INTRODUCTION

  • As a dynamic center for education, investigation, innovation and dissemination in Barcelona, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), which already proposes a varied educational offer – advanced and self-sufficient architecture, design, robotics and urbanism – will now provide a top-level PhD program pioneering in the fields of Advanced Architecture & Urbanism.
  • Standing for the highest degree and level of competence, the integration of the Phd Program is a significant step contributing to IAAC’s academic excellence. Together with the Swinburne University of Technology, located in Melbourne, Australia, IAAC now offers a PhD programme exploring various areas of research, ranging from advanced computation for responsive architectural  and urban design to advanced manufacturing and novel materials for sustainable construction.

From the academic year of 2019/20, selected professionals and researchers around the world will have the opportunity to follow a PhD programme at IAAC in order to reach full competency and mastery in critical aspects for the future of architecture and urbanism. Developed in partnership with the Australian Swinburne University of Technology, the programme stands for a significant step forward for IAAC as it contributes in its consolidation as a leading European Research Centre. The PhD programme runs in an OffShore modality, allowing researchers to develop their research in IAAC’s Barcelona campus, developing a period of research in the Melbourne based facilities of Swinburne, and receiving the title from this same university, ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide.

“IAAC has always been on the forefront of applied research in the field of Architecture and Urbanism through the agile and rigorous work developed in our experimental educational programs, european funded research projects and industry collaborations. 

This new PhD program in collaboration with the strong multidisciplinary design work of Swinburne is one more step towards IAAC’s goal to take this work outside the laboratory to impact positively society and the built environment. The joint effort of IAAC and Swinburne targets collaborative work with leading international professionals and PhD students to change the world through the application of innovative and meaningful research agendas. Closely connected with other research centers, as well as with city administrations, industries and the society, we are developing this PhD program as a leading laboratory for real world solutions.”

Areti Markopoulou – Academic Director, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.

IAAC-SWIN OFFSHORE PHD PROGRAMME IN BRIEF
DegreePhD (Doctor of Philosophy) – issued by the Swinburne University of Technology
Edition2nd edition, start January 2021
DurationMinimum 3 years – Full Time
LanguageEnglish
Fess & FundingFor information on registration fees and/or possible funding, please contact us at [email protected]
AdmissionsEngineering, Design or Architecture Bachelor’s and Master’s or Honour’s degree, or higher degree from other related professions, as well as complying with the Entry Requirements below.
 

ABOUT THE PARTNER INSTITUTIONS

IAAC

Founded in 2001, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is a centre for research, education, production and outreach, with the mission of envisioning the future habitat of our society and building it in the present. IAAC follows the digital revolution at all scales (from bits to geography, from micro-controllers to cities, from materials to the territory) to expand the boundaries of architecture and design and meet the challenges faced by humanity. IAAC is an experimental and experiential centre where one learns by doing, through a test methodology that promotes real solutions. IAAC is an open, independent and radical non-profit foundation; inspired by the values of Barcelona, the capital of architecture and design, where urbanism was invented and where a local high quality and innovation-oriented research is connected to an international network of excellence in technology, architecture and society fields.

Swinburne University of Technology

More than 100 years ago Swinburne opened its doors with a simple premise in mind: to provide education to a section of society otherwise denied further education. More than a century later, the Swinburne University of Technology, based in Melbourne, Australia, continues to persevere in its commitment to not only provide, but also transform education through strong industry engagement, social inclusion, a desire to innovate and, above all, a determination to create positive change.

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation, embracing sustainability, cross-cultural partnerships and equal opportunity. A desire to innovate and bring about positive change motivates all students and staff, resulting in an institution that grows and evolves each year.

WHAT IS AN OFFSHORE PHD?

The IAAC-SWIN offshore PhD programme allows you to complete your research degree jointly at IAAC and Swinburne. If successful, you will receive a single doctoral degree from Swinburne.

Swinburne’s offshore PhD programmes allow students who are based predominantly offshore (outside of Australia) to enrol in a Swinburne PhD.

