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A framework to develop the modern earthen architectures in the context of the European circular economy strategy

Faculty of Engineering, Environment & Computing

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Prof J-C Morel No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship

The modern earthen architecture (MEA) can fulfil perfectly the global circular economy (CE) goals. It moves the attention of the architecture from the geometry of the building component to the material itself. It fits in politics of a better resource managing by democratizing the use of bio-based materials, particularly rammed earth with sustainable and reversible use.

Moreover, a well-designed MEA ensures a high standard indoor air quality (IAQ) due to the ability of clay particles to buffer the air moisture and to remove pollution particles (Darling et al. 2012). In the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, the IAQ is crucial because people will spend much more time in confined buildings (Abouleish 2020). It is established that a poor IAQ worsens underlying health condition (Mickaël, et al. 2014), making people less resistant to COVID-19 (Chow et al. 2020).

The project will address the following research questions:
• What are the factors affecting the development of MEA in the opinion of the relevant stakeholders?
• What are the best architectural options of a rammed earth building (case study) in terms of CE performances and IAQ?
• How to design a framework to implement MEA in the context of BIM and material passport?
Training and Development
The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.
Entry criteria for applicants to PHD
• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

For further details see:

Due to the holistic approach of the topic, we are looking for candidates that ideally have a double diploma in Architecture and Engineering although this is not critical
How to Apply
To find out more about the project please contact Jean-Claude Morel

To apply on line please visit:

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.
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