Postdoctoral Research in Architecture

Postdoctoral Research in Architecture

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The program of Architecture (Ph.D.) is designed to advance the professional development of experienced architects and professionals in the architectural arena by extending their architectural research and equipping them with broad research and process architectural skills, enabling them to make a key leadership contribution to their chosen fields.

What makes AIU distinct are its emphasis on academic freedom, purpose-driven learning, and focus on finding practical solutions to problems. The program adopts an andragogic learning model tailored for adult learners and offers an open curriculum, giving students the flexibility to design their educational journey. AIU’s unique ‘University of One’ approach ensures that each student’s educational experience is highly personalized. Through its virtual campus and live classes, AIU brings together a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about making a meaningful impact in their fields.

AIU’s postdoctoral research program in Architecture goes a step further by allowing students to study and research multiple key areas of Architecture to develop a unique base of practical research and theory; thus fueling their passion for a career in architecture and allowing them to connect with their interests and motivations.

Your AIU Distance Learning Postdoctoral program in Architecture will be a custom-made program, designed just for you by you and your advisor. This flexibility to meet your needs is seldom found in other distance learning programs. Our program does not require every student to study the same subjects and use the same books and other learning materials as every other student. Instead, our online Postdoctoral programs are designed just for you. They are individually designed to meet your needs and help you to reach your professional and personal goals.

Important: Below is an example of the topics or areas you may develop and work on during your studies. By no means is it a complete or required list as AIU programs do not follow a standardized curriculum. It is meant solely as a reference point and example.

Core Courses and Topics in Architecture

At Atlantic International University, our Postdoctoral Research in Architecture Program is designed to delve deep into the pressing architectural issues of our time. Prospective students can expect to explore a myriad of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Sustainable Architecture: Investigating eco-friendly designs, materials, and construction techniques that align with environmental preservation.
  • Urban Regeneration: Tackling the challenges of rejuvenating aging urban infrastructures and transforming them into vibrant, liveable spaces.
  • Digital Architecture & Technology: Embracing the digital age by researching virtual reality, 3D modeling, and AI in architectural designs.
  • Architectural History & Theory: Unraveling the intricacies of architectural movements, their societal impacts, and predicting future trends.
  • Socially-Responsive Architecture: Designing spaces that address social issues like housing shortages, community-building, and inclusivity.

These topics, among others, ensure our students are at the forefront of architectural thought, ready to lead and innovate in their careers.

Specialty Courses and Topics in Architecture

Atlantic International University’s Postdoctoral Research in Architecture Program is meticulously crafted to provide our students with cutting-edge knowledge and insights. Our specialty courses and topics encompass a broad range of architectural studies, including:

  • Sustainable Architectural Design: Exploring the Integration of green building techniques, sustainable materials, and energy-efficient solutions in contemporary design.
  • Digital Architectural Visualization: Mastering the use of digital tools such as BIM, CAD, and virtual reality simulations for modern architectural projects.
  • Urban Planning & Design: Assessing strategies for sustainable urban development, addressing challenges of rapid urbanization, and preserving the cultural fabric of cities.
  • Architectural History and Conservation: Analyzing significant architectural movements, styles, and their influence on contemporary designs while highlighting conservation methods for heritage sites.
  • Innovative Construction Methods: Investigating the latest trends in construction technology, prefabrication, and modular design.

These courses, supplemented with hands-on workshops and field visits, offer our students the opportunity to stay abreast of the latest advancements in the architecture domain. The curriculum’s richness is further bolstered by our esteemed faculty, with recognized specialists in various architectural disciplines.

Orientation Courses

At Atlantic International University, our Postdoctoral Research in Architecture Program emphasizes a comprehensive orientation process to ensure that our students are well-prepared for their academic journey. Here’s a detailed overview of our Orientation Courses:

  • Communication & Investigation: Through the submission of a comprehensive resume, students can highlight their professional and academic achievements, ensuring a personalized academic pathway is crafted in line with their experience.
  • Organization Theory: Our portfolio-based approach helps students in showcasing their past architectural designs, projects, and concepts, serving as a testament to their capabilities and vision.
  • Experiential Learning: By penning an autobiography, students share their life experiences, academic journey, and personal aspirations, creating a profound connection with the AIU community.
  • Academic Evaluation: A specially designed questionnaire helps us gauge students’ academic strengths, preferences, and areas of interest, ensuring a tailored educational experience.
  • Fundament of Knowledge: The Integration Chart serves as a blueprint of the student’s academic journey, mapping out the essential milestones and knowledge areas to be explored.
  • Fundamental Principles I: This course delves deep into the philosophy of education, exploring its significance and relevance in today’s dynamic world.
  • Professional Evaluation: With the Self Evaluation Matrix, students assess their own professional capabilities and areas for growth, fostering a culture of continuous learning.
  • Development of Graduate Study: By understanding the guarantee of an academic degree, students grasp the significance and the prestigious stature of completing a postdoctoral program at AIU.

With this holistic orientation process, we ensure that our students embark on an enriching academic experience, grounded in self-awareness and a clear vision for their future in the field of architecture.

