Learning Outcomes: Architecture, PhD

Learning Outcomes for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture

Theory & Knowledge

  • Students will understand the major theoretical approaches in their architectural subdiscipline, and the assumptions inflected on research situated within any one approach.
  • Students will develop mastery of the knowledge in a major architectural subdiscipline and substantial comprehension of knowledge in a minor field outside of architecture.
  • Students can identify and describe key theories, concepts, and issues associated with the major theoretical approaches in their architectural subdiscipline.
  • Students can combine theoretical approaches to explain phenomena they intend to study.
  • Students can select the theoretical approach that is most applicable to a phenomenon and explain why they have selected that perspective


  • Students will be able to identify, interpret, and synthesize research and describe the gaps in research conducted by other scholars in a particular area of focus.
  • Students will comprehend the primary quantitative and qualitative research methods employed in systematic study of the built environment.
  • Students will be versed in research ethics pertinent to their architectural subdiscipline.
  • Students will be design and carryout a major original research project that contributes new knowledge to the discipline.
  • Students will be able to articulate to scholars outside the field the value of including architectural perspectives in interdisciplinary research.

‚ÄčDissemination of Scholarship

  • Students will understand the value and obligation for scholars to engage in all aspects of the peer-review process.
  • Students informally share their work-in-progress with peers.
  • Student can engage peer-review conference and journal venues where they disseminate their research.

Professional Development

  • Students explore academic and professional post-graduation possibilities for applying their expertise in productive employment.
  • Students understand the different types of academic institutions and the expectations of faculty and staff in these different institution settings.
  • Students can design and deliver a lecture.
  • Students can identify and describe different methods of academic instruction and explain their differential goals.