PhD Program


PhD in Architectural Sciences

The School of Architecture offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Architectural Sciences to candidates who are prepared to undertake innovative and substantive research that adds to the body of knowledge drawn on by the design disciplines. The Sciences in this context refer to those disciplines that support and shape our understanding and production of the built environment including its physical, biological, social, cognitive and cultural contexts. The PhD is an inherently interdisciplinary degree in which concentrations can be elected in:

A distinguished faculty within the school and across the institute provides support for research projects that are informed by both disciplinary depth and trans-disciplinary integration.

The degree is intended for those who desire a career in teaching, research, specialized professional practices or consulting. The program is intended to build knowledge, skills, insight and experiences that will enable these individuals to make an original and lasting contribution to their chosen field beginning with their dissertation and continuing into their professional lives. The program is structured to foster a community of students and scholars, a collaborative environment in which lateral flows of ideas and influences enrich the research agenda of each member of the community.
We look forward to your further investigation of the program. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. For more information please contact us at or 518-276-6466.  Visit the Graduate Admissions website to apply online.


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Evan Douglis, Professor


School of Architecture
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street - Greene Bldg.
Troy, NY 12180 - USA

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