AHO runs a mandatory 30 ECTS curriculum training component common to all PhD Fellows made up of three courses: Apparatus (15 ECTS) and Context (15 ECTS);. The courses runs from September to May as the first year of each PhD Fellowship. The PhD Programme is supported by dedicated academic and administrative staff, with further contributions coming from AHO's research staff and invited guests. Fellows are housed within one of AHO's four Research Centres.
Apparatus (15 ECTS) is concerned with acknowledging, understanding and demonstrating an ability to deal with the formalized systems surrounding higher research and defines project-based activities as research within an academic framework. This includes the creation of literature/source lists defining scope (bibliography), authority in academic texts (referencing and peer review), ethical integrity (ethical standards, guidance on plagiarism), the construction of formal research proposals (aims, research question, literature review, method, design, dissemination, budget), and negotiating publishing and research presentation.
Context (15 ECTS) introduces a range of practical, conceptual, critical and methodological lenses for understanding, thinking through and carrying out advanced research in the history, theory and practice of architecture, design, urbanism, landscape and related fields. A working concept of “methodological bricolage” serves as the course’s underlying critical-creative framework for interrogating and reflecting upon issues of collecting, analyzing, communicating and authoring research using a mixture of established and experimental means.
Tim Anstey Professor - AHO, Institute for Form, Theory and History / Chair of PhD Programme
Cheryl Ball Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies - University of West Virginia, Department of English
Reier Møll Schoder Advisor - AHO, Research Administration / PhD Programme Administrator