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Insights and Introspection on Doctoral Research in Architecture

Edited by Federica Goffi

Publisher: Routledge 2020

Featured in Prometheus, IIT Journal 



With the continued growth of PhD programs in architecture and the simultaneous broadening of approaches, InterVIEWS: Insights and Introspection in Doctoral Research in Architecture begins a timely survey into contemporary research at academic institutions internationally, in the context of the expanding landscape of architectural inquiry. The eighteen interviews with scholars who direct or contributed to doctoral research programs in areas of architecture history and theory, theory and criticism, design research, urban studies, cross-disciplinary research, and practice based research, expose a plurality of positions articulating a range of research tactics. Renowned scholars narrated the stories, the experiences, and the research that shaped and are shaping doctoral education worldwide, providing an invaluable knowledge resource from which readers may find inspiration. InterVIEWSacknowledges the diversity in approaches to research to evidence meaningful differences and the range of contributions in academic institutions. The relevance of this self-reflection becomes apparent in the exposition of vibrant and at times divergent viewpoints, that offer a thought-provoking opportunity to consider the openness and breadth of a field that is unrelenting in redefining its boundaries along with the probing questions.


"First part of a long-term survey, this book clearly shows that doctoral studies in architecture have reached such a degree of maturity, that these interviews can be read as true contributions to an epistemology of architectural research. This is mandatory reading for doctoral students and academics who, at times, can lack confidence in the value of research in a complex field – architecture – at the crossroad of disciplinary and professional expectations regarding the most pressing issues of our contemporary world."- Jean-Pierre Chupin, Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions, and Mediations of Excellence, Université de Montréal, Canada


"This volume offers a fascinating and long overdue insight into the origins and preoccupations of some of the major global centers of architectural research. These are the doctoral research programs in architectural design and humanities that tend to set the agenda - and the standards - for everyone else to follow. This collection will provide a valuable resource for all architectural researchers looking to raise their game." -Jonathan Hale, Professor of Architectural Theory, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham, UK

"The interviews presented here explore the speculative range of PhD programs in Architecture, each an intellectual ecosystem for students, many of whom will become teachers. These insights into the role of scholarship, teaching, and learning about the built environment have never been more crucial." - Gray Read, Director of the Masters of Arts in Architecture program at Florida International University, U.S.A.


"During epistemic changes in the nature of thought and in the status of truth, it is highly fitting to ask about the role and import of doctoral education for the discipline of architecture. More than ever, the profession invites a critical, yet integrated, review of its history, ambitions, and contested territories. To this end, InterVIEWS: Insights and Introspection on Doctoral Research in Architecture is a work of careful transcription that sets the stage for educating architectural educators of the twenty-first century with inspired teachings, polemics, and debate."- Franca Trubiano, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A






Alberto Pérez-Gómez | Donald Kunze | Paul Emmons | Harry Francis Mallgrave | Leon Van Schaik | Karen Franck | Martin Bechtold | Jonathan Hill | Rebecca Williamson | Michelangelo Sabatino | Wendy Pullan | Ross Jenner | David Leatherbarrow | Arindam Dutta | Beatriz Colomina | Ute Poerschke | Claire Zimmerman | Stanislaus Fung




Johanna Abril | Rana Abughannam | Nicolas Arellano Risopatron | Brynne Campbell | Dante Casasanta | Lara Chow | Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon | Martine Gallant | Jenan Ghazal | Katie Graham | Julie Ivanoff | H Masud Taj | Pablo Medina Villanueva | Jesse Rafeiro | Miquel Reina Ortiz | Jorge Rivera Gutierrez | Lynn Pfeffer Adriana Ross | Samieh Sarjamee | Claudio Sgarbi | Ryan Stec | Pallavi Swaranjali | Cristina Ureche-Trifu



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