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PhD program

doctor of philosophy

Students may study for a PhD degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning. These three degrees are administered by a Standing Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in cooperation with the Faculty of Design. The program is intended for persons who wish to enter teaching and advanced research careers in the history and theory of architecture, architectural technology, landscape architecture, and urban form from antiquity to the present; or the analysis and development of buildings, cities, landscapes, and regions with an emphasis on social, economic, technological, ecological, and infrastructural systems. (The PhD program does not prepare students for licensing as design practitioners in any of these fields. For information on professional programs, contact the Graduate School of Design, Admissions Office.)

Requirements for Admission:
Applicants must have completed a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.  A professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban planning is recommended but not required. Students from other countries must provide proof of an excellent command of spoken and written English. To be eligible for admission, applicants must also show evidence of distinguished academic work in the field or closely related fields, or distinguished work in the intended area of concentration. Applications from minorities are particularly welcome.

All applicants are required to indicate a proposed major subject of study at the time of initial application. These proposed areas of study should be congruent with the interests and expertise of at least one member of the PhD Standing Committee.

If you are interested in the PhD program in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, please visit for information about the program and admissions.

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Erika Naginski, Professor of Architectural History

Associated Faculty
Eve Blau, Adjunct Professor of the History of Urban Form
Neil Brenner, Professor of Urban Theory
Diane Davis, Professor of Urbanism and Development
Sonja Duempelmann, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
Edward Eigen, Associate Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
K. Michael Hays, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory
Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design
Ali Malkawi, Professor of Architectural Technology
Alina Payne, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Dept. of History of Art + Architecture, Harvard University
Antoine Picon, G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology
Hashim Sarkis, Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies
Christine SmithRobert C. and Marian K. Weinberg Professor of Architectural History

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