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PhD and Advanced Studies Program Applications for the 2nd stage (online)

The Design and Computation Group at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon is offering a set of subjects in Design and Computation that can be grouped using the ECTS  (European Credit Transfer System) towards two new Programs: (1) the Advanced Study Program in Computation for Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design and (2) the Doctoral Program in Architecture: Design and Computation.

The first program roughly corresponds to the first year of the second program and students who enroll in the first may proceed to the second.

These programs are very flexible and students may also enroll in subjects in other areas at the school, which offers around 70 elective courses and many more mandatory subjects each year. Enrollment in subjects at other schools of the university also is possible.

Classes are taught in English and the DGC group includes a number of international students, as well as a panel of international visiting teaching staff each year.

The school offers a very international atmosphere with students from more than 50 countries currently enrolled in its programs on a beautiful setting, provided by Lisbon and its surroundings.

We have in place a set of Exchange Programs that allow for students to spend one or two semesters studying or doing research abroad or at another national school.

Funding may be available through a scholarship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) (http://www.fct.pt/index.phtml.en)

Elective curricular units related to Computation

1st Semester
Shape Grammars
3D Digitization
Space Syntax
Introduction To Geographic Information Systems
Building Information Modelling
Programming for Architecture
2nd Semester
Design and Digital Fabrication
Mathematical Bases For Computation
Media and Communication
Tools For Analysis And Simulation
Parametric Urban Design
Virtual Environments for Design

Other elective curricular units

Advanced Studies Program in Computation applied to Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design

The expression of the architecture of a particular time always reflects the context of the time, including the available technology. Today, computational resources are already instruments used in most design environments. However, to a certain extent, they are used merely as facilitators of processes acquired and tested over time.

The Advanced Studies Program in Design and Computation is intended to go one step forward by promoting the use of computation in architecture as a means for expanding intuition and awareness, thereby enhancing the capacity of the Architect to relate to and act on the surrounding world in a more intelligent and holistic way.

The Advanced Studies Program roughly corresponds to the first year of the PhD Program in Architecture in the area of specialization in Design and Computation, one of the five areas of specialization of the PhD Program. Students who choose to enroll in the Advanced Program first may then apply to the PhD Program, being the credits obtained count as credits towards the first year of the PhD Program.

 

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Doctoral Programs in FA

The FA offers three main doctoral programmes in Architecture, Urbanism, and Design. The doctoral programme in Architecture is composed of five areas of specialisation: Design Theory and Practice, History and Theory, Building Technology and Management, Conservation and Rehabilitation, Drawing, and Computation. The doctoral programme in Urbanism addresses Urban Planning and Design and Management issues, but does not include separate areas of specialisation. This also is the case with the doctoral programme in Design, which covers product, communications and fashion design. The three doctoral programmes include one year of coursework (60 ECTS) followed by a minimum of two and a maximum of four years of research (60+60 ECTS). In general, students take four or five years to complete the programme. A maximum of up to one year of leave of absence is allowed, which will not count as study time. The structure of the programmes is flexible, enabling each student to pursue his/her own research interests. Coursework includes two mandatory courses each totalling 10 ECTS, namely Research Methods in the 1st semester and the Thesis Prep Seminar in the 2nd semester. In addition, it includes 20 ECTS of elective courses in each semester. At least half of the elective course credits need to be obtained in the area of specialisation in which students are enrolled. The other half can be taken in other areas or in other programmes offered by the School or elsewhere. It is not uncommon for students to take courses in other scientific areas (such as engineering or biology) outside the School or to spend a semester at another school, including foreign institutions with which the FA has an exchange agreement. The goal is to promote interdisciplinary work.
At the end of the first year, students take the qualifying exam. This exam consists of the defence of a research proposal, produced within the framework of the Thesis Prep Seminar, which will subsequently be developed. In the remaining years students develop their own research under the supervision of their advisors. Although students should develop their research independently, they can do so within the context of existing research projects. While developing their research, they also attend Research Labs, consisting of seminars in which they are asked to discuss their research with other students and professors.

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