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Design, Technology and Society

Degree Offered: Ph.D.



P. Condon, S. Herrington, R. Kellett, D. Roehr, L. Van Duzer.

Professors Emeriti

C. Girling, C. Macdonald.

Associate Professors

J. Bass, J. Dahmen, M. Fujita, K. Lokman, A. Meyboom, I. Roecker,  A. Rysanek, B. Satterfield, M. Soules, S. Stevens.

Assistant Professors

R. Abughannam, F. Byrne, T. Gutiérrez-Monroy, S. Jacobs,  T. Vujosevic.

Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Design, Technology and Society in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture integrates design research with disciplines such as the social sciences, the applied sciences and the humanities. The program will advance new models of research-based practice, including the accommodation of Indigenous-focused research practices, that can be implemented in real world settings.

 The curriculum of the Ph.D. in Design, Technology and Society is structured to ensure that there will be multiple disciplinary pathways for students to complete their studies, and that studies may be credibly completed within 48 months of entry into the program.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the Senate requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program in Design, Technology and Society normally possess a master’s degree from an approved university in a course of study relevant to the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design or a contiguous field such as planning, urban forestry, geography, engineering and art history. Applicants must have an average of B+ or greater in their master’s degree.

Transfer to the Ph.D. program may be permitted following one year in a related master's program, including the Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture (M.A.S.A.) and the Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture (M.A.S.L.A.).  Transfer applicants must have completed 12 credits of coursework at level 500 or above with an average of A- or greater. 

Additionally, exceptional students may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program with a bachelor's degree.  Applicants holding only a Bachelor’s degree must possess an adequate combination of non-academic formal research training, appropriate work experience and clear evidence of research ability or potential.

Clear evidence of research ability or potential is essential in all candidates considered for admission.

Program Requirements

During the first two years in the program, students must complete a minimum of 15 credits of coursework including DES 562 (3) Research Seminar, DES 565 (6) Research Colloquium, and at least 6 credits of additional coursework selected in consultation with the Ph.D. supervisor.

The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ requirements. With the permission of SALA and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the dissertation may also be written in an Indigenous language or French, provided that an English translation accompanies the alternate language dissertation.

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