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Doctoral Program (Ph.D. 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 preliminary examination, a field exam, a preliminary examination, a field exam, 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 History of Art and Architecture.

The program accepts applicants holding bachelor's or Master's degrees in an approved related field, such as landscape architecture or urban design. Students with a Master's degree from another university may receive advanced credit of up to eight courses; those with a Master's from the University of Pennsylvania may be granted credit for up to twelve courses.

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

Dr. David Leatherbarrow
Professor of Architecture
Chair, Graduate Group in Architecture


Doctor of Philosophy : Degree Curriculum
      Year 1       
  Fall    ARCH 811 Advanced Theory I 1  
  Elective 1
  Elective 1
  Elective 1
  Spring    ARCH 812 Advanced Theory II 1  
  Elective 1
  Elective 1
  Elective 1
      Year 2       
  Fall    ARCH 851 Field Bibliography 1  
ARCH 852 Dissertation Proposal 1
  Elective 1
  Elective 1
  Spring      Elective 1  
  Elective 1
  Elective 1
  Elective 1
      Year 3       
  Fall      Elective 1  
  Elective 1
  Elective 1
  Elective 1
      Year 4       
  Fall    ARCH 995 Dissertation 0  
        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. top

Graduate Group In Architecture

• David Leatherbarrow, PhD, Chair
• Anita Berrizbeitia, MLA
• William Braham, PhD
• David Brownlee, PhD
• Patricia Conway, MSUP
• James Corner, MLA
• David De Long, PhD
• Annette Fierro, MArch
• Helene Furjan, PhD
• Gary Hack, PhD
• Renata Holod, PhD
• John Dixon Hunt, PhD
• Ali Malkawi, PhD
• Randall Mason, PhD
• Frank Matero, MS
• Peter McCleary, MArch
• Michael Meister, PhD
• Detlef Mertins, PhD
• Ali Rahim, MArch
• Witold Rybczynski, MArch
• Joseph Rykwert, PhD
• Cathrine Veikos, MArch
• Marion Weiss, MArch