The Department of Architecture is commited to fostering a vivid research culture. The new programme 'The Architectural Project and its Foundations' invites scholars to collaborate and exchange research results across chairs and sections. This culture of exchange and debate is further enhanced by actions of the research committee such as peer review colloquia, seminars and debates.
In the past years the Department of Architecture has been actively investing in the development and the further professionalization of a three-fold system of support for PhD candidates. The primary responsibilities of supervision are carried by the main supervisor (a professor within the department), with an additional daily supervisor. On a secondary level (gathering all PhD candidates within a research project or chair) small PhD seminars are organized which are based on close reading of texts and engage as well with discussions on method as on content. A third level (gathering all researchers of the department) consists of Peer Review Colloquia that are organized two or three times a year. During these seminars external specialists in the particular research fields are invited to react to the work of PhD candidates. A month prior to the colloquium a reader with texts by the candidates is prepared as a basis for these discussions. Each PhD candidate is required to take part in at least 2 Peer Review Colloquia (after the first year of research (outline presentation) and approximately after 2,5 years (chapter presentation) over the course of the PhD research period.
In this section, we’ve brought together the agenda of the Peer Review Colloquia next to an agenda for international conferences and events, and information on courses and workshops coming from every corner of the University. These courses are offered to help PhD students improving their research and transferable skills. Moreover, starting this academic year (2010-2011), a faculty-wide PhD curriculum will be installed; a meticulously structured programme will introduce students to the foundations and methods of design-oriented research in the humanities, social sciences and technical sciences. The curriculum shall become one of the foundations of NeXT Generation_, the Graduate School for Architecture and the Built Environment.
The final section here concerns funding and is set up to inform and support research staff whilst acquiring financial support for their projects. This section is only accessible for staff members.