MPhil/PhD Programme Alvaro Arancibia Tagle, 'The Housing Design Guide and the Re-signification of Social Housing in Santiago de Chile', Graduate School Award for Outstanding PhD Research 2017

Director Simos Yannas
SupervisorsPier Vittorio Aureli, Lawrence Barth, Doreen Bernath, Paula Cadima, Mark Campbell, Mark Cousins, Jorge Fiori, Fabrizio Gallanti, Maria Giudici, Hugo Hinsley, Sam Jacoby, George Jeronimidis, Adrian Lahoud, Marina Lathouri, Joan Ockman, Nina Power, Douglas Spencer, Anthony Vidler, Michael Weinstock, 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 research encompasses architectural theory and history, architectural urbanism, advanced architectural design, the city, emergent technologies and sustainable environmental design in architecture. Architectural history and theory research is directed by Mark Cousins and Marina Lathouri. Research addressing urban and housing issues, 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. Research on sustainable environmental design in architecture is directed by Simos Yannas and Paula Cadima. "City-Architecture", a collective design research agenda, is directed by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria Giudici. PhD candidates in any of these areas may follow either the traditional route of the written dissertation or combine writing with design research for the studio-based 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, each guided by two supervisors, one of whom is designated Director of Studies.

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 make arrangements for an in-person interview at the AA. 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 may be available to eligible PhD candidates following registration of their research proposals. During their studies, PhD students are expected to produce work worthy of publication and presentation in conferences and other events. Travel bursaries are available to registered PhD students presenting work at external events. Visiting doctoral and post-doctoral scholars from other institutions may apply to join the AA PhD programme for period of study 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.


Simos Yannas has led environmental design research at the AA since the late 1970s and is a founding member of the PLEA international network on sustainable architecture and urban design. His most recent writings are on adaptive architecturing, learning from vernacular architecture and refurbishing the city.

The AA is a Partner Institution and Affiliated Research Centre of The Open University (OU), UK. All taught graduate degrees at the AA are validated by the OU. The OU is the awarding body for research degrees at the AA.

Programme site

Projects Review 2017


Graduate Admissions Team AA School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

T: 020 7887 4067 / 4007

Links & Downloads


Prospectus 2017-18
AA Prospectus

Graduate Prospectus
Graduate Prospectus


Share |

The Architectural Association, Inc. is a Registered Charity Incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No.171402. Registered office: 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, 020 7887 4000

Click here to read the AA’s latest review report.

Click here to read the AA’s latest action plan.