The Doctor of Philosophy degree is conferred upon qualified candidates in recognition of the fulfillment of the program requirements, command of specific areas of specialization, and an original contribution to the discipline. The dissertation, the culminating requirement of the Ph.D. degree program, establishes the candidate's mastery of the research methods of his/her specialized field and his/her ability to address a major intellectual problem and arrive at a successful conclusion.
The Ph.D. degree in Landscape Architecture and in Architecture is appropriate for those seeking careers in research and teaching or in roles in government or professional consultation, all of which require depth in specialization and experience in research.
For admission requirements, deadlines, and program structure, please visit the Ph.D. Program Website.
"My current role as a Principal and Director of Research in a design firm would not have been possible without my doctoral training at the University of Illinois. The university’s breadth and depth of environmental design experts and research resources allowed me to craft a strong foundation in the field of environmental psychology. The funny thing was that I was not fully aware of this at the time. I assumed that if I took the initiative and worked hard I would achieve and education similar to other doctoral students in my field at other universities. It was not until I graduated and was in architectural practice that I fully appreciated my education at the University of Illinois. I use the unique skill set I acquired at the university every day in practice. It continues to give my teams a competitive edge."
Nicholas Watkins, Ph.D.
History and Theory
History and Theory are critical components of both Architecture and Landscape Architecture, informing practice and education in both fields. They also, however, stand-alone as independent disciplines that contribute to our understanding of human history. At the University of Illinois, histories and theories of the built environment are regarded as essential contributions to scholarship in the humanities. As such, our students and faculty engage in dialogue with a wide range of historians and theoreticians across the campus, contributing spatial and visual modes of inquiry. The concerns of this option encompass the evolution of the entire cultural landscape, including the work of architects, landscape architects, and planners, but also with builders, craftspeople, and the ordinary men and women who create the human environment. The study of architectural and landscape history continually incorporates new research and methods derived from its essential links to other humanistic, social scientific, and technical disciplines. Some students in the History and Theory concentration elect to pursue the Graduate Minor in Heritage Studies.
Health and Wellbeing
Students focused on Health and Wellbeing investigate the relationship between the built environment and human mental and physical health across a range of environment types from housing to education to healthcare to public space. Students work at a range of scales from the micro to the macro. Recent research includes health equity and neighborhoods; housing and health; health and aging; experience, perception and identity; Daylighting, circadian rhythm, and sleep disorders, and supportive environments for vulnerable populations. Students employ quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches in their research.
Technology and Environment
The option of Technology explores and studies the tools, methods, and theories to improve our surroundings and building environments. This option presents a fertile field of research, which has a direct impact on design, management and construction, human comfort, economics, materials, and structural systems. Technology encompasses several areas of study:
- Building Science and Environmental Technology deals with the science and theory of thermal, luminous, acoustical environments as they relate to building design and human comfort, and environmental control systems;
- Ecological Design focuses on research related to the design of human-constructed environments as they relate to ecosystem health, human health and comfort, and restoration, remediation, and preservation of earth’s natural resources;
- Structures, Materials, and Construction deals with the strength and properties of materials, structures, construction methods, and business practice and management;
- Information and Digital Technology deals with the development of new methodologies of communication and design management, integration and execution of design, methods of visualization, representation, and experience of designed environments.
Urbanism students focus on the city and its complex spatial productions at the intersection of social, political, cultural, technological, and economic realms. Investigations may encompass the historical or contemporary city in the global north and/or global south and employ a mixed qualitative and quantitative methods approach.
Tait Johnson, Marketing modernism: aluminum cladding and the American commercial landscape.
Cesar Antonio Cruz, The phenomenology of a modern architect and his sense of place: Henry Klumb's residential architecture in Puerto Rico, 1944-1975.
Altaf Engineer, State of the art: museum additions and their impact on occupant experience.
Aparna Saligrama Ramachandra, The clinic and the community: exploring the role of the designed environment in the creation of social value.
Ayse Henry, The Pilgrimage Center of St. Symeon the Younger: designed by angels, supervised by a saint, constructed by pilgrims.
