Graduate Architecture

The Ph.D. Program in Architecture, created in 1964, is the oldest in the country and is widely regarded as preeminent in the fields of theory, technology and representation. Its goal is to produce a body of graduates who will act as a reflective leaven to the architectural profession, providing an historical and/or theoretical context for current practice.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture is for the person who wishes to make a significant scholarly contribution to the discipline of architecture. Requirements for the degree include twenty approved courses, the passing of two language exams, a qualifying examination, a preliminary examination, teaching experience, a dissertation and a final defense. Course work from previous Master's degrees is taken into consideration when deciding the number of courses required for the Ph.D. degree. Students with a Master's degree from Penn may be granted up to 12 course units transfer credit, those with a Master's degree from another institution may be granted up to 8 towards their Ph.D. requirement.

The program is administered by a Graduate Group, consisting of faculty in the Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation. Former Chairmen of the Graduate Group include the Program's founder and Dean of the GSFA, G. Holmes Perkins, who served from 1964 to 1981. Thereafter, the Chairmen include: Peter McCleary, Joseph Rykwert, Marco Frascari, Ali Malkawi, and, currently, David Leatherbarrow. The program accepts applicants holding Master's degrees in an approved related field, such as landscape architecture or historic preservation.

Applicants for the Ph.D. program must submit a digital portfolio of their work, statement of intent, and a sample of their writing (in English) through the online application along with the standard application materials.

Graduate Group in Architecture

Dr. David Leatherbarrow
Professor of Architecture
Chair, Graduate Group in Architecture
leatherb@design.upenn.edu

Ph.D. Degree Curriculum (Total Course Units: 20)

 
YEAR 1 
 
FallARCH 811Architectural Research1
 Elective1
 Elective1
 Elective1
 
SpringARCH 812Field Research1
ARCH 813Qualifying Research1
 Elective1
 Elective1
 
YEAR 2 
 
FallARCH 851Field Bibliography1
ARCH 852Dissertation Proposal1
 Elective1
 Elective1
 
Spring Elective1
 Elective1
 Elective1
 Elective1
 
YEAR 3 
 
Fall Elective1
 Elective1
 Elective1
 Elective1
 
YEAR 4 
 
FallARCH 995Dissertation--
 
 Total Course Units:20

The number of electives a student takes, and therefore the number of years of coursework the Program involves, depends on the number of transfer credits the student is granted.