The Program

The Ph.D. in architecture is a research degree appropriate for those seeking careers in teaching and scholarship in architecture and its related areas, or in roles in government or professional consultation that require depth in specialization and experience in research. Berkeley’s Ph.D. program in architecture is interdisciplinary in outlook, reaching into the various disciplines related to architecture and incorporating substantial knowledge from outside fields. Students admitted to this program carry out a program of advanced study and research, both on the basis of formal class work and of individual investigation. Work centers on three related fields of study, the major field (the basis for the dissertation), and one-to-two minor fields, at least one of which must be from a discipline outside architecture.

The Fields of Study

The Ph.D. degree emphasizes course work and supervised independent research in one of the following areas of study:

Major fields outside these fields or combinations thereof may also be proposed at the time of admission.

Course work is individually developed through consultation with an academic adviser. Outside fields of study may take advantage of the University’s varied resources. Recent graduates have completed outside fields in anthropology, art history, business administration, city and regional planning, computer science, various engineering fields, psychology, women’s studies, geography and sociology.

Ph.D. Faculty

The following are members of the Ph.D faculty who oversee Ph.D. students in the Architecture Department. Please also review the current list of all faculty in the Architecture Department for other faculty and specialities. A sampling of faculty research is described on the faculty research projects page.

Building Science, Technology and Sustainability

Gail S. Brager, Professor of Architecture
Passive Design Strategies, Comfort and Adaptation in Naturally-Ventilated Buildings, Post-Occupancy Evaluation and Personal Comfort Systems.

Luisa Caldas, Professor of Architecture
Evolutionary Computation, Generative Design Systems in Architecture, Thermal and Daylighting Behavior of Buildings and Development of New Construction Materials.

Stefano Schiavon, Associate Professor of Architecture
Energy Use, Ventilation Strategies, Radiant Systems, Air Movement, Thermal Comfort, Building Performance Simulations, Post-Occupancy Evaluations, Indoor Environmental Quality.

Simon Schleicher, Assistant Professor of Architecture
Flexible Structures, Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, Adaptive Architecture, Compliant Mechanisms, Bio-inspired Design and Fabrication, Rapid Prototyping, Structural Design and Computational Form-finding.

History, Theory and Society

Greg Castillo, Associate Professor of Architecture
20th Century Architecture with Emphasis on Mid-Century Modernism, Cold War-Era Design, Consumer Culture, Architecture and the History of Emotions.

Margaret Crawford, Professor of Architecture
History of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History and Theory, US Built Environment Studies, Urbanism in China

C. Greig Crysler, Professor of Architecture
Architecture of Globalization, discourses of Architecture and Urbanism and the Arcus Chair in Gender, Sexuality and the Built Enviornment.

Andrew Shanken, Professor of Architecture
Architecture and Consumer Culture, Memory and the Built Environment, Paper Architecture and the Unbuilt, Expositions, Themed Landscapes, and Architectural Rhetoric.

Neyran Turan, Assistant Professor of Architecture

The Requirements

The Ph.D. program in architecture is governed by the regulations of the University Graduate Division and administered by the departmental Ph.D. committee. Specific degree requirements include:

  • A minimum of two years in residence.
  • Completion of a one-semester course in research methods.
  • Satisfaction of a foreign language requirement for those in the History, Theory and Society. 
  • Completion of one-to-two outside fields of study.
  • A written qualifying examination, followed by an oral qualifying examination.
  • A dissertation.

Course requirements for the degree include:

Requirement Number of Units
Course Requirements for All Ph.D. Students
Research Methods, Specialty Area 3-4 units
Inside Field (Specialty Area) 9 (Minimum) units
Outside Field(s) 12 (Minimum) units
Architecture Breadth Courses (for students who do not
have a previous degree in Architecture)
6 units

2021-2022 BSTS Ph.D. Handbook [PDF]
2021-2022 HTS Ph.D. Handbook [PDF] 

Ph.D Alumni List

Ph.D. Alumni -- Building Science, Technology and Sustainability

Ph.D. Alumni - History, Theory, and Society