Ph.D. Symposium: Divergence in Architectural Research

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Divergence in Architectural Research is an international doctorate symposium hosted by the Ph.D. Program in Architecture in the School of Architecture of Georgia Institute of Technology. The goal of the Ph.D. Symposium is to provide a supportive atmosphere for Ph.D. students to present and receive feedback on their ongoing work. Students at different stages in their research will have an opportunity to present and discuss their studies. The symposium provides doctoral students with a diverse academic ground from which to share their research with established scholars and other graduate students interested in similar research areas. The symposium aims to enable Ph.D. students to interact and network with other participants and potential collaborators to stimulate an exchange of ideas, suggestions, and experiences. The symposium is open to all Ph.D. students affiliated with any graduate programs currently developing research in architecture and related disciplines.

Theme: Divergence in Architectural Research

Architecture, as a discipline, embodies various fields of knowledge. Architectural research derives from within its own discipline and diverges into an interdisciplinary domain. Divergence in architectural research implies that there is an agency to expand the disciplinary boundary of architecture and produce new fields of knowledge emerging from within the architectural domain. It offers to make new connections between different epistemological frameworks and transforms our knowledge of architecture into unanticipated forms. Divergent approaches to interdisciplinary research in architecture prepare scholars and researchers for shared contributions across a rich array of intellectual fields.

The symposium invites all doctoral students to present their interdisciplinary research in five thematic session topics. The chosen topics, listed below, are intended to be inclusive, ensuring a venue for a diverse spectrum of research and welcoming overlaps to stimulate further discussion across sessions.

1.    Architectural History, Theory, and Society

2.    Architecture, Culture, and Behavior

3.    Design Methods, Computing, and Production

4.    Design Technologies, Data, and Performance

5.    Urban studies, Systems, and Ecologies

Call for Papers:

The Ph.D. student symposium welcomes submissions by all Ph.D. students whose work emerges from the architectural domain. Students who are interested in presenting in the symposium can submit their abstract proposal (500 words max.) with a short biographical note (150 words max.) on the symposium website.

Authors whose abstracts are accepted in the first evaluation phase are invited to submit their full paper. Full papers will be published in the proceeding book of the symposium. Papers describing the outcome of substantive research are limited to a minimum of 3000 words and a maximum of 6000 words, excluding references, endnotes, figures, and captions. The full papers will go through a second peer-review. Please refer to the paper template as you prepare your paper for submission in the second phase.


Important Dates:

Abstract submission opens: May 27, 2019

SUBMISSION DEADLINE for Abstracts: September 7, 2019

NOTIFICATION of Abstract Acceptance: October 1, 2019

SUBMISSION DEADLINE for Full Papers, Work-in-Progress (for blind peer-review): November 15, 2019

NOTIFICATION of Peer-review: January 1, 2020

SUBMISSION DEADLINE for Presentation-ready Paper: February 1, 2020

Ph.D. Student Symposium:  March 5-6, 2020 [Thursday-Friday]

SUBMISSION DEADLINE for Final Paper: March 21, 2020


Ph.D. Symposium: Divergence in Architectural Research

Phone: +1 404-894-4885

Email: divarch_contact@design.datech.edu

Georgia Institute of Technology

School of Architecture

245 4th Street, NW, Suite 351

Atlanta, GA 30332


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