Architecture for the Society of Knowledge (ASK) PhD is the 4-year full time research program, awarded with academic Doctor of Philosophy degree.  The program aims to prepare their candidates to have the necessary skills to:

  • Actively participate in the global architectural knowledge society and critically interpret creative aspects of design and work collaboration;
  • Take specialized action in the application of creative solutions and in the promotion of a contemporary, environmentally conscious design;
  • Produce architectural research while exploring new design technologies and theories with particular focus on modeling and simulation of design solutions and their impacts.

The ASK PhD program is structured as a response to the changes in the practice of architecture influenced by globalization, new digital media and the emergence of contemporary in-formation networks. It is based on the idea of all participants’ collabora-tive efforts throughout the program. The PhD studies are designed to last four years. The first 3 years are marked with a deliverable milestone: in the first year, students are required to publish an article presented at a scientific conference; in the second year, they are expected to publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal or conference; and in the third year, they are expected to develop their own research project that will be the basis of a grant proposal. The on-campus part of the program is organized in the form of a vertical studio, based on four pillars:


This is the core pillar of the program. Students work together on common research projects at the ASK research unit. The Lab is organized as a series of vertical studios: project or research roles change depending on the candidate’s year of study, having the PhD candidate moving from assistantship tasks to team management.

ASK Theory

This pillar covers topics specific for the ASK PhD program, such as archi-tecture information, simulation and optimization in design, sustainable development in the digital context, development of knowledge bases in architectural research.


The research methods courses con-sist of three stages that have a direct relation to the program’s yearly milestones and deliverables. The first year’s course covers scientific writing and prepares the candidate to submit a paper for publication. The second year focuses on scien-tific methods of reasoning, proving and presenting research results. The third year addresses project methods in science and research, including stakeholder analysis, communication methods, collabo-ration and project management.


The interdisciplinary character of the program is designed for the emerging society of knowledge and involves diverse aspects of social sciences and engineering, including mechatronics and robotics. This pillar includes a flexible offering of courses prepared in cooperation with WUT’s Center for Advanced Studies and other WUT Faculties.

YearMethodologyASK Core:
Lab + Theory
Interdisciplinary / TransferableDeliverablesMilestones
1stR1 : Scientific WritingL1 : Preliminary Work and QueryELECTIVE : Natural SciencesConference Paper PublicationConference Paper Publication
T1 : Information ArchitectureELECTIVE : Socio-economics
T2 : Digital Interface and SimulationPedagogy
Public Presentation
2ndR2 : Research MethodologyL2 : Experimentation and Case StudyELECTIVE : Collaboration in DesignJournal Paper PublicationThesis Proposal:
Prospectus + Bibliography
T3 : Sustainable Development in the Digital Context
T4 : Knowledge Base of Research
3rdR3 : Research Project ManagementL3 : Teamwork and Project ManagementGrant
Commencing a Doctoral Degree Conferral Procedure
4thThesis Submission