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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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11 Results in Architecture

Universidad Autonoma de 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 (CO ... [+]

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.... [-]

Mexico Aguascalientes
July 2019
Spanish
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Universidade Lusófona do 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 t ... [+]

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.... [-]

Portugal Porto
October 2019
Portuguese (Portugal)
Full-time
6 semesters
Campus
University of Tehran, Kish International Campus

The Ph.D. degree program in Architecture Engineering is for the person who wishes to investigate architecture and the built environment in focused projects that unfold ov ... [+]

Introduction:

The Ph.D. degree program in Architecture Engineering is for the person who wishes to investigate architecture and the built environment in focused projects that unfold over a span of years. Students embarking on a doctorate conduct original research that yields new insights into past, current, and future developments of architecture and building practices. Doctoral Studies promotes independent critical thinkers and research specialists across a range of fields within the increasingly broad fields of architecture and the built environment.

The province of the Ph.D. is the exploration of new territories of design research, contributions to the knowledge base of the discipline, and steps toward the redefinition of aspects of design. The program also develops advanced technical research skills to prepare students for a career in industry, academia and other settings in which systematic and critical analytical skills are required. Candidates are supported and engaged in communities of practice where learning is fundamentally a social phenomenon; where knowledge is integrated into the life of these communities that share interests, ideas, discourses, ways of doing things and exploring the boundaries of design thinking.... [-]

Iran Tehran
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
Izmir Institute of Technology

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.... [-]

Turkey Izmir
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Universidade da Coruña

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 ... [+]

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:... [-]

Spain A Coruña
September 2019
Spanish
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
Campus
University of Kent, Kent School of 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 building ... [+]

Overview

The Kent School of Architecture offers a full-time and part-time research programme, leading to a Ph.D. 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 practice 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. Ph.D. 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.... [-]

United Kingdom Canterbury
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Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
Campus
University of Trieste

The Ph.D. course prepares culture-oriented and high scientific profile researchers to engineering applications, and enable them to develop knowledge, new methods of inves ... [+]

The Ph.D. course prepares culture-oriented and high scientific profile researchers to engineering applications, and enable them to develop knowledge, new methods of investigation, design and research activity in public or private bodies, along with managerial competencies. The available curricula are Architecture and Civil-Environmental Engineering.

Activities are oriented to advanced design, theoretical analysis, soft-computing, and experimentation. The first year includes courses or lectures on basic science subjects and organizational aspects of research, according to the weaknesses of the individual initial preparation and the selected research themes. An analysis of the state of the art will be also carried out, and the main theme of study will be identified. The second and third year will be devoted to the individual themes, and a stay in a research body of international relevance will be proposed. Common features are a multidisciplinary theoretical-experimental approach and interaction with the territory, the industrial and professional world.... [-]

Italy Trieste
October 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Universidade de 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 p ... [+]

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.... [-]

Portugal Evora
October 2019
Portuguese (Portugal)
Full-time
3 years
Campus
QUB Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS)

Architecture at Queen’s addresses the issues of architecture and urbanism in an increasingly globalised world, where factors such as sustainability and climate change, id ... [+]

Overview

Architecture at Queen’s addresses the issues of architecture and urbanism in an increasingly globalised world, where factors such as sustainability and climate change, identity and heritage, and notions of craft and form create a complex context that architecture has to mediate.

Architecture at Queen’s values both traditional academic and practice-based research. We have the expertise to support PhDs involving deep investigations into cultural, historic and technological contexts both in Ireland and globally. Our practice-based PhDs (offered in association with the ADAPTr programme) and research-by-design activities promise new knowledge through not only the analysis of the existing but also the documentation of new processes and situations created by new design thinking. In both, architecture is seen both as a lens and as a measure of urban, suburban and rural landscapes.... [-]

United Kingdom Belfast
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Campus
University of Camerino the international School of Advanced Studies

Area: Architecture, Design, Planning ... [+]

Area: Architecture, Design, Planning Architecture, Theories, and Design Innovation Design Sustainable Urban Planning

Teaching locations - Ascoli Piceno - Satellite site of Camerino University

Architecture, Theories, and Design Theories and design of contemporary Architecture; History and development of architectural Heritage; Graphic and multimedia representation of Architecture. Innovation Design Innovative and intelligent design of objects, systems, and environments; Design for environmental sustainability and for process and product innovation; Communication design, new technologies, and cultural heritage. Sustainable Urban Planning Sustainable development of the territory, land... [-]
Italy Camerino
November 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
University Of Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture

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... [-]

Slovenia Ljubljana
October 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Campus