The Ph.D. Program for Design Research primarily operates on the Blacksburg campus through the School of Architecture + Design. Over the past fifteen years the number of students and diversity of research activities has steadily grown resulting in an internationally recognized program, drawing students from around the globe. PhD candidates focusing on landscape architecture topics, including design education and pedagogy, work with faculty in the landscape architecture program as well as others from across the university.
Meet some of our current PhD students.
The faculty are seeking to admit a highly selective group of students who have master’s degrees in closely allied fields, such as Architecture, Environmental Design, Building Science, Landscape Architecture, Architecture History and Theory, Interior Design, and Industrial Design. In addition to the application requirements of the Virginia Tech Graduate School and those pertaining to all graduate programs within the School of Architecture + Design, applicants to the PhD degree in Architecture and Design Research must submit a portfolio and a 2,500 word statement of research focus.
To apply, visit the Graduate School Application Page.