What’s it like to do a PhD in Architecture?
PhDs in Architecture are usually completely research-based, with minimal teaching elements. As such, they aren’t normally qualifications that lead to professional certification (in the UK, architects are accredited after completing courses certified by RIBA).
Instead, a PhD in Architecture allows doctoral students to undertake specialist research into a broad range of topics associated with Architecture. These include:
- Built environment
- Risk mitigation
- Spatial relationships
- Urban studies
- Virtual environments
Alongside a substantial dissertation, you may also have to produce designs or models to illustrate your research. PhDs in Architecture may also provide you with excellent opportunities for fieldwork and surveys.