PhD Architecture

University of Kent, Kent School of Architecture

Program Description

PhD Architecture

University of Kent, Kent School of Architecture

PhD Architecture

Architects and the designers of our surroundings are the driving force behind the design and development of our built environment. Whether they are designing new buildings, giving a new lease of life to existing ones, developing urban spaces, landscapes or contemporary interiors, architects have a profound influence on all our lives.

The Kent School of Architecture (KSA) offers a two-year full-time ‘professional’ Master of Architecture (MArch) which gives exemption from ARB/RIBA Part 2 on completion. The School also offers a research degree programme (PhD) and taught Master’s programmes in Architecture and Urban Design, Architectural Visualisation, Architectural Conservation, and Architecture and Sustainable Environment. These programmes also benefit from expertise in urban studies, animation and art within other schools at Kent.

School staff have design expertise and specialist knowledge; they are at the forefront of current architectural issues, including sustainability, technology, professional practice and research.

Course structure

The Kent School of Architecture offers a full-time and part-time research programme, leading to a PhD research degree. The School promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research study in architecture, urbanism and related fields. The main objective is to combine contemporary advanced research with an educational agenda, preparing candidates to practise in a global academic and professional world.

A particular feature of the KSA research degree programme is the wide spectrum of investigation and the possibility of undertaking research by design.

PhD students have access to all University of Kent facilities and a weekly seminar designed for research students only. Each candidate is entitled to two supervisors.

The Programme Director is Professor Gordana Fontana-Giusti. KSA supervisors include: Prof Gerald Adler, Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou, Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt, Dr Richard Watkins, Dr David Haney, Dr Luciano Cardellicchio, Dr Manolo Guerci and Dr Giri Renganathan.

Staff are active in research and give papers at conferences nationally and internationally.

Postgraduate resources

The School of Architecture studios include a dedicated computing suite with a range of environmental construction software, and a new digital crit studio. There is a fully equipped architectural model-making workshop for constructing models and large-scale prototypes.

Professional links

The School has excellent contacts with businesses and culture in the local area, including regional organisations such as the Kent Architecture Centre, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Kent County Council and Kent Design Initiative. The Sustainable Communities Plan is particularly strong in south-east England, making the region the ideal place in which to debate innovative solutions to architectural issues.

Kent also has excellent links with schools of architecture in Lille, Bruges, Rome, Bauhaus-Dessau, Beijing, Venice, Istanbul and, in the USA, Virginia and California.

Academic study is complemented by a mentoring scheme organised in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and involving students in events with local practices.

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Architectural Research Quarterly; Architectural Review; Building and Environment; The Journal of Architecture; The World of Interiors; Journal of the Society of Antiquaries; and Architectural History. Details of recently published books can be found within our staff research interests.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.1 honours degree, plus a Master’s degree or MArch in architecture or an appropriate subject, or equivalent track record and professional experience in architecture.

As part of your application you are required to provide a CV and a detailed research proposal which should include the following:

<ul> <li>have a suggested title</li> <li>be clearly written and demonstrates engagement with an area in one of the two Research Centres of the School</li> <li>demonstrates originality</li> <li>the proposed methodology</li> <li>timescale (FT PhD's are expected to be completed within three years)</li> <li>bibliography</li>

If you have a prefered supervisor, please do state that in the application.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 24, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
3 - 6 years
Part time
Full time
3,996 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Canterbury, England
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Duration 3 - 6 years
Price 3,996 GBP
- UK/EU (Full-time); £13340 Overseas