PhD Programme


The AA School’s PhD programme combines advanced research with a broader educational agenda, preparing graduates for practice in global academic and professional environments. Current doctoral research encompasses the topics of the AA’s postgraduate programmes in architectural theory and history, architectural urbanism, emergent technologies and design, sustainable environmental design, projective cities and city architecture. Under each of these strands, doctoral candidates may either follow the traditional route of a text-based thesis or the studio-based option of a PhD in architectural design. A growing number of new PhD projects in the programme incorporate design research as an integral constituent of the method as well as argument of the doctoral thesis. Shared research issues across the PhD programme’s strands are explored in specialist research groups as well as more broadly in seminars and other events within and outside the AA. There were four new starts and four completions this academic year. Throughout the year all of the programme’s PhD candidates contributed to conferences, teaching and publications in the AA School as well as elsewhere in the UK and abroad. 

These include presentations of current work at the University of Thessaly, Greece; Architectural Humanities Research Association AHRA Symposium, University College Dublin; Urban Lab UCL; ArchitectAs Symposium on Architecture and Gender, Seville; Pontificia Universidad Catolica and the University of Chile, Santiago; Architects Meet in Istanbul ARKIMEET 2013; eCAADe Education and Research in Computer Aided Design in Europe 2013 and 2014 conferences in Delft and Newcastle upon Tyne; Congress of Architectural History, Athens; European Architectural History Network’s EAHN 2014, Turin; University of San Jose, Costa Rica; University of Diego Portales, Chile; Hellenic Centre, London; UPenn Summer School, Herakleion; PLEA Passive and Low Energy Architecture 2013 and 2014 conferences in Munich and Ahmedabad; Olympic Legacies event in Rio de Janeiro; Literary Criticism Conference 2013 at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul. Student papers this year appear in AArchitecture, Materia Arquitectura, Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism, ArchiDOCT e-journal of doctoral research in architecture and Scapegoat Journal among others. Special events include the PhD Conversations on the Building, organised with colleagues from the US, as well as Sachiyo Nishimura’s exhibition 'Random Structures', both at the AA. 

Directors of Studies

Pier Vittorio Aureli<
Lawrence Barth
Mark Cousins
Jorge Fiori
Hugo Hinsley
George Jeronimidis
Marina Lathouri
Brett Steele
Michael Weinstock
Simos Yannas

Second Supervisors and Contributors

Doreen Bernath 
Vida Norouz Borazjani
Paula Cadima
Mark Campbell
David Cunningham
Socratis Georgiadis
Sam Jacoby
Spyros Papapetros
Patrik Schumacher
Edward Soja
Douglas Spencer
Thomas Weaver