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, David Leatherbarrow and, currently, Daniel Barber. 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. Daniel A. Barber
Associate Professor of Architecture
Chair, Graduate Group in Architecture
barberda@design.upenn.edu

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

 
YEAR 1  
 
Fall ARCH 811 Architectural Research 1
  Elective 1
  Elective 1
  Elective 1
 
Spring ARCH 812 Field Research 1
ARCH 813 Qualifying Research 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 --
 
  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.