As a candidate of the IAAC-SWIN OffShore PhD programme, you will be jointly supervised by IAAC and Swinburne. You will have access to the same supervisory support and research training as an onshore student, and will spend time in Australia as part of the programme.

“The Offshore PhD programme with IAAC offers Swinburne collaboration with top PhD scholars and supervisors tackling the leading edge of research in advanced architecture. A perfect marriage of IAAC, as world-leading centre for hands-on experimental and experiential research in the digital in architecture, and Swinburne’s interdisciplinary technology-led approach to joining up ‘industry 4.0’ in design and construction to benefit people and planet. The partnership builds on previous IAAC-Swinburne collaborations, such as the Bifurcation studio, and Melbourne node of IAAC Global Summer School: Coding to Cultivating.” 

Jane Burry – Dean, School of Design, Swinburne University of Technology.

STUDY AREAS

The IAAC-SWIN offshore PhD gives the possibility to explore a wide range of topics:

  • Architecture,
  • Design,
  • Urban Design,
  • Computational Design,
  • Digital Fabrication for Construction,
  • Internet of Things,
  • Urban Technologies,
  • Advanced Materials,
  • Robotic Fabrication,
  • Sustainable Construction.

The PhD programme will allow to merge the experience and experimental approach of both IAAC and Swinburne, further enhancing their shared research agendas through a collaborative approach to the highest level of education.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students wanting to enrol in the IAAC-SWIN offshore PhD research degree must have a demonstrated ability to undertake significant research in a defined area of interest.

Research ability may be demonstrated in a variety of ways. When applying to undertake a higher degree by research, you must:

  1. comply with Swinburne’s English language requirements
  2. have met one of the minimum entry requirements listed in one of the study areas (see above) or demonstrate equivalent prior learning and research experience as set out in Swinburne’s required standards of achievement and research experience.

View Swinburne’s required standards of achievement and research experience here.

OPEN POSITIONS

There are currently no open positions for the IAAC-SWIN Offshore PhD program. Positions will be opened for application in November 2020, and possible funding schemes will be announced with the position openings. All positions opening in November 2020 are currently non-funded positions. The application deadline will be the 18th of December 2020.

The maximum cohort of PhD candidates accepted for commencement in January 2021 is 5.

RESEARCH TRAINING & SUPPORT

As a candidate of the IAAC-SWIN OffShore PhD programme, you will be jointly supervised by IAAC and Swinburne. You may also be assigned secondary support, on behalf of an Early Career Researcher with specialisation in your field of research.

PhD Candidates will follow various training activities, including theoretical, methodological and practical training workshops, held at IAAC, oriented to support their applied research development.

Candidates will also have access to the same research training as an onshore candidate through Swinburne, and will spend time in Australia as part of the programme.

To view Swinburne training sessions, workshops and seminars for research candidates, click here.

PHD FORMAT

PhD candidates are required to make a significant and original contribution to a discipline or profession by submitting one of the following, equivalent to 70,000 – 100,000 words:

  • a written research thesis
  • a written research thesis including associated papers
  • an artefact, such as a creative work or design product, with an accompanying exegesis (critical explanation).

As a PhD candidate, you’re expected to:

  • conduct independent research of high originality and quality
  • independently conceive of, design, conduct and complete a research project or programme
  • develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the research area and methodological approaches
  • communicate convincingly with clarity and relevance to appropriate audiences.

FAQ:

As a candidate of the IAAC-SWIN OffShore PhD programme, you will be jointly supervised by IAAC and Swinburne. You may also be assigned secondary support, on behalf of an Early Career Researcher with specialisation in your field of research.

PhD Candidates will follow various training activities, including theoretical, methodological and practical training workshops, held at IAAC, oriented to support their applied research development.

Candidates will also have access to the same research training as an onshore candidate through Swinburne, and will spend time in Australia as part of the programme.

To view Swinburne training sessions, workshops and seminars for research candidates, click here (https://www.swinburne.edu.au/current-students/student-services-support/study-learning-support/)

It is expected that Students enrolled in the IAAC-SWIN Offshore PhD program will visit Swinburne at least once during the period of PhD candidature to present work-in-progress seminars and interact directly with their Swinburne supervisors. Travel, accommodation and related costs for visits to Swinburne shall be borne by the Student. This period should be for a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 6 months.

