Architecture is a powerful domain of knowledge that both spatializes higher-order philosophical notions and derives conceptual models from phenomena of the physical world. Doctoral studies in architecture at Georgia Tech are strongly oriented by shared discourses of design, technology, and culture across the universe of allied and adjacent disciplines available here. Approaches to interdisciplinary research prepare scholars and researchers for cross-cutting inquiries and focused investigations that breed key contributions across a rich array of intellectual fields.
Established in 1982, the Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture Program at Georgia Tech is one of the largest and most robust Architecture Ph.D. programs in the United States, with nearly 30 students in residence pursuing their Ph.D. coursework or completing their dissertation research. A diverse faculty of scholars and researchers advise students in one of four areas of specialization:
In each of these specializations, issues germane to the advancement of architecture and urban design, theory and practice, are interrogated through inter-disciplinary perspectives of the humanities, sciences, and technology that are brought to bear in students’ dissertation research where specific disciplinary agendas are rigorously pursued.
Doctoral students in the School of Architecture develop knowledge and technologies that enhance design imagination and the design process; articulate design choices and predict the consequences of design decisions; help to teach precedents; support better building performance; and situate the practice of architecture within a critical understanding of culture, history, and the profession.
Our demanding program of studies is designed to address motivated, imaginative, and technically proficient students whose work embodies the highest standards of rigor and intellectual integrity. Our doctoral candidates demonstrate a strong track record of achievement in publications, research, and teaching, and are ready to lead in their fields. In our most recent census, we found that 40 of our graduates hold academic positions, nine hold senior positions in major architectural firms, and the many others work in consulting, government, or research organizations.