can include studio projects, photo essays, and other graphically-driven submissions with short accompanying texts (300-600 words). CAJ welcomes submissions which revisit authors’ previous work with the theme “adapt” in mind.
(CALL OPEN until November 1st)

__Research essay submissions (3000-4000 words) are intended for text-based work pursuing an academic research question in a particular field of study. Accompanying visual materials (5 images max.) are highly encouraged. 


All submissions are to be formatted in a Microsoft Word document (.docx) using Times New Roman, size 12 font. Double spacing and standard 2.5 cm margins should be used. All images should be at least 300 PPI and be captioned by the author. Authors will be responsible for securing permissions to publish any images not created by them (i.e. third-party images). 

Please include a cover page with project title, type of submission (research essay or visual essay), your name, date of completion, level of study (U1, U2, M1, M2…), and faculty of study. If completed as part of a registered course, the name of the professor in charge and the course name are to be provided as well. Both French and English submissions are welcome.

Please note, submissions are restricted to current and former undergraduate and graduate students from McGill University.

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