Designing (in) the PhD in Architecture: Knowledge, Discipline, Pedagogy

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Routledge
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Chapter
Citation:
Reshaping Doctoral Education: International Approaches and Pedagogies, 2012, pp. 99 - 112
Issue Date:
2012-01-01
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Architecture, it should be clear, is all about the design of buildings. So what would it be to do a PhD in architecture? Do you design a building? Or do you reflect on the process of designing a building? Or perhaps the approach should be different. Given that architecture has all sorts of social, political and environmental in1pacts - effects beyond and outside the intentions of those who commission, design and produce architecture - perhaps a PhD should study those effects. While these might seem like equally valid possibilities, the former set of concerns has recently become more prominent in the discipline. Rather than produce PhDs abottt architecture, there is a move to consider what a PhD in architecture would be. And here design as both research method and form of outcome has entered the frame. If architectural knowledge is understood to be generated through the doing of architecture, then a PhD should be available as a structure to validate this formation of knowledge.
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