The PhD program in Georgia Tech's School of Architecture has a distinguished tradition of scholarship in the field of History, Theory, and Criticism. Drawing on the unique range of disciplines and professions within the College and the Institute, its mission is to promote critical and scholarly reflection in architecture, with a special focus on issues that link theory and practice.
While centered primarily on modern and contemporary architecture, faculty interests vary significantly by subject area, period, region, and methodological emphasis. These continuously evolving and often cross-cultural interests engage three general areas of research, each dedicated to understanding the built environment as a form of cultural production: 1) architecture, technology, and the arts 2) cognitive and aesthetic theories of design, and 3) the cultures of cities. In different ways and with various techniques, faculty also contribute to a growing field of cross-cultural studies and interdisciplinary scholarship that use rigorous concepts from humanistic, social scientific, and technical disciplines often considered to be outside the purview of architectural history and theory, to better understand the material, spatial, and intellectual dimensions of the physical world. To this end, strong relationships have been established with the School of Literature, Media, and Communication and with the School of History, Technology, and Society at Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
I. architecture, technology, and the arts
II. cognitive and aesthetic theories of design
III. cultures of cities