Doctorate Degrees in Architecture

Compare 14 PhD Programs in Architecture

As the highest level of education possible, earning a PhD requires three to four years of intensive research on average. Students pair with an academic supervisor who is an expert in their chosen field to help them create their thesis, which will be reviewed in an oral viva voce.

What is a PhD in Architecture? As one of the oldest disciplines, a PhD program in this field revolves around the planning, design, and construction of buildings. This field incorporates numerous principles from engineering so students can learn how to build structures designed to stand for decades or centuries and withstand weather, high winds, and other natural forces. In addition to aesthetics and art, architecture includes other practical construction disciplines, such as plumbing, electrical engineering, and physics.

Students who choose to work toward a PhD in Architecture benefit by developing a strong set of skills that will be useful once they enter their career. Engineering essentials are passed on to students, as well as planning, organizing, and leadership capabilities.

The expenses students face for earning their PhD vary on many factors, from the school and country of study to the number of years their chosen program requires. A minimum of two or three years is typical.

The most common application of a PhD degree is entering academia. This means that most students who graduate with a PhD in Architecture become college professors or researchers to further develop architectural understanding and knowledge. While this is the most common application, it is also possible to pursue traditional careers with this kind of degree. You could be an architect and work either independently or with a firm.

There are many options for your PhD program. Think about whether you would enjoy studying online, in a local school, or elsewhere in the world. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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PhD in Architecture

University of Minho - School of Arquitecture
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2018 Portugal Guimarães

The Doctoral Program offered by the School of Architecture of the University of Minho at Guimarães (EAUM) confers the degree of Doctor in Architecture in three subject areas: [+]

The Doctoral Program offered by the School of Architecture of the University of Minho at Guimarães (EAUM) confers the degree of Doctor in Architecture in three subject areas:

City and Territory; Construction and Technology; Architectural Culture.

With several years of experience, its main objectives are to develop different research skills and methods through the use of conceptual and methodological frameworks that contribute to the expansion of the broad disciplinary field of Architecture.

This Doctoral Program profile, equivalent to 180 ECTS, lasts 6 semesters. The program is subdivided into two alternative plans, A and B:

Plan A: Includes two semesters, with obligatory frequency in curricular course units, followed by four months for the thesis development. For de academic year 2016/2017, the course opens with Constructions and Technology under the theme "Innovative Systems for Construction and Rehabilitation". The 1st call on applications opens from the 1st to the 20th of July 2016; the 2nd call from August 15 to September 16, 2016. The Seminar "Innovative Systems for Construction and Rehabilitation" will count with the support of renowned national and international experts and it should provide a scientific and critical reflection on emerging and fundamental issues on contemporary thinking in construction and technology on architecture.... [-]


PhD in Architecture

University of Portsmouth
Campus Full time October 2018 United Kingdom Portsmouth

The School of Architecture’s researchers work in a wide range of projects in the areas of architecture, interior design, urban design, and conservation. [+]

Ph.D. in Architecture Research overview

The School of Architecture’s researchers work in a wide range of projects in the areas of architecture, interior design, urban design, and conservation. Our research is undertaken in collaboration with academic, charitable, community and commercial groups outside the University and many of our full-time academics have practiced as architects and designers. This ensures that our research is up-to-date and reflects the current and future needs of the industry and the wider built environment sector.

Research areas

The Portsmouth School of Architecture welcomes applications from candidates wishing to pursue a higher degree by research. We can provide supervision across a range of areas, including Sustainable Architecture, Architecture and Urban Design, Regeneration, Architectural History and Theory, Interior Design Practice, Architecture, and Design Pedagogy.... [-]


PhD in Architecture, Design, Planning

University of Camerino the international School of Advanced Studies
Campus Full time 3 years November 2018 Italy Camerino

Area: architecture, design, planning [+]

Area: architecture, design, planning Architecture, theories, and design Innovation design Sustainable urban planning

Access mode - Free access

Teaching locations - Ascoli Piceno - Satellite site of Camerino University

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PhD In Architecture

Universidade Lusófona do Porto
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2018 Portugal Porto

The PhD in Architecture, University of Porto Lusophone has as main objective the training of researchers and teachers in the area of ​​Architecture. This proposal seeks to meet the need for an innovative and creative training in the country and in the Lusophone space in their area of ​​expertise, architecture. [+]

Conditions of Entry

a) Holders of master's degree or equivalent in architecture or related fields b) Bachelor's degree holders, holders of a relevant academic or scientific curriculum recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this EC by C. C .from SCAIT -ULHT and the DC-FCATI ULP; c) Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this EC by DC and the DC SCAIT the FCATI.

