Adrienne Costa

Université de Montréal


Université de Montréal, Faculté de l'Aménagement, 2940 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Room 2069, Montréal, QC, Canada, H3T 1B9
C.P. 6128 Succursale Centre-ville, Montréal, QC H3C 3J7

Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence

Laboratoire d'Étude de l'Archtecture Potentielle

Adrienne Costa is a Ph.D. student of Montreal University (UdeM), with, as tutors, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Ph.D., and Rémi Papillault, HDR, within the framework of a cotutelle convention with the National Toulouse Architecture School (ENSAT).

After accomplishing her architecture studies at Paris Belleville (ENSAPB) and Toulouse (ENSAT) in 2006, she created her firm in 2010 in the Pyrénées-Orientales, constructed mainly academic and social buildings (CROUS of Perpignan) and took part to competitions (Cathedral Space in Perpignan). Since 2012, she teaches with the National Toulouse Architecture School.

Her doctoral research establishes section through the history of architectural representation, considering its links with resistance doctrines which may occur during crises of the discipline and the profession.

The section, a manifestation of doctrinal resistances to architectural crisis

The section, abstractive figuration, allows showing a sight of the invisible: the inside, the outside, the ground, the sky, what divides them, links them or includes one into the other. It shows the shades of proportions and the relationships between man and nature. This results it to be a visualization device as well as a theoretical device; a geometric construction as well as an analytical drawing.

Whereas architects have numeric technologies which offer the possibility of showing volumes as they are wanted to be seen, the section shows them as they will not be seen, but as they are designed, built and as a tangible experience. Looking to the section today, is to take account of the context in which software and 3D models are conceived, in such a way it is nearly impossible to start drawing – and so thinking- a project from the point of view of the section.

By analyzing sections acting as manifests, collected from treaties and publications, it is wished to identify the disciplinary and professional inputs of the architectural section as a theoretical retroactive and reflexive tool for designing and teaching.

How does the section, as a theoretical and practical instrument for a doctrinal body, positions in the field of architectural representation studies in front of professional crises and disciplinary mutations?