Research Project in Architecture

The Research Project in Architecture at Atlantic International University’s Postdoctoral Program is an integral part of our commitment to advancing knowledge and fostering innovative approaches in the architectural realm. Here’s a snapshot of what the project entails:

  • Objective: The primary goal of the research project is to produce scholarly work that contributes both to the global academic community and the practical world of architecture. Inspired by AIU’s broader postdoctoral mission, the project emphasizes publishing, collaboration, and co-authoring to drive forward the frontiers of architectural thought and practice.
  • Guidance: With a team of esteemed academic advisors, AIU ensures that each student receives expert guidance throughout their research journey. These advisors, recognized specialists in the field of architecture, offer insights, feedback, and mentorship, ensuring that the research undertaken is rigorous, relevant, and revolutionary[4].
  • Collaborative Opportunities: At AIU, we believe in the power of collaboration. The research project offers students the chance to work alongside peers, faculty, and industry professionals, fostering an environment of shared learning and collective growth.
  • Impact: Beyond the realm of academia, the research projects are crafted to have real-world applications. They address current challenges in architecture, offering innovative solutions and fresh perspectives that can be applied in practical scenarios.

AIU’s Research Project in the postdoc architecture program is not just an academic exercise; it’s a journey of discovery, innovation, and contribution to the ever-evolving world of architecture.

Leading Associations/organizations in Architecture

We understand that the vast landscape of architectural practices can be overwhelming, so we’ve curated a list of the top 10 leading associations and organizations in architecture. These entities range from local to global reach, offering everything from professional development courses and accreditation to industry-leading research and networking opportunities. Whether you are an aspiring architect, a seasoned professional, or simply an enthusiast, these organizations offer many ways to engage with the discipline of architecture.

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • International Union of Architects (UIA)
  • Architectural Association (AA)
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • Council of Architecture (COA) – India
  • Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB)
  • Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ)
  • European Council of Architects (ECA)
  • Australia Institute of Architects


What is the difference between a postdoc and a Ph.D.?

At Atlantic International University, we pride ourselves on delivering educational experiences that provide clarity and depth to our students’ academic journeys. To assist you in understanding the distinction between a Ph.D. and a postdoc, here’s a comprehensive explanation:

Nature of the Degree:

  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy): A Ph.D. is an advanced academic degree earned after extensive research and study in a specific subject area. It involves the creation of an original dissertation or research project that contributes new knowledge to the field. This Thesis Defense is carried out via a Video Conference presentation between the student Academic Advisor and other staff.The Ph.D. degree certifies that the holder possesses expert knowledge in their chosen domain and has demonstrated the capability to conduct significant research.
  • Postdoctoral Research: Often referred to simply as “postdoc,” this is a phase of advanced training that follows the completion of a Ph.D. It’s primarily focused on deepening one’s research expertise, often in preparation for a career in academia, research institutions, or industry.


  • Ph.D.: The primary objective is to contribute new knowledge to the field through original research. The culmination of this journey is the successful defense of a doctoral thesis.
  • Postdoc: The aim is to build upon the research skills developed during the Ph.D. phase. Postdocs usually work on existing projects, often in collaboration with other researchers, to gain broader insights and skills in their field.
  • In essence, while a Ph.D. represents a formal acknowledgment of an individual’s research prowess in their chosen field, a postdoc is an avenue for further cultivating and refining these skills. Both stages are essential in the continuum of academic and research excellence, and at Atlantic International University, we guide our students and researchers through each phase with dedication and expertise.

What are the requirements for a postdoctoral?

The postdoctoral phase is an integral step for many researchers aiming to delve deeper into their areas of expertise and contribute significantly to their respective fields. For those interested in joining the esteemed Postdoctoral Research in Architecture Program at Atlantic International University, here are the primary requirements:

  • Ph.D. Degree: The fundamental prerequisite for any postdoctoral position is the completion of a Ph.D. in a relevant field. The doctoral research should exhibit originality, critical analysis, and a comprehensive understanding of the chosen domain.
  • Research Proposal: Prospective postdoctoral researchers should present a detailed research proposal that outlines their planned investigations. This proposal should showcase relevance, innovation, and potential contribution to the field of architecture.
  • Recommendation Letters: References from previous mentors, especially the Ph.D. advisor, are generally essential. These recommendations should vouch for the candidate’s research capabilities, commitment, and achievements.
  • Alignment with AIU’s Objectives: The research agenda should align with Atlantic International University’s broader academic and research goals. A synergy between the candidate’s aspirations and the institution’s objectives is crucial.
  • Publications and Academic Achievements: Prior scholarly publications, conference presentations, and other academic achievements provide a strong testament to a candidate’s research prowess and dedication.
  • Interview: A face-to-face or virtual interview might be required to assess the candidate’s fit for the program and to discuss the proposed research in depth.

While these are general guidelines, specific postdoctoral programs might have additional requirements. Candidates are advised to consult the respective department or program coordinator for detailed information.

Research Topics in Architecture:

Publication: Each Postdoctoral scholar in Architecture is encouraged to publish their research books either online in the public domain or through professional journals and periodicals worldwide.

Architectural History
Visual Studies
Environmental Design in Developing Countries
Introduction to Energy and Environmental Management
Design and Computer Analysis of Structure
Design Theories and Methods
Urban Places

Specialty Research in Architecture:

Building Technology
Design Computing
Building Construction
Regional Planning
Construction & Materials

Orientation Research:

Communication & Investigation (Comprehensive Resume)
Organization Theory (Portfolio)
Experiential Learning (Autobiography)
Academic Evaluation (Questionnaire)
Fundament of Knowledge (Integration Chart)
Fundamental Principles I (Philosophy of Education)
Professional Evaluation (Self Evaluation Matrix)
Development of Graduate Study (Guarantee of an Academic Degree)

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