It is intended to capture a student profile: 1) interested in research on the integration of architecture in society, considering the areas that interact with it, particularly from the social point of view, cultural, technical and economic; 2) open to interdisciplinary knowledge; 3) committed to promote, in academic and or professional contexts, technological, social or cultural progress.... [-]


PhD in Architecture

University Of Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture
Campus Full time Part time 3 years October 2018 Slovenia Ljubljana + 1 more

The doctoral study programme in Architecture lasts 3 years (6 semesters) and is comprised of a total of 180 ects–credits. [+]

Ph.D. in ArchitectureThe doctoral study programme in Architecture lasts 3 years (6 semesters) and is comprised of a total of 180 ects–credits.The study programme includes 60 ects–credits in organized study form, and 120 ects–credits of individual research work (basic or applied research). The organized forms are comprised of a general, architectural module and interdisciplinary optional modules, as well as of an annual research presentation (ranging from the presentation of the study plan to the defense of the dissertation).The scientific title acquired by the doctoral student in the field of architecture is Doctor of Science. The abbreviated form of the title placed in front of the name is Dr.Baisc GoalsThe programme trains the independent scientific researcher in the widest problem area of architectural issues, demonstrating responsibility towards the cultural region and excellence at an international level. Responsibility for architecture as both a field of scientific research and a cultural region derives from the significance of architectural design, the quality of buildings harmonizing with the environment, respect for natural and urban landscapes, whichis in the public interest. The quality of physical space is protected in the public interest by Slovenian and Europeanlegislation.General competencies... [-]


PhD Architectural Design (Social Science)

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 3 years April 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

This programme provides candidates an opportunity to develop an architectural thesis using design as a key component of the methodology exploring an approved topic of their own selection and definition. Whilst the design-based component of the project may be drawn, modeled, filmed, built, etc, candidates will be required to incorporate this research as an integral component of an accompanying written thesis. [+]

Good architecture embraces a holistic approach to design and as a consequence, the environmental strategies embodied within buildings present considerable challenges. They need to reconcile the often conflicting considerations of climate, building function and user expectation, while at the same time being mindful of energy-related carbon emissions.

Projects in environmental design typically reflect the integrated nature of these strategies and explore areas such as natural ventilation, passive heating and cooling, solar protection, fabric thermal storage, daylight and solar strategies and architectural acoustics. These are intrinsically linked to the tectonics of architecture and considerable potential exists to explore the opportunities offered where these overlaps occur, eg the environmental performance of facades, natural ventilation of high rise buildings, etc. Urban design is concerned with the city as a field of analysis and intervention.... [-]


PhD Architecture (Science)

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 3 years April 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

This PhD addresses the core of architecture including design as research and research that supports and stimulates design. Research is undertaken collaboratively on a multinational basis with industry, engineers and other research groups. [+]

This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or a master's degree at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element). It is usually completed over a period of three years.

Research overview

This PhD addresses the core of architecture including design as research and research that supports and stimulates design. Research is undertaken collaboratively on a multinational basis with industry, engineers and other research groups. This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or a master's degree at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element). It is usually completed over a period of three years.... [-]


PhD Architecture (Social Science)

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 3 years April 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or masters degree at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element). It is usually completed over a period of three years. [+]

Facilities

This Ph.D. is based on the Faculty of Engineering. There has been a continuous investment in the buildings and facilities in the department. The computing facilities (complete with the software you will need), building technology laboratories and technical workshop, digital fabrication suite and model making workshop will provide you with additional tools for investigative analysis.

The Marmont Centre for Renewable Energy contains research laboratories that are equipped with a variety of technologies including photovoltaic panels, solar collectors, light pipes, wind turbines and ground source heat pumps. The laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for research into passive cooling, heat recovery, solar/wind/ground energy systems, absorption technology, heat pump systems, ventilation systems, indoor air quality and thermal comfort.... [-]


Official Doctoral Program In Architecture And Urbanism

Universidade da Coruña
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2018 Spain A Coruña + 1 more

The official program of Doctorate in "Architecture and Urbanism" is organized by the University of A Coruña. Being a unique degree in the University System of Galicia is intended to collect research activities in these disciplines in the Autonomous Community of Galicia, but without giving up its expansion at national and international level. [+]

Introduction

The official program of Doctorate in "Architecture and Urbanism" Is organized by the University of A Coruña. Being a unique degree in the University System of Galicia is intended to collect research activities in these disciplines in the Autonomous Community of Galicia, but without giving up its expansion at national and international level.

