The doctoral program in Architecture currently offers two tracks of study: History and Theory of Architecture, and Ecosystems in Architectural Sciences. Both tracks aim to educate teachers capable of effectively instructing future architects in their own field and its manifold connections with the culture at large. The program forges a unique combination of professional knowledge with a historical and analytical grasp of architecture, deepening awareness of the field’s current state and the critical issues it faces.
The History and Theory track provides sound training in historical study and historiography, and cultivates understanding of intellectual trends that inform the reception and role of architecture in the world at large. It prepares candidates for careers in university teaching, cultural advocacy and administration, museum curatorship, and publishing, among others. Students draw on a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, the history of science and technology, social and political history, media theory, as well as the fine arts, literature, and popular culture.
The Ecosystems in Architectural Sciences track provides preparation in interdisciplinary scientific inquiry, qualifying students to incorporate scientific methods into experimental design frameworks in order to research and develop novel material and informational ecosystems. Students in this track engage in research related to the behaviors of living ecosystems, emphasizing their interconnection with the built environment.
Joan Ockman, Director of Doctoral Studies
Current Candidates and Students
Christina Ciardullo—Ecosystems in Architecture
Seth Embry—Ecosystems in Architecture
Iris Giannakopoulou Karamouzi—History and Theory
Ishraq Khan—History and Theory
Alex Kim—History and Theory
Phoebe Mankiewicz—Ecosystems in Architecture
Adi Meyerovitch—History and Theory
Zachariah Michielli—History and Theory
Nicholas Pacula—History and Theory
Mandi Pretorius—Ecosystems in Architecture
Gabrielle Printz—History and Theory
Summer Sutton—History and Theory
Aaron Tobey—History and Theory
I-Ting Tsai—Ecosystems in Architecture
David Turturo—History and Theory
Jia Jane Weng—History and Theory
Architectures of the Humanitarian Front, 1915-1930: The American Red Cross and the Refugee Settlement Commission of the League of Nations (2021). View dissertation.
A Theory of Common Form in Aesthetic Perception (2019). Abstract.
Where Do You Stop? A Critical Inquiry into Style, Geometry, and Parametricism in History (2018). Abstract.
Breathing Space: The Architecture of Pneumatic Beings (2018). Abstract.
Teaching Architecture to the Masses: Vkhutemas and the Pedagogy of Space, 1920-1930 (2017). Abstract
Waiting for Architecture: John Dewey and the Limits of Modern Art (2017). Abstract.
Architecture After the Death of God: Uriel Birnbaum’s Der Kaiser und derArchitekt (2015). Abstract.
The Architectural Discourse of Reverberation, 1750-1900 (2014). Abstract.
Forms and Resources
Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Fellow Experience
Required Courses, History and Theory Track
551a, Ph.D. Seminar I 1 credit. (Required in, and limited to, Ph.D. first year, fall term.) This seminar centers on a thorough examination of fundamental ideas of historiography, centering on Rome and exploring aspects of geology, culture, mapping, site development, the establishment of institutions, and the construction of buildings across several millennia, as well as a study of literature on the urbs and its worldwide impact. Faculty
552b, Ph.D. Seminar II 1 credit. (Required in, and limited to, Ph.D. first year, spring term.) This seminar centers on concepts of history and their application to architecture from Jacob Burckhardt to the present and a close reading of historiographic theories, including ethnography, modernity, and the emergence of the profession of architecture in the light of present-day critique. Faculty
553a, Ph.D. Seminar III 1 credit. (Required in, and limited to, Ph.D. second year, fall term.) Seminar content to be announced. Faculty
554b, Ph.D. Dissertation Preparation 1 credit. (Required in, and limited to, Ph.D. second year, spring term.) Ph.D. tutoring in preparation for oral examinations and formulation of a thesis topic. Faculty
Required Courses, Ecosystems in Architectural Sciences Track
558a, Ph.D. Seminar: Ecosystems in Architecture I 1 credit. (Required in, and limited to, Ph.D. first year, fall term.)
559b, Ph.D. Seminar: Ecosystems in Architecture II 1 credit. (Required in, and limited to, Ph.D. first year, spring term.)
568a, Ph.D. Seminar: Ecosystems in Architecture III 1 credit. (Required in, and limited to, Ph.D. second year, fall term.)
569b, Ph.D. Seminar: Ecosystems in Architecture IV 1 credit. (Required in, and limited to, Ph.D. second year, spring term.)