Students who wish to apply to the IAAC-SWIN offshore PhD program must first an foremost meet all the Entry requirements (see https://iaac.net/educational-programmes/applied-research-programmes/iaac-swin-offshore-phd-programme/#entryrequeriments) for the program. Students will also be asked to submit, beyond the documentation relative to the entry requirements, a fully developed proposal. This should include:

  1. RESEARCH FRAMEWORK
    Stating the general context of research existing today within which your research is framed and will add to.
  2. STATE OF THE ART
    Illustrating existing research in depth relevant to your specific contribution.
  3. SCIENTIFIC INTEREST
    Defining the specific contribution of the proposal in relation to the body of research that exists
  4. RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS
    Stating a specific, clear, and testable proposition or predictive statement about the possible outcome of the proposed research.
  5. RESEARCH AIM & OBJECTIVES
    Illustration of the main aims of the research and related objectives for their development.
  6. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
    Explanation of how, in practical terms through diverse methodological approaches, the research development will meet the aims and objectives set, as well as confront the research hypothesis.
  7. INITIAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
    A selection of fundamental literature in relation to the research proposal.

This document should not exceed 5 pages.

IAAC-SWIN offshore PhD program offers both funded and non funded positions.

Funded positions are subject to the specific conditions of the funding scheme they pertain to, and waive the application fee.

Non funded positions entail yearly enrolment fee of €2500. Non funded positions require the candidate to be present at IAAC part time, and full time at Swinburne during the period of stay in Melbourne.

All IAAC-SWIN offshore PhD positions require the candidate to be present on campus.

Non funded positions require the candidate to be present at IAAC part time, and full time at Swinburne during the period of stay in Melbourne.

Funded positions require the candidate to be present full time at IAAC, and full time at Swinburne during the period of stay in Melbourne.

SUPERVISORS

Academic Director / MAA01, MAA02, MaCT Programme Director and Studio Faculty / DMIC Leader / Board of Trustees Member / PhD Supervisor

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Mark Burry

MAA Senior Faculty / PhD Supervisor

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Head of Studies / MAA, MRAC, MaCT, CIEE Studio & Theory Faculty / Research Methodology Advisor / PhD Supervisor

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Manuel Gausa

MAA Senior Faculty / Advanced Theory Director / MaCT Seminar Faculty / PhD Supervisor

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SECONDARY SUPERVISORS (Early Career Researcher)

CURRENT PHD CANDIDATES & RESEARCH - 1st COHORT

PhD Candidate: Aldo Sollazzo

Supervisors: Mathilde Marengo (IAAC), Jane Burry (SWIN)

Working Title: ROBOTIC SENSING – machine cognification for advanced spatial planning

 

PhD Candidate: Alexandre Dubor

Supervisors: Manuel Gausa (IAAC), Mark Burry (SWIN)

Secondary Supervision: Gergana Rusenova

Working Title: Robotic Craft – Negotiating design and fabrication of natural and recycled materials through sensor feedback in robotic construction processes

 

PhD Candidate: David Gomez

Supervisors: Areti Markopoulou (IAAC), Mark Burry (SWIN)

Secondary Supervision: Sascha Bohnenberger

Working Title: Extraterrestrial Soil Mechanical Properties, its Relation with 3D Printed Structures for Human Habitats and its influence in Extraterrestrial Construction-Architecture

 

PhD Candidate: Eduardo Chamorro

Supervisors: Mathilde Marengo (IAAC), Mark Burry (SWIN)

Secondary Supervision: Gregory Quinn

Working Title: HIGH-PERFORMANCE FREEFORM SPATIAL 3D PRINTING – Towards a material Structurally Optimised Architecture

 

PhD Candidate: Nikol Kirova

Supervisors: Areti Markopoulou (IAAC), Jane Burry (SWIN)

Secondary Supervision: Mehrnoush Latifi

Working Title: Organic waste by-products as aggregates for carbon neutral cementitious composites within a material performance-driven design framework

COLLABORATORS