Carleton University’s PhD in Architecture is an innovative, comprehensive doctoral program that fuses research with critical practice in architecture. Talented and thoughtful individuals are invited to undertake original, speculative, and experimental research in a broad range of fields. Doctoral projects at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism (ASAU) draw on the interrelated performative and reflective aspects of architecture, design, and material processes. Students are encouraged to engage in a number of related academic and research units on campus (many housed within ASAU) as well as major institutions in Ottawa.

A collaborative Specialization in African Studies is available.

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Research Labs at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism

• Research in the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) explores and develops innovative symbiotic relationships between the digital and fabricated 2D and 3D modes of representation.
• The Carleton Research | Practice of Teaching | Collaborative (CRIPTIC) pursues research in the humanities with a diverse agenda reflecting the interests of the collaborators through publications, exhibitions, and symposia.
• Research in the Carleton Sensory Architecture and Liminal Technologies laboratory (C-SALT) focuses on the understanding, application, and invention of the material nature of architecture, construction, and design.
• Research at the Carleton Urban Research Lab (CURL) supports design-based thinking and collaborative projects centred on the entwined issues of water, cities, and equity

Capital Advantage

Doctoral students benefit from the proximity of organizations situated in the National Capital Region such as the National Gallery of Canada (which includes the National Photography Institute) and the Canadian Museums of History, Nature, Aviation, Science and Technology. Ottawa is also home to Library and Archives Canada, the National Research Council Canada, the National Capital Commission, the National Arts Center, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

PhD Architecture (10 credits) curriculum

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Program Information

Length: 5 years

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline:
January 15

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Contact: PhD and MAS Programs Co-chairs  Federica Goffi,  Steve Fai

Pathway Options: Coursework and Dissertation

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