MPhil/PhD Programme Gabriel Felmer, Low Energy Housing Design Prototypes for Different Climatic Regions of Chile - toward a strategy for reducing fuel poverty

PhD Directors of Studies Pier Vittorio Aureli Lawrence Barth, Mark Cousins, Jorge Fiori, Hugo Hinsley, George Jeronimidis, Marina Lathouri, Michael Weinstock, Simos Yannas (Chair, PhD Committee) Supervisors Doreen Bernath, Paula Cadima, Mark Campbell, Fabrizio Gallanti, Maria Giudici, Sam Jacoby, Adrian Lahoud, Joan Ockman, Nina Power, Eduardo Rico, Douglas Spencer, Brett Steele, Anthony Vidler, Thomas Weaver, Thanos Zartaloudis

Doctoral studies at the AA combine advanced research with a broader educational agenda, preparing graduates for practice in global academic and professional environments. Current PhD topics encompass architectural theory and history, architectural urbanism, advanced architectural design, the city, emergent technologies and sustainable environmental design. Candidates may follow the traditional route of a text-based written dissertation or a studiobased PhD in architectural design.

PhD studies at the AA are full-time for their entire duration. This starts with a preparatory period during which candidates attend selected courses and seminars while developing their research proposals. Approval of proposals initiates the formal period of PhD study, which has a maximum duration of four years. Typically, some 30 doctoral candidates are enrolled in the programme in any particular year, and each one is guided by two supervisors, one of whom is designated as Director of Studies. Architectural history and theory topics are directed by Mark Cousins and Marina Lathouri. Research on urban and housing issues addressing policy, strategic thinking and spatial design is supported by Lawrence Barth, Jorge Fiori and Hugo Hinsley. Research in emergent technologies in architectural design, including active material systems and urban metabolic design, is directed by Michael Weinstock and George Jeronimidis. Architectural research in sustainable environmental design is directed by Simos Yannas and Paula Cadima. 'City-Architecture', a new research strand launched in 2014, is directed by Pier Vittorio Aureli and based on a collaborative seminar and collective design agenda.

Applications are welcome from graduates in architecture and related disciplines. Applicants should hold a Masters degree or equivalent in the areas of their proposed research project. Enquiries should be addressed to the AA Admissions Office or the Chair of the PhD Committee. Applicants should be prepared to come to the AA School for an interview. Details of current research topics and bios of PhD candidates and supervisors can be viewed online at

Tuition fee bursaries are available for highly qualified applicants. Opportunities for teaching at the AA School may be available to eligible PhD candidates once they have registered their research proposals. During their studies, PhD students are expected to produce work for publication including conference papers and journal articles. Travel bursaries are available to registered PhD students presenting work at external events

Doctoral candidates registered with another institution and post-doctoral scholars who wish to undertake research relating to the areas of any of the AA postgraduate programmes may apply to do so following the application procedure described in this prospectus and online. The maximum period of study as a visiting scholar is one academic year, for which the AA School's tuition fees may apply pro-rata.


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Prospectus 2016-17
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