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Project Type: Research Project
The expectations with regard to quality of research in the fields of Architecture, Design and Arts are constantly higher. In organised research education, academic standards of ‘designerly’ research are being taught and discussed, and the PhD students learn to master the research craft. The final trial is the assessment of the doctoral thesis, where a committee decides whether an expected level of ‘doctorateness’ has been achieved.
During the last years a discussion on the concept of ‘doctorateness’ has been growing. The debate has been about how to define the concept of ‘doctorateness’ in the contemporary situation and ongoing developments in different fields of knowledge, both in traditional academic disciplines as well as in creative fields.
This research project studies how the concept of ‘doctorateness’ could be considered in the field of architecture, design and arts. The aim of the project is to provide a more operative definition of ‘doctorateness’, which could become a pedagogical tool to be used in research education as well as in dialogues with practice on field-specific knowledge.
The research project is empirically based on a series of doctoral courses which was offered to groups of architects and designers in Belgium, Norway and Sweden in the years 2008-2012, and it is also pursued in collaboration with a post-doctoral and a doctoral project at Telemark University College, Norway.
The plan for this project consists of several phases, where the first is an analysis of assessment assignments carried out by doctoral students. The next phases include the analyse of written assessments by the adjudication committees for the doctoral theses, comparisons of the results of assessments by different groups of assessors, and a seminar on assessment of research in architecture and design.
Fredrik Nilsson, is an architect SAR/MSA, PhD, Professor of Architectural Theory at Chalmers University of Technology, and Partner and Head of Research and Development at White Arkitekter AB. Research profile mainly directed to contemporary architecture, architectural theory and philosophy with a special interest in the epistemology of architecture, design theory and the implications of technology for the interaction between conceptual thinking, practical design work and production. He has taught and lectured at several schools for architecture and design in the Nordic countries, and was senior professor at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels, 2007-2009.
Halina Dunin-Woyseth, is an architect, PhD, and professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). She was the founding head of the AHO’s Doctoral Programme and contributed to establishing a new doctoral programme at the Telemark University College (2011-2012). Her main research interests are issues of knowledge in the design professions, epistemology of architecture and philosophy of science. She has been the founder and (co-)editor of the journal “Research Magazine” since 1991. She has a broad teaching and research practice from Scandinavia and other countries, and has been guest professor at several universities internationally. She has lectured and published extensively, been commissioned as an evaluator by several research councils in Scandinavia, and supervised PhD students in Norway and abroad.
Laila Fauske is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design Education at Telemark University College. Her research field is within Art and Design Education. In 2010 she defended her doctoral thesis addressing Architecture as a key area within the school subject Art and Crafts, at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Since 2012 Fauske has been working on a post-doc project about ‘with Making Scholarship’ and ‘Doctorateness’ in the field of Art and Design Education.
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