About Research

We create knowledge that contributes to the future development of our physical environment. And we experiment with architecture and design in an academic context.

By the vision Engaging through Architecture, we focus on developing our relationship with architectural practice, and we develop and strengthen project-oriented and innovation-driven research, also known as research by design. We use methods from the architectural discipline, e.g. drawing, modelling, and experiments, as academic research methods.

Besides academic research, we focus on artistic development work, meaning the creation of artistic products of high aesthetic quality combined with reflections on the artistic practice.

The school offers strong research communities within digital design, interactive design, and urban landscape planning. And in the coming years, we plan on strengthening the areas of transformation, habitation, and sustainability.

The scientific staff is organized in three large research labs established around a limited number of relevant research areas addressing current challenges to society and architecture.

Research development

We constantly strive to strengthen our architecture and design research. Educating new researchers is an important part of our strategic development.

Our PhD environment develops the school’s research by generating new knowledge and new research areas. When recruiting new PhD students, we concentrate on the research areas of the Research Labs.

The concept research by design has been integrated into our Researcher Training Programme. And many of school’s PhD projects are project-oriented and innovation-based research combined with artistic development work.

Internationally, the school has been part of the cooperation project ADAPT-r from 2012 – 2016. The project facilitated researcher training for experienced practitioners and focused on the study of design methods, cognition, etc. in established architecture and design firms.

Current PhD projects

The highest academic degree at Aarhus School of Architecture is a doctorate. A doctoral dissertation (or doctoral thesis) is a major scientific written work that provides the foundation for a doctoral degree. A public thesis defence is mandatory.

A doctorate is awarded in recognition of the author’s scientific maturity and insight and of the author having made a significant contribution to the advancement of science through his or her dissertation.

Holders of a Master’s degree or a PhD degree within the school’s subject areas are entitled to submit a doctoral dissertation for assessment.