PhD: X Agendas for Architecture. Department of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, 1 June 2021

PhD Positions: X Agendas for Architecture Dissertation Proposals. Department of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, 1 June 2021

Under the auspices of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (Delft University of Technology), the Department of Architecture invites PhD dissertation proposals to help expand its doctoral portfolio. We invite all interested academic and/or professional candidates who are qualified to pursue PhD-level research work aligned with the Department’s research agenda. The research program of the Department consists of 10 Research Lines, and offers a rich and challenging environment that provides rewarding research experience. The Department’s research program is guided by a group of diverse critically acclaimed scholars, leading professional academics and internationally acknowledged architects (involved as professors of (design) practice). The research program facilitates in-depth, independent research work that relates to the major themes of the research portfolio as well as to its educational activities. For the new round of PhD candidacies, the Department will accept and consider proposals that will contribute to its existing research portfolio, based on four specific and pre-defined topics. The successful candidates will be expected to contribute innovative, leading-edge research work to the Department of Architecture and its research portfolio.

Please note that TU Delft does not provide financial support and that the candidate has to demonstrate the availability of funding to sustain her/himself during the PhD research. However, the Department of Architecture, in cooperation with the faculty’s Graduate School and Valorisation Centre, will fully and actively support applications of accepted candidates with respect to external funding. For more information, please visit the website:


The deadline for submission is 1 June 2021, 12PM.


dr. Marc Schoonderbeek, Research Nestor of the Department of Architecture


Under the heading ‘X Agendas for Architecture’, the Department of Architecture’s research program consists of 10 Research Lines, which are: ‘Architecture and the City’; ‘Borders & Territories’; ‘Situated Architecture’; ‘Global Housing’; ‘Architecture, Culture and Modernity’; ‘Digital Culture’; ‘Ecologies of Architecture’; ‘History’; ‘Architectural Pedagogies’ and ‘Design Research’. The research carried out by the Department of Architecture distinguishes itself by a focus on architecture as a cultural field of expertise; a field in which making and thinking are inextricably linked. The research programme regards the architectural project as the junction where a complex combination of cultural, social, artistic, material, functional, economic and ecological factors is articulated as a concrete spatial proposal. The research groups within the program can be distinguished by their focus on a particular aspect of architectural expertise that is relevant in addressing contemporary societal and scientific questions, involving both theory and practice.


  • PhD Trajectory #01,
    Design, Regulation and Resilience: The Architecture of Cooperative Housing. The candidate will be supervised by prof. Marja Elsinga and dr. Anne Kockelkorn.
  • PhD Trajectory #02,
    Conflict Mediations. The PhD candidate will be supervised by dr. Marc Schoonderbeek and dr. Aleksandar Staničić.
  • PhD Trajectory #03,
    The Business of Architecture. The PhD candidate will be supervised by prof. Daniel Rosbottom and dr. Amy Thomas.
  • PhD Trajectory #04,
    Governing the Global South: Material and Population Flows of Cold War Era Designs. The PhD candidate will be supervised by dr. Roberto Rocco and dr. Vanessa Grossman.

More information and the full call can be found here.

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