Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture

IIT’s College of Architecture offers the only program leading to a PhD in Architecture in Chicago, a cosmopolitan metropolis characterized by a dynamic architectural culture, supportive research institutions and leading firms that drive the profession.

Founded in the late 1990s as a laboratory for applied research and scholarship, the PhD program attracts graduate students from the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa who converge onto the landmarked, Mies-designed IIT campus to address a broad range of topics within a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary environment.

The students enrolled in the PhD program explore the historic and contemporary intersections among  Architecture, Culture & Technology through two areas of specialized research: History, Theory, and Criticism (HTC), and Technologies of the Built Environment (TBE). In this context Chicago, and Midwestern, architecture, infrastructure, landscape, and urbanism, are at the center of applied research and scholarly inquiry. Students are engaged in research including energy modeling, housing, landscape, urbanism, and the design and history of tall buildings (in conjunction with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, CTBUH).

Graduates of IIT’s PhD Program typically pursue academic careers in universities, obtain positions in research institutions or return to professional practice. 

Direct admission into the PhD Program is preferred but admission via the MS program is also an option. Funding opportunities are available in the forms of teaching assistantships, tuition waivers and Design Research Fellowships with prominent international firms with local offices. A limited number of international exchange program opportunities are available for advanced PhD students. Research Associate, Senior Research Associate, Visiting Researcher, Visiting Professor, Visiting Short-term Scholar, and Visiting Scholar opportunities are also available and can be found on the  Research @ IIT webpage.

Rahman Azari, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director


PhD Symposium: Buildings, Cities, and Performance

PhD Faculty & Staff
PhD Architecture Research Forum SeriesPhD Students
PhD Admissions

Graham Resource Center Thesis and Dissertation Collection
PhD Program Description & Curriculum
PhD Program Overview Poster
PhD Program on Facebook


PhD Symposium: Buildings, Cities, and Performance

CHICAGO SCHOOLS: 2nd International Graduate Student Symposium


Contact us: IIT Architecture PhD Office

Phone: 312.567.3930
Fax: 312.567.6816
for detailed information please contact