MPhil/PhD Programme


Director Simos Yannas
SupervisorsPier Vittorio Aureli, Mark Campbell, Chittawadi Chitrabongs, Mark Cousins, Jorge Fiori, Murray Fraser, Fabrizio Gallanti, Maria Giudici, George Jeronimidis, Marina Lathouri, Mark Morris, Joan Ockman, Emmanuel Vercruysse, Michael Weinstock, Thanos Zartaloudis

Doctoral studies at the AA combine advanced research with a broader educational agenda to prepare graduates for practice in global academic and professional environments. Current PhD research encompasses architectural theory and history, architectural urbanism, advanced architectural design, the city, emergent technologies and sustainable environmental design in architecture.

History & Theory research is directed by Mark Cousins and Marina Lathouri. Research on urban and housing issues, policy, strategic thinking and spatial design is directed by Jorge Fiori. Research in emergent technologies in architectural design, including active material systems and urban metabolic design is directed by Michael Weinstock and George Jeronimidis. Research on sustainable environmental design in architecture is led by Simos Yannas and Paula Cadima. City-Architecture, a collective design research agenda, is directed by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria Giudici.

Research groups organised under these streams come together in joint symposia and student-led events. Candidates may opt for the studio-based PhD in architectural design, which allows them to combine writing with design research. 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 at any particular time, each guided by two supervisors, one of which is designated Director of Studies. During their studies, PhD candidates are expected to produce work worthy of publication in journals and presentation in international conferences. Research travel bursaries are available to support the dissemination of excellent work.

Applications are welcome from graduates in architecture and related disciplines and applicants should hold an MA degree equivalent qualification or professional experience in the area of their proposed research project. Applicants should be prepared to undertake an interview, in person or virtually. Visiting doctoral and post-doctoral scholars from other institutions may apply to join the AA PhD programme for study periods of three to six months. Enquiries should be addressed to the AA Admissions Office.


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