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Lines of Research

Design, Innovation and Management in Architecture and Urbanism

This line of research studies the role of architectural and urbanistic interventions in the current configuration of the territory in its multiple scales; it analyzes the architectonic and urbanistic patrimonies, attesting the potential for urban rehabilitation and restoration of buildings; it investigates the spatiality of the contemporary public sphere, prioritizing the approach of building space systems, the configuration of urban form and the relationship between architecture and urban public spaces that presented changes of uses, users and the deterioration and obsolescence of equipment; it discusses the current paradigms that involve the processes of the built space, the collective and participatory actions of the populations involved and the economic, political, social and spatial impacts that emerge from them.

Theory, History and Criticism in Architecture and Urbanism

It addresses architecture and urbanism as a specific cognitive field that is shaped by the ideas, practices and interventions that were made in the history of western cities. It contemplates the epistemological transformations in modern culture, urbanism as a discipline of intervention and the “scientific” ordering of the urban constructed structure. It investigates the fundamental theories of architecture and urbanism in the context of the international debate aimed at building specialized knowledge without frontiers.


To train high level professors and researchers in Architecture and Urbanism that will contribute to the improvement of architecture and urbanism education and to the production of scientific knowledge in the area; that are capable of combining critical and theoretical reflection on Architecture, Urbanism and Territory considering the technical and practical dimensions of the urbanist’s architect performance; and whose work is socially committed to permanent innovation in the field of public policies, urban management and requalification in the municipal, regional and metropolitan levels.

Curricular structure

A total of 32 credits are required for a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism. The credits (*) are distributed as follows:

1)    Compulsory subjects = 04 credits (one subject, with 04 credits);

2)    Advanced Research Seminars – ARS, compulsory = 06 credits (three ARSs, each with 02 credits); students can only take one ARS per semester;

3)    Elective courses = 06 credits (two subjects, each with 03 credits);

4)    Thesis supervision = 16 total credits, after the end of the Course.

(*) In order to obtain the Doctor’s degree, in addition to fulfilling the credits listed above the student must fully comply with the provisions of the General Regulations of Stricto Sensu Graduate Programs.


The compulsory subjects are specified below: General Compulsory Discipline, which must be taken by all students regularly enrolled in the PhD in the first semester of school:

– Theory of Knowledge The Advanced Research Seminar

– ARS – includes three compulsory modules of 2 credits each to be met in three consecutive semesters. The ARSs are formed by a group of professors, students and doctoral students, and one of its activities is discussion of the research projects, for the students have already started group supervision activities since the first semester.

The structure of the doctorate program follows the guidelines of external agencies. It is expected an ideal time of 48 months, equivalent to eight semesters for the Doctorate Program in Architecture and Urbanism to be concluded.

The progression of the course is distributed as follows:

1st semester 2nd semester 3rd semester 4th semester
compulsory (1) elective (2) ARS III supervision
elective (1) ARS II supervision
ARS I supervision

At the end of the fourth semester, the doctoral student must submit his or her project to the Qualification Exam, which confirms or reorients the research project. In order for the qualification test to be productive, the student must have had at least two semesters of supervision. At the end of the eighth semester, the student defends the thesis is public and if it´s approved, it will confer the title of Doctor of Architecture and Urbanism. The doctorate program can be held in thirty months; to do so, the student must fulfill all credits until the third semester.

The student who joins the Doctoral Program directly from the Undergraduate Degree, through the Selective Process, must complete the credits in compulsory and elective subjects corresponding to the Masters and Doctoral levels, in addition to the Thesis, within a maximum period of 48 months, so that he or she can be conferred the title of Doctor of Architecture and Urbanism.


The proposal of the Doctoral Course in 2011 was created after over a decade of experience with the Master’s Degree and it consolidates the POSURB PUC-Campinas as an active center for discussion and production of knowledge on current issues of Urbanism, enabling interested researchers to broaden and complement the training.
From 2011, the restructuring of the pedagogical project with a view to the Doctorate began. In 2013 the Doctoral Course in Urbanism was implemented, after approval by CAPES, consolidating the Program. Thus, it was possible to develop more robust research, with the longer permanence of doctoral students in the projects, with greater production and intensification of the academic life of the Program. It also started to receive Brazilian and foreign researchers for Post-Doctorate.
With the consolidation of the Postgraduate Program in Urbanism, forming our first doctors, the Program turned to formulate a pedagogical restructuring aiming to expand it to Architecture and Urbanism, in order to correspond to the Graduation organization itself, aiming to offer academic training suitable for graduates with an interest in research and teaching in Architecture, in addition to Urbanism.
Thus, after two internal colloquia, the proposal was formulated for the Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Architecture and Urbanism – POSURB-ARQ, approved in 2017 by CAPES and implemented in 2018. As a result, the area was changed concentration of the Program for Architecture, Urbanism and Territory.