The Experience of a Pioneer Research Program in Architecture in Évora

  • Sofia Salema et all Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias


Three years ago the University of Évora implemented a research PhD program inarchitecture. Generally a doctorate in architecture has been an academic title awardedto architects who present a theoretical dissertation; however, for us, as a young butpromising school of architecture it was just natural that a project (as a methodology,a process of knowledge or simulation of a hypothesis) could be part of an advancedresearch in architecture. Thus, we started with this doctoral program seeking toquestion the current model of PhD programs and to established a new pioneeringparadigm syllabus in the national context with the intention to reach theinternational arenaDuring the course syllabus the project lab integrates the formulation of a theoreticalhypothesis (a conjecture), that becomes an architectural design, which is unique, butsimultaneously an universal knowledge. The program already had two editions were PhD students have been encouraged todevelop advanced research and to foster interaction between the theoretical andarchitecture production. Currently no research has yet finished. Students, althoughmuch interested in this type of research, are divided in their approach to architectureas a theoretical, speculative and critical field, and to architecture as a field ofresearch. Students and teachers are interested in research that develops theirarchitecture design skills, as a relevant process of advancement knowledge inarchitecture.We believe that PhD syllabus will contribute to demystify and implement the conceptof advanced studies in architecture, based on architectural research. This paper willshare some of the ideas, doubts, and results of our PhD program.