The PhD in Architecture opens a training and advanced high-level research and intended not only to those who are in the gym, but also those who exercise professional practice, for whom this course presents the possibility to deepen their knowledge and develop skills in the field of architecture. It integrates the practical design work in architecture as advanced research form, placing it in the context of scientific research. It intends to develop in the current international environment, to ensure the placement of students in competitive global media and provide them with skills comparable to international academic level; provide cross-disciplinary knowledge on conceptual issues, formal and practical with application in research, critical thinking, planning and execution of works having as a framework of areas the landscape, in a comprehensive way, as well as the questions of the nature of built heritage (monumental , industrial, civilian), a more specific way.
Considering the value of the culturalist approach, with foundations in the technical field, the architecture recognizes the its scope and relevance in a wide range of areas. Despite such comprehensiveness identify more specific areas of the valences of advanced training in architecture, especially in a "by design" approach, such as: workshops professional practice of architecture; university education (1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles); integration into advanced research teams (post-doctoral); integration in the framework of working teams in the planning and intervention in the territory and the built heritage, particularly in municipal, regional and national structures.