PhD in Architecture
Students enrolled in the PhD in Architecture Program at the University of Cincinnati's School of Architecture and Interior Design will study global perspectives on architectural History, Theory, and Criticism (HTC) as these relate to practice. The program provides an in-depth analysis of the key theoretical concepts that underlie architectural practice, all the while encouraging students to put these conceptual frameworks to work to analyze and critically evaluate the built environment from a transnational perspective. The program is dedicated to situating the study of building design in a global context; it incorporates non-Western perspectives and multi-cultural approaches to the analysis of the built environment, all the while examining how the process of globalization influences the practice of architecture and technological development. The program proudly draws on SAID’s world-renowned reputation as a leader in cooperative education and the outstanding scholarship of its faculty who are prolific scholars in the field of architecture history, theory, and criticism.
Areas of Concentration Expand
There are two tracks of study in the architectural History, Theory, and Criticism program at the University of Cincinnati. They are HTC in Architecture, and HTC in Interior Design.
History / Theory / Criticism of Architecture
This track offers students the opportunity to explore History, Theory, and Criticism in architecture as a multi-centered field that draws from different disciplines. It envisions architectural studies as the investigation of diverse projects that arose in different localities, regions, countries, and continents from different temporal periods due to unique economic, socio-political circumstances, and evolving technologies. The diversity of faculty research interests in the School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) provides students the opportunity to select from a wide range of topics including the syncretic relationships between traditional cultures and modernity, architecture and human behavior studies, historic preservation, sustainable design, sustainable landscape architecture, community design, design in the public interest, humanitarian design, colonial and postcolonial architectural studies, architecture and eco-tourism, international architecture, new building technologies and socio-cultural transformations, architecture, gender and sexuality studies, as well as architectural practice and diverse global experiences in urban and rural areas. Students who are interested in researching the relationships between the visual arts and architecture, as well as the physical and the social meanings of public space are encouraged to apply. As one of the most established cooperative-educational program in the US in which the curriculum requires students to rotate between practice and studying during the duration of the program, opportunities exist for researching how current trends in thinking and technological innovation are influencing the practice of architects and artists. There are also collaborations between the School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID), the School of Art (SOA), the School of Design (SOD), and the School of Planning (SOP), in the College of Design at the University of Cincinnati. The collaborations form opportunities for students to work with faculty in the four schools to study aspects of architecture and art, architecture and product design that are in everyday usage in our homes and buildings; community development, urban design and urban planning. Doctoral students in architecture can take advantage of UC’s emphases on interdisciplinary studies to collaborate with faculty members in the College of Engineering Research to research aspects of sustainable design strategies. Such interdisciplinary studies should be planned with the primary supervisor of the student who must be an SAID faculty member.
History / Theory / Criticism of Interior Design
This track offers students opportunities to explore HTC in interior design, particularly to investigate the theoretical and practical similarities and differences between architecture and interiors and how the practice of each may either converge or diverge. From an architectural perspective, the best interiors may be those that, in a "gesamtkunstwerk" fashion, echo and reinforce the forms and theories of the buildings in which they reside. However, many important interiors may differ from and even subvert the principles of the buildings in which they are. Interior Design is a naturally interdisciplinary subject that overlaps, connects with, and draws upon multiple fields, including architecture, art, and industrial, furniture, and graphic design; it is also a highly human-focused field that productively draws upon humanities disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology and human geography. Due to the historically feminine nature of the discipline, studies of gender and space are also a natural component of this track. The program aims to initiate a more rigorous regimen of criticism of interiors, both historical and contemporary, with the intent of making interiors practice a more thoughtful and theoretically-oriented endeavor. The historical focus of the track is upon 18th-century through contemporary interiors, a time frame corresponding with the autonomous emergence of the discipline itself. The track also offers the possibility of investigating both historical and contemporary pedagogical models for the teaching of interior design and can use as a laboratory the University of Cincinnati's nationally-ranked interior design undergraduate program and its associated co-op component, which forms a large field for research into current design offices and practices. Explorations of the sites of interior design education and practice also form potential avenues for research as, within the academy, interiors programs are housed in diverse settings, including departments and schools of art, architecture, human ecology, etc.; while interior design practice occurs in equally diverse settings including independent interior design offices, architectural firms, "branding studios," and other locations. The geographical scope of investigations into interior design may range from a large, global perspective to a regional and local context.
Research Opportunities Expand
As one of the most established cooperative-educational programs in the United States, DAAP's curriculum requires students to rotate between practice and studying during the duration of the program. There are ample opportunities to research how current trends in thinking and technological innovation are influencing the practice of architects and artists.
There are also collaborations between the School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID), the School of Art (SOA), the School of Design (SOD), and the School of Planning (SOP), in the College of Design at the University of Cincinnati. These provide opportunities for students to work with faculty in the four schools to study aspects of architecture and art and architecture and product design that are in everyday use in our homes, health care facilities, and in industries at large. Students also study community development, urban design, and urban planning. Master of Science and PhD students in architecture can take advantage of UC’s emphasis on interdisciplinary studies to collaborate with faculty members in other colleges within the university to explore aspects of sustainable design strategies, and new career opportunities. Such interdisciplinary studies should be planned with the primary supervisor of the student who must be a School of Architecture and Interior Design faculty member.
