A PhD in Architecture by Design will give you an informed awareness of the methods and theoretical frameworks that shape the ways in which practitioners and researchers have interpreted issues in the field and enable you to develop and justify your own interpretive experiments, fieldwork, design work and arguments.
You will have the opportunity to pursue research by architectural design method, exploring the roles that design plays, and might play, within wider cultural processes.
This PhD provides the opportunity for optimum reflection, interpretation and action: a minimum of three years full-time study, or six years part-time.
The programme draws on the strengths of design teaching throughout the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and you will work directly with a postgraduate supervisor from the School, but also closely with other postgraduate programmes and the full range of available staff and peer expertise in ECA and the University of Edinburgh as a whole.
How you will study
Your Architecture by Design thesis will be composed of both design work and text. We will encourage and enable you to use the full range of design media to develop both research method and thesis presentation, for example, as film, digital media, portfolio, exhibition, physical construction and installation.
To complement your academic supervision, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of lectures and workshops, contributing to the development of specific, transferable and professional skills. You may also be offered the opportunity to contribute to teaching within ESALA. If so, you will be offered support and training to help develop your teaching skills more effectively.
The full facilities of the School will be made available to you, including extensive digital and specific material workshops. Together with fellow students, you will have the opportunity to contribute to ESALA's healthy design presentation culture, its print and e-publication output, international debate across a range of design-related fields and the organisation of symposia and conferences.
This is a research programme. Support and supervision may be provided by any of the teaching staff in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA).