The PDA – PhD programme in Architecture of the Faculty of Architecture - University of Porto (FAUP) aims to provide qualified training within the Third Cycle of Studies where the issues of architecture, organization of space and representation are articulated with critical thinking and theoretical thought, substantiated by a thorough and innovative knowledge of project and research practices in an intervening disciplinary cultural and social perspective.
The study options envisage different aspects of Project Theories and Practices, Housing Project and Ways of Inhabiting, Architecture: Theory Project History, Urban Forms and Dynamics, Architectural Heritage. The offer is complemented by elective curricular modules that deepen perspectives in terms of art and culture, politics and sociology, science and maths, philosophy, history, drawing, in order to define a multidisciplinary platform of support for the preparation of the PhD thesis.
The process of creation of the thesis bolsters close contact with professors and researchers of the Faculty and other institutions that carry its specific research interests for the debate circles created with the students in the different curriculum modules. However, individual and specific support for each student is equally important, considering the tutorial and training framework, keeping a close eye on the research perspectives and interests of each of the doctoral students.
The structure of the first year comprises a common teaching-learning scope of advanced theoretical and methodology knowledge regarding architecture and urbanism, articulated with alternative training paths that are organized in accordance with the study options. The 1st year concludes with the presentation and defense of the Thesis Project in front of the Assessment Panel. The two subsequent years are dedicated to the writing of the thesis, under the scientific guidance of one professor or researcher at the Faculty of Architecture - University of Porto, likely integrating a team of co-supervisors (including external supervisors). The fulfilment of the projects of the theses is supervised and monitored through the completion of Investigation Practices and through the revision of the issue of the thesis, with the presentation of the Progress Report at the beginning of the 3rd year of the doctoral programme.
Marta Oliveira, Course Director
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