Career Opportunities Expand
The Master of Science and PhD Program in Architecture educate researchers, educators, and practitioners to lead in architectural education, research, and related fields. Career opportunities for graduates of the two programs include but not limited to:
· Architectural education, Architectural consultation, Architectural practice
· Architectural historian, Art historian, Designer, Housing and public policy
· Historian, Journalism, Museum curatorship, Historic preservation
· Cultural advocacy, Administration, Urban historian, Urban designer
· Researcher, Development officer, Program management
· Editor, Museum Educator, and Acquisition Specialist
Many students have graduated from the Master of Science program since it was established in 1975. The intellectual and professional skills they obtained from the program enabled them to have careers in different fields. Many students who graduated from the program are teaching in different universities, working as administrators, and are practitioners in the United States and in their respective countries. We are confident the alumni who will be graduating from the PhD Program will be attaining high achievements like the outstanding successes the alumni from the Master of Science Program.
Academic Careers Expand
Fazilat Soukhakian, Ph.D. Student in the Architecture Program at the University of Cincinnati. Now, Assistant Professor of Photography, Department of Fine Art and Design, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
Dr. Jaideep Chatterjee graduated from the Master of Science Program in 2000, and proceeded to obtain a Ph.D. at Cornell in architectural history and theory in 2010. He is now Associate Professor at Shiv Nadar University in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Dr. Edson Cabalfin graduated from the Master of Science Program in 2003 went to study at Cornell University where he earned a Ph.D. degree in Architectural History and Theory, practiced in the Philippines and in several countries in the Middle East, before accepting a full time teaching position in the program at UC. He is now one of the Professors teaching in interior design, architecture, and in the Ph.D. Program. Cabalfin has published a number of books and articles.
Gülen Çevik graduated from the Master of Science Program in 2002 and is now Associate Professor at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She has returned to complete her Ph.D. in Architecture at UC.
Mitchell Sipus, class of 2008, received a Fulbright, and a joint degree (Master of Science and Master of Community Planning), taught abroad, and is now a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Seung Han Paek graduated from our program (class of 2008), went to do Ph.D. in history of Art at Ohio University, and completed in 2014 he received a postdoctoral fellowship at the East-Asian Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Dr. Lanbin Ren graduated from the Master of Science Program in 2007 before proceeding to the University of Oregon to complete Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture. In 2012, she received her Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Juliana Zanotto received a joint degree from the Master of Science and the Master of Community Development before proceeding to University of California, Irvine to do Ph.D. in Planning Policy.
Lindsey Lawry Cuinther graduate from the Master of Science Program (class of 2008) and is now Assistant Professor of Interior Design, in the College of Design, the University of Kentucky, Lexington. She teaches planning and design Strategies.
Katherine Setser graduated from the program in 2012 and is now Assistant Professor and Director of Interior Design Program at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Administrative, Business, Government, and Practice Careers Expand
Ellen Guerrettaz is a licensed architect who graduated from the Master of Science Program in 2001. She taught and worked in different organizations before assuming the position of the Associate Director, Academic & Student Affairs in the School of Architecture and Interior Design in 2004.
Czaee Malpani graduated with a joint degree, the Master of Science, and the Master of Architecture in 2010. She is now practicing in India.
Shuai Ma is a practitioner; he graduated in the class of 2010. He is sustainability urban planner with the Atkins Group in Shanghai, China.
Helen Spurgin Turner who graduated in June 2011 is currently Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Interior Design at the University of Kentucky.
Richard Spears graduated in 2010 and has been a practitioner in Atlanta; He is a licensed architect.
Christina Glasgow-McCoy has been working as a structural engineer for a firm that focuses in sporting venues, healthcare facilities, and industrial buildings in Kansas City.
Ken French graduated in 2009, first took a one-year teaching position at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, before practicing and developing properties.
Midlife Career Development Expand
The infusion of new technologies, methods of designing for a sustainable environment, as well as increasing awareness around the social role of architecture, are making it necessary for Master of Science and Ph.D. holders who are able to conduct research to teach in architectural education curriculums or work in the fields of their choice. The applicants expected to enroll in the program would have worked for some years, already hold professional Master of Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Interior Design, or an equivalent master degree from a related design field. Moreover, the program welcomes students who hold degrees from outside the field of architecture who are interested in new careers and who want to develop their career trajectories. We have tracks for tenure track and tenured faculty members who have Masters degree but who would like to earn Ph.D. in order to enhance their research and teaching skills, while developing their career opportunities. This track also provides opportunities for scholars who are already working, but could not leave their jobs to enroll fulltime in either the Master of Science or the Ph.D. Programs. Collaborations between the School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID), the School of Art (SOA), the School of Design (SOD), and the School of Planning (SOP), in the College of Design at the University of Cincinnati provide opportunities to students enrolled in either program. A few alumni successes are listed below showing those who went into academic careers and those who went into practice.
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Financial Assistance and Scholarships Expand
Each year, students with impressive credentials apply to our programs, so admission and scholarship awards are competitive. Successful applicants into the programs are awarded full or partial University Graduate Scholarships (UGS) which cover tuition and full or partial University Graduate Assistantships (UGA) that provide stipends to the students.
The applicant pool is highly competitive and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Awards may be for one to two years until the student completes the Master of Science Program. There are opportunities for outstanding applicants in the Ph.D. Program to receive 2-3 year UGS and UGA. The awards to the Ph.D. students are intended to support them until they have completed their course work and program requirements like the comprehensive examinations.
All students granted the UGS and UGA are bound by Graduate School award rules. The students are expected to secure internal and external grants in order to complete their studies. There are colloquia and seminars that assist Masters and Ph.D. students. It should also be stated that very few awards are made each year.
Tuition and Fees Expand
It is important to know the cost of attending graduate school at UC before you apply. Visit the Office of the Bursar for that information.
The Graduate School and the College determine tuition and fees.
If you are from outside the state of Ohio, or an international student, you will see the cost of attending graduate school at UC for one academic year comprising fall and spring semesters. Usually summer school is optional, but some programs require it.