A PhD in architecture is an advanced research degree appropriate for those seeking careers in teaching and scholarship in architecture and its related areas, or in roles in government or professional consultation that require depth in specialization and experience in research.
Selected majors/areas of research for a PhD in Architecture include
Architecture, Culture, and Behavior - healthcare facilities that support higher quality care; workplaces that support new models of work; building and urban designs that promote health and active living; public buildings that promote functional and symbolic needs; wayfinding and environmental cognition and perception, and others.
Building Construction - construction management; risk management and decision support systems; integrated construction project delivery systems (design-build, construction management, negotiated team, cost-plus with gmp, bridging, and others); integrated facility management; indoor environment; international construction; construction robotics and automation; e-business in construction; and life cycle cost analysis.
Building Technology - the development and application of advanced knowledge in design processes, evaluation methods, intelligent and adaptive technologies, and indoor environmental factors.
City and Regional Planning - environmental planning, economic development, transportation planning, land and housing economics, urban and regional development, information systems, and land use planning.
Design Theories, Methods and Practices
Environmental Design and Urbanism in Developing Countries
History of Architecture and Urbanism - social formations and intellectual and practical traditions
Industrial Design - design process and design cognition, cultural and behavioral studies, urban design and building form, and design computing.
Social and Cultural Processes in Architecture and Urbanism
Typically requiring two to four years of study beyond the Master's level, a PhD in architecture is expected to prepare graduates in the following areas:
General knowledge of the architecture field - The PhD in architecture is an academic degree, but PhD holders in the field may be interacting with professionals as well as with other scholars. In fact, many may elect to teach in professional schools. Therefore, in addition to academic requirements, it is required that every PhD student be generally knowledgeable of the basic skills of the respective design professions
Major subject -The interfaculty structure and purposes of the program require that students cross disciplinary boundaries. All students must master a major area of their respective field, including the historic development and current state of research on the subject. In addition, every student must demonstrate competence in the methods of inquiry used for research in his or her major subject
Students must typically achieve a thorough grounding in the theory and methods of one of the arts or sciences related to their major subject, such as history of art, cultural history, economics, philosophy, government, sociology, or history of science equivalent to at least one year of full-time graduate study
Languages and mathematics - Candidates for the degree in architecture must normally have a reading knowledge of at least two languages other than English in which there is broad and important literature related to their field or major subject; those in urban planning must have one other language. Every student must have a level of mathematical skills appropriate for research in the major subject
Part- and full-time study options, along with various delivery modes - residential programs, distance education programs and online programs - are also available. US and Canadian PhD programs in architecture welcome foreign students. However, fluency in spoken and written English is critically important.
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