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Research in Doctoral Studies

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Building Technology

How buildings are made and how they are controlled is the realm of building technology. Sub-areas of research within this specialization include: materials and construction, structural systems, lighting and day lighting, acoustics, heating and air conditioning, energy conservation, sustainable design, and intelligent buildings. Typically, research in these areas requires physical testing of building components, computer simulation of systems performance, and statistical evaluation.

Design Studies

Design Studies is broadly conceived as the study of the reciprocal relationships between social and spatial practices, formal analyses and design processes, and the meaning and experience of places. Informed by its interdisciplinary roots in the social sciences, humanities and allied professional fields, the DS area aims to contribute both to theory-building in architecture and design disciplines and to applications in contemporary practice, leading to the creation of more responsive environments. Current work among faculty and students in this area spans a broad array of topics, including: space syntax; urban and typo-morphological studies; design processes that foster civic engagement and participation; place experience—from the marginal to “significant” designed projects; computational models for analyses of form and space; perception of aesthetics; behavioral incentives for sustainable practices, the role of digital technologies in contemporary culture, and more. Students in DS may draw from a diverse range of interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives incorporating both empirically-based studies and discursive research traditions in their dissertation work.

History and Theory

The specialization area in architectural history and theory emphasizes the study of buildings and cities in terms of the various social formations, intellectual and practical traditions, and theoretical lenses through which architecture and urbanism have developed as distinctive fields of endeavor. Faculty and students work in a variety of settings: from Medieval and Early Modern Europe and Western Asia, to nineteenth and twentieth century settings in North America, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia. History and theory faculty and students carry out research using a diverse array of historical methods and theoretical paradigms that engage with and contribute to a growing field of interdisciplinary scholarship concerned broadly with contemporary material, spatial, and intellectual genealogies. Rather than pursuing a single modality for the discipline in order to establish an institutional identity, individuals explore the subjects and paradigms they deem most appropriate. All are united however in their commitment to the practice of rigorous historical scholarship.

 

FACULTY

Building Technology

Sean Ahlquist
Assistant Professor, M.Arch, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK
Computational design frameworks which place materiality as an a priori agent in the organization of architectural systems and their spatial tectonics

Harry Giles
Professor of Practice, M.S., University of Natal, Durban;
Graduate Diploma, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Qualitative methods for understanding structural behavior, fabric membrane analysis and design optimization simulation in multiphysis applications

Lars Junghans
Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Developing and optimization of high performance buildings with a comprehensive view to all aspects of the building thermal behavior including passive and active strategies

Jong Jin Kim
Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Sustainable design, daylighting, indoor air quality, intelligent building

Mojtaba Navvab
Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Daylight, electric light, acoustics, building energy efficiency, LEED rating system applications, physical modeling

Peter von Bülow
Professor, Dr.-Ing. University of Stuttgart
Structural optimization using genetic algorithms, digital design aids for form finding

Design Studies

Linda N. Groat
Professor, Ph.D., University of Surrey
Meaning in architecture, place theory, research design and methods, environmental psychology

El Hadi Jazairy
Assistant Professor, D.Design, Harvard University
Contemporary patterns of urbanization investigating in particular after-sprawl conditions, extraterritorial zones, and shrinking cities.

Joy Knoblauch
Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Princeton University
Design and the human sciences, and the interaction between architecture, government and population.

Malcolm McCullogh
Professor, M.Arch., University of California, Los Angeles
Digital form-giving, interaction design, pervasive computing

History and Theory

Robert B. Fishman
Emil Lorch Professor, Ph.D., Harvard University
History of urban form, history of city planning, urban history, suburbia, regionalism, utopian cities

Andrew Herscher
Associate Professor, Ph.D., Harvard University
History and theory of 20th century architecture; architecture and media; heritage and cultural memory; architecture and social justice and human rights

John McMorrough
Associate Professor, Ph.D., Harvard University
History and theory of 20th / 21st century architecture and urbanism, relation of disciplinarity and agency in contemporary design practices

Claire Zimmerman
Associate Professor, Ph.D., City University of New York
20th century architecture and media studies, history of modernity