chapter  17
14 Pages

Diagnosing design

Doctoral studies in architecture at the University of Michigan
WithClaire Zimmerman

Claire Zimmermann discussed the doctorate in architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, since it came to be in 1968. She was invited to position the program’s contributions to the development of architectural theory and how it distinguishes itself from others in the field. She discussed methodological approaches and reflected on other approaches to research in architecture, such as research by design and by practice. She elaborated on the retraining of doctoral students in critical reading and writing in architecture, the major and minor parallel structure of the program, which allows students to pursue interdisciplinary knowledge, and the changing relationships between three broad areas of specialized research in architecture, ranging from building technology, to design studies, to history and theory.