The Ph.D. Program in Architecture, created in 1964, is one of the oldest in the country and is widely regarded as preeminent in the fields of theory, technology and representation. Its goal is to produce scholars engaged in the history of the architecture and associated fields, with attention to how these histories bear on the present.
The Program is especially interested in interdisciplinary scholarship that pushes the boundaries of the discipline. Student projects often explore connections between architectural histories and theories and histories of technology and environment; of race, class, and gender; of politics, economics, and equity; many are attuned to the role of media in producing and understanding architectural ideas. While most of the required coursework for the degree takes place within the School of Design, students are encouraged to take advantage of the rich resources of the University in their elective courses, in preparing their bibliographies and in writing their dissertation.
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.
The program is administered by a Graduate Group, consisting of faculty in the Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation, as well as from associated departments including History of Art and History and Sociology of Science. Former Chairmen of the Graduate Group include the Program's founder and Dean of the Graduate School of Fine Arts (now School of Design), G. Holmes Perkins, who served from 1964 to 1981. Thereafter, the Chairmen include: Peter McCleary, Joseph Rykwert, Marco Frascari, Ali Malkawi, David Leatherbarrow and, currently, Daniel A. Barber.
The program accepts applicants holding Master's degrees in an approved related fields, 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
Akbarzadeh, Masoud Architecture
Barber, Daniel Architecture (Chair)
Braham, William Architecture
Brownlee, David History of Art
Dubbeldam, Winka Architecture
Fierro, Annette Architecture
Hochhäusl, Sophie Architecture
Holod, Renata History of Art
Hunt, John Dixon Landscape Architecture
Kim, Simon Architecture
Leatherbarrow, David Architecture
Matero, Frank Historic Preservation
Ockman, Joan Architecture
Rahim, Ali Architecture
Saunders, Andrew Architecture
Steiner, Fritz Landscape Architecture
Steinhardt, Nancy East Asian Studies
Stuart-Smith, Robert Architecture
Trubiano, Franca Architecture
Weissberg, Liliane German
Weiss, Marion Architecture
Ph.D. Degree Curriculum (Total Course Units: 20)
|Fall||ARCH 811||Architectural Research||1|
|Spring||ARCH 812||Field Research||1|
|ARCH 813||Qualifying Research||1|
|Fall||ARCH 851||Field Bibliography||1|
|ARCH 852||Dissertation Proposal||1|
|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.