The program is aimed at training doctors in the different disciplines of Architecture and Urbanism. As it is a question of answering researches with very different fields, the program has seven lines of research that respond to the areas of knowledge typical of architecture and urbanism and that form the student in the knowledge of degree and master. These are:... [-]


PhD In Architecture

Universidade de Évora
Campus Full time 3 years October 2018 Portugal Évora

The PhD in Architecture opens a space for training and high-level advanced research aimed 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 . [+]

PRESENTATION

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.... [-]


Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture

Aalto University
Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Finland Espoo Helsinki Pori Mikkeli + 3 more

The Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture offers an international doctoral programme for those seeking careers in art, design, film, media or architecture. Studies leading to a doctoral degree can be taken in all research fields represented at the School. The normative time to take the degree for full-time doctoral students is four years. [+]

Doctoral studies in Arts, Design, and Architecture have been offered since the 1910's. From 1981 onwards the main degree has been the Doctor of Arts degree.

The Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture offers an international doctoral programme for those seeking careers in art, design, film, media or architecture. Studies leading to a doctoral degree can be taken in all research fields represented at the School. The normative time to take the degree for full-time doctoral students is four years.The special feature of the programme is that the dissertation can also include art or design productions. Department of Art, Department of Design, Department of Film, Television, and Scenography and Department of Media offer doctoral studies for Doctor of Arts degree.The Department of Architecture is the oldest and largest of the three departments of architecture in Finland. The first publication of a doctoral dissertation took place in 1921, and since then over fifty candidates have been awarded their doctoral degrees. Postgraduate degree studies are offered for Doctor of Science (Architecture) degrees.Doctoral education at the School of Arts, Design, and Architecture is internationally interactive, and the School encourages researcher mobility to foster the exchange of ideas, research collaboration, and career development. Annually approx. 15 Doctors of Arts and one or two Doctors of Science (Architecture) are graduating. The employment situation of the graduates is very good.The research database, ReseDa gives information about doctoral students and their research projects. You may browse the information by the individual researcher, unit or field... [-]


Interinstitutional Doctoral Program In Architecture

Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes
Campus Full time 3 years July 2018 Mexico Aguascalientes

The PIDA is a postgraduate of high academic level, recognized by the National Postgraduate Program of Quality (PNPC) of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) as Consolidated Program. It emerged in an alliance of Universities of the Center-West Region, which, uniting their resources and competences, today offer a program that reaches the highest quality standards, which is decisively contributed by its Basic Academic Core, made up of twenty- academic training, high level of qualification and great experience in the field of research in Architecture. [+]

The PIDA is a postgraduate of high academic level, recognized by the National Postgraduate Program of Quality (PNPC) of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) as Consolidated Program. It emerged in an alliance of Universities of the Center-West Region, which, uniting their resources and competences, today offer a program that reaches the highest quality standards, which is decisively contributed by its Basic Academic Core, made up of twenty- academic training, high level of qualification and great experience in the field of research in Architecture. This doctoral program of great academic quality has existed since the year 2002 and was a pioneer of its kind in the Central Western Region of the country; in which the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, the University of Colima, the University of Guanajuato and the Michoacan University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo participate.... [-]


PhD in Architecture

University of Tehran - Kish International Campus
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2018 Iran Tehran

The Architecture Ph.D. provides a number of different study options from individual module choices to specialist pathways in Cultural Identity and Globalization, History, Theory, Digital Media. [+]

Typical employment destinations for Architecture Ph.D. graduates include architectural practice but also there are other design disciplines as well: media and the arts. This course would allow its graduates to find positions in research or academia.

Course overview

The Architecture Ph.D. provides a number of different study options from individual module choices to specialist pathways in Cultural Identity and Globalization, History, Theory, Digital Media.

Special interests

Contemporary architecture; Architectural expression; Architectural design; Architecture in Iran; Human and environment; programming and designing approaches; Architecture and development; Building procedural, etc.... [-]


PhD in Architecture

Izmir Institute of Technology
Campus Full time September 2018 Turkey İzmir

The department of architecture was established in 1995 as part of the Graduate School of Engineering and Sciences. [+]

Ph.D. in Architecture

General Information

The department of architecture was established in 1995 as part of the Graduate School of Engineering and Sciences. The Department offered only graduate programs leading to masters and doctoral degrees until 1998 when the undergraduate program was launched. The Department of Architecture aims at education innovative researchers in architecture and combining excellence in education with cutting-edge research. The objectives of the graduate program are: Graduating students with a high critical-capacity, theoretically equipped, having the abilities to develop new perspectives and researching with contemporary methods and tools; and producing information for the use different accumulations and technologies both in the profession and, in general, for the benefit of society. The graduates play active roles in Turkey and international platforms. As part of its research objectives, the Department focuses on uniting theory with practice, through collaboration links with entities across IZTECH campus and within the IZMIR Technopark Area. The education staff consists of young and energetic academicians who are graduates of various top-rated national and international schools. Graduate students have the possibilities of being incorporated into a project or conveying their dissertations in a research project supported by the institution.... [-]