Chia-Hui Wang, Evidence-based design for childbirth environments: the impacts of window view and daylight exposure on the health of post-cesarean section women.
Wei Zhao, Home beyond the house: the meaning of home for people living in Yanxia village, Zhejiang Province, China.
Amirhossein Ghoreishi, Assessment of thermal mass property for energy efficiency and thermal comfort in concrete office buildings.
Yushu Zhu, Building a community of our own: How can the built environment help? Neighborhood communal space and community participation in Chinese urban.
Ho-Sung Kim, Advances in the operating condition design analysis of air based photovoltaic thermal solar roof systems.
Majd Musa, Constructing global Amman: petrodollars, identity, and the built environment in the early twenty-first century.
Ryan Abendroth, A critical analysis of the passive house standard for the climates of the United States.
Tutin Aryanti, Breaking the wall, preserving the barrier: gender, space, and power in contemporary mosque architecture in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Fang Xu, Space sharing, territoriality, and situational environments in Shanghai's high-rise gated developments.
Douglas Sturgeon, Economic performance of architectural firms: an application of production theory.
Janet Broughton, Tectonic sites: structuring the landscape with textile-derived construction techniques.
Daeho Kang, Advances in the application of passive down-draft evaporative cooling technology in the cooling of buildings.
Michael D. Brennan, Integrated project delivery: a normative model for value creation in complex military medical projects.
Young Tae Chae, Development of a hybrid heat source radiant system using an embedded concentric tube heat exchanger.
Susan N. Johnson-Roehr, The Spatialization of Knowledge and Power at the Astronomical Observatories of Sawai Jai Singh II, c. 1721-1743 CE.
Mona Azarbayjani, Beyond arrows: energy performance of a new, naturally ventilated, double-skin facade configuration for a high-rise office building in Chicago.
Jiayun A. Hodges, RE-ACTIVATE, exploring the potential of media-embedded architecture in reinforcing social interactions.
Na Wang, In Broad Daylight: An Investigation of the Multiple Environmental Factors Influencing Mood, Preference, and Performance in a Sunlit Workplace.
Mohamad Tarek Araji, Balancing Human Visual Comfort and Psychological Wellbeing in Private Offices.
Ajla Zisko, Knowledge-Based Model for Integrated Tall Building Design Factors.
Kwang Ho Lee, Configuration and Operating Condition Design Analysis of SOFC Systems for Building Applications.
Meltem Havva Gurel, Domestic Space, Modernity, and Identity: The Apartment in Mid-20th Century Turkey.
Suna Cagaptay-Arikan, Visualizing the Cultural Transition in Bithynia (1300--1402): Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism.
Nicholas Jay Watkins, The Journey Back to the World: Exploring the Psychological Effect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Vietnam War Combat Veterans With Posttraumatic.
MOHAMED BOUBEKRI, CHAIR
Ph.D. Texas A & M
Professor of Architecture
Building Daylighting and Energy Performance, Building Occupants' Health Issues, Building Economics and Feasibility Analysis
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor of Landscape Architecture
Ecological Design, Sustainability, Urban Dynamics
Ph.D. Architecture, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Associate Professor of Architecture
Cultural Heritage and Development, Housing and Immigrant Cultures, Healthy Residential Environments
Ph.D., Architectural History, University of California, Berkeley
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
Afria, Plantation Landscapes in U.S., Carceral Landscapes
Ph.D. Civil Engineering (Structural), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Lightweight Structural Systems, Transformable Structures, Elastic Stability of Structures
Ph.D. Columbia University
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
History and Theory of Architecture
d. fairchild ruggles
Ph.D. Art History, University of Pennsylvania
Professor of Landscape Architecture and Architecture, Debra Lee Mitchell Chair in Landscape Architecture
Medieval Islamic Spain and India, Cultural Heritage Landscape Management, Visual Theory
JOHN C. STALLMEYER
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Associate Professor of Architecture
Architecture and Urbanism in Developing Countries, Globalization and Information Technology, Contemporary Urban Development in India
YUN KYU YI
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Sustainable building environments, computational modeling simulations, building performance and evaluation.