Architectural design and doctoral research
Ute Poerschke discussed the structure and the research approaches offered in the PhD program of the Department of Architecture at Penn State. She situated the program in relation to others in North America and the world and discussed the challenges encountered in the approval process to establish a doctoral program in architecture in the context of an academic institution that trains future professionals. Poerschke emphasized the relevance of reflection in architecture and the role of academic doctorates in advancing knowledge in the field. She discussed the department’s research clusters in material matters, sustainability, design computing, and culture, society, and space. She was also invited to discuss how architecture practice and academic teaching inform one another in her work.