Doctoral Programs

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DOCTORAL PROGRAMS
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Doctoral programs at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture are designed to provide students holding an appropriate master's degree with a rigorous program of study intended to prepare them to conduct research and teach in these disciplines.

The School of Architecture offers a Ph.D. in Architecture with concentrations in the history of architecture and landscape architecture, historic preservation, and sustainability. It also offers a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning which allows specialization in a range of planning fields including international planning, economic and community development, environmental and natural resource planning, housing, land use and land development, transportation planning, and historic preservation.

PH.D. IN ARCHITECTURE

 

CONCENTRATION IN THE HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

The Ph.D. in Architecture with a concentration in the history of architecture and landscape architecture places special emphasis on histories of architecture in the Americas from the late eighteenth century to the present. The student's program of study may address issues such as the racial, gender, and nationalist rhetoric introduced by the colonization of the Americas—a phenomenon that propelled the dissemination and canonization of transatlantic theories of design within the architectural disciplines.

CONCENTRATION IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION

The Ph.D. in Architecture with a concentration in historic preservation embraces multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse approaches to the identification and conservation of historic resources. The student's program may address preservation planning and development; issues in the theory, history, and practice of the conservation of buildings, interiors, landscapes, and neighborhoods; preservation-based strategies of sustainable development; and innovative methodologies and strategies for preservation practice and cultural resource management at local, state, and federal levels.

CONCENTRATION IN SUSTAINABILITY

The Ph.D. in Architecture with a concentration in sustainability is practical, technical, and philosophical in scope and integrates three areas of inquiry related to the built environment: biophysical systems, building systems, and political systems. The study of biophysical systems relies upon the disciplines of natural and urban ecological sciences as they relate to architecture. The study of building systems includes investigating component technologies necessary to construct environmentally responsive architecture. The study of political systems situates the biophysical and building systems within the social and political contexts of architectural practice.

PH.D. IN COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING

The Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning prepares highly qualified graduate students for research and teaching at the university level and for leadership positions in public and private institutions. The program provides rigorous, but flexibly tailored, scholastic and practical training for advanced students to prepare them to make substantive contributions to planning and related policy fields. Students can specialize in a range of planning fields. The program strongly emphasizes interdisciplinary scholarship and research collaborations to address the complex problems of urban and regional growth and development.

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    Hats off to our grads! 🎓 <br /><br />We’re so excited to celebrate you tomorrow! Students should check-in in Goldsmith Hall no later than 1:00 pm. More at the link in our bio. <br /><br />#UTGrad24 #UTSOA
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    Hats off to our grads! 🎓

    We’re so excited to celebrate you tomorrow! Students should check-in in Goldsmith Hall no later than 1:00 pm. More at the link in our bio.

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    Congratulations to alums Joseph James (M.Arch ’18) and Diego Zubizarreta Otero (M.Arch ’20) whose design collective, @partnersofplace, was named one of the six 2024 @archleague League Prize winners!<br>
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    Congratulations to alums Joseph James (M.Arch ’18) and Diego Zubizarreta Otero (M.Arch ’20) whose design collective, @partnersofplace, was named one of the six 2024 @archleague League Prize winners!

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    T-minus five days until the Class of 2024 walks across the stage! <br><br>Students, there’s still time to submit grad pics and photos from your time at UTSOA – Do so at the link in our bio before Thursday, May 9 for a chance to be featured here and in our pre-commencement slideshow. <br>
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    T-minus five days until the Class of 2024 walks across the stage!

    Students, there’s still time to submit grad pics and photos from your time at UTSOA – Do so at the link in our bio before Thursday, May 9 for a chance to be featured here and in our pre-commencement slideshow.

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    For the fourth year in a row, several interior design students have been selected for @metropolismag’s@Future 100! Congratulations to Brooke Bower (MID ’24), Ani Matzakos (BSID ’24), and Jessica Wilsey (MID ’24).
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    For the fourth year in a row, several interior design students have been selected for @metropolismag’s@Future 100! Congratulations to Brooke Bower (MID ’24), Ani Matzakos (BSID ’24), and Jessica Wilsey (MID ’24).

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    What 👏 a 👏 week! Congratulations students on a job well done and thank you to all of the faculty and reviewers who participated this week
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    What 👏 a 👏 week! Congratulations students on a job well done and thank you to all of the faculty and reviewers who participated this week

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    Final reviews kick off next week and we’re excited to invite several out-of-town reviewers to @utaustintx. Visit the link in our bio for bios and more information about these accomplished practitioners and academics.<br>
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    Final reviews kick off next week and we’re excited to invite several out-of-town reviewers to @utaustintx. Visit the link in our bio for bios and more information about these accomplished practitioners and academics.

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    We’re excited to announce that Luis E. Carranza has been named the School of Architecture’s 2024 commencement speaker.<br>
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    We’re excited to announce that Luis E. Carranza has been named the School of Architecture’s 2024 commencement speaker.