The School of Architecture offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural Sciences degree to candidates who are prepared to undertake innovative and substantive research that adds to the body of knowledge drawn on by the design disciplines. The sciences in this context refer to those disciplines that support and shape our understanding and production of the built environment, including its physical, biological, social, cognitive, and cultural contexts. The Ph.D. is an inherently interdisciplinary degree in which concentrations can be elected in Architectural Acoustics, Built Ecologies, and Lighting. A distinguished faculty within the School and across the Institute provides support for research projects that are informed by both disciplinary depth and transdisciplinary integration.
The degree is intended for those who desire a career in teaching, research, specialized professional practices, or consulting. The program is designed to build knowledge, skills, insight, and experiences that will enable these individuals to make an original and lasting contribution to their chosen field beginning with their dissertation, and continuing into their professional lives. The program is structured to foster a community of students and scholars, a collaborative environment in which lateral flows of ideas and influences enrich the research agenda of each member of the community.
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by a number of professional and academic societies.
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