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Architecture PhD Studentships 2019-20 

Posted 16.07.19

Title: Digital Interpretation of the Built Heritage

The School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast offers a three-year Department for the Economy (DfE) funded PhD studentship (starting January 2020). The researcher will be based in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast within the Culture and Society Research Cluster, under the supervision of Dr Chantelle Niblock (c.niblock@qub.ac.uk), and working in collaboration with Dr Colm Donnelly  in Archaeology at Queen’s University Belfast

This project will explore the interpretation of built heritage through the digitisation and spatial interrogation of historic architecture and will use 3D laser scan data, historical documents, and oral histories to model, visualise, interpret and better understand the plurality of values attached to our upstanding heritage.  It will explore the use of immersive technologies and interactive web-based dynamic maps to engage stakeholders, end users, and policy makers in the process of management, protection, presentation and/or re-use (or regeneration) of historic buildings. 

The project will adopt cross-disciplinary research methods, to include: literature reviews to establish a theoretical framework, archival work, digitisation and 3D modelling, production of digital resources, creation of spatial narratives, and empirical studies to evaluate audience experience of our built heritage. 

Applicants should have (or be expected to obtain) at least a Masters degree at 2.1 or higher in Architecture or a relevant discipline, such as Archaeology, Computer Studies or Architectural Visualisation.  A background knowledge or experience of 3D digital modelling and/or architectural heritage is desirable, but not essential. 

To apply, candidates should send their CV (which should outline academic qualifications and experience) and include two referees. Candidates may be called to an interview based on a short PowerPoint presentation and questions and answers.  The closing date for applications is July 31st 2019 at 4pm by email to Dr Chantelle Niblock (c.niblock@qub.ac.uk). The studentship will start in January 2020.

The successful candidate will be funded through a DfE studentship (including (2018-19 rate) a stipend of £14,777 and Home/EU fees). The candidate must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years (with no restrictions). EU residents may be eligible for studentship covering fees-only.

Details of eligibility criteria: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/department-economy-studentships

For further information, or if you have any other enquiries, please email Chantelle Niblock: c.niblock@qub.ac.uk

Posted 25.03.19

Funded PhD: Immersive Architectural Heritage

The School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast offers a three-year Department for the Economy (DfE)  funded PhD studentship (starting Autumn 2019). The researcher will be based in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast within the Culture and Society Research Cluster, under the supervision of Dr Chantelle Niblock (c.niblock@qub.ac.uk).

This project will explore digitisation as a careful analysis and spatial interrogation tool of historical architectural drawings, sketches, scaled models and theoretical texts.  It may examine this theme across several areas, namely, Creative Design Processes, Prototyping Architecture, and Architectural Heritage.  The specific focus of the project will be determined between the student and supervisor, but core issues to be considered include, for example: digital archiving and its effectiveness in spatially narrating architectural history, and mixed reality storytelling - considering how physical artefacts are enhanced by augmented reality.  The research will fundamentally explore immersive technologies as tools to enhance audience experience, but also, forensically study architectural heritage: from scaled model to historic building.

There is some flexibility in how this project would be undertaken, but ideally you will be comfortable with adopting a mixed (quantitative and qualitative) methodology. To apply, candidates should send a short project proposal of around 500 words, along with their CV (which should outline academic qualifications and experience). The project proposal should provide: suggested research questions to be explored, brief context for the research questions in terms of the relevant literature, and an outline of the methodological approach(es) which could be adopted.

Candidates may be called to an interview based on a short PowerPoint presentation and questions and answers.  Applicants should have (or be expected to obtain) at least a Masters degree at 2.1 or higher in Architecture or an allied discipline, such as Architectural Visualisation. The closing date for applications is Monday 29 April 2019 at 4pm by email to Dr Chantelle Niblock (c.niblock@qub.ac.uk). The studentship will start in September 2019.

To apply, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal.

 

A critical exploration of the use of Digital tools to aid construction quality.

The School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast offers a three-year Department for the Economy (DfE) funded PhD studentship (starting September 2019). The researcher will be based in the Elmwood building at Queen’s University Belfast under the supervision of Tara Brooks.

Quality issues have plagued the construction industry for decades from Ronan Point in 1968 to the Edinburgh Schools PFI scandal in 2016 and more recently the Grenfell Tower disaster. This project will explore whether these recurring problems stem from structural inequities in industry (Green, 2011; Farmer, 2016); from reliance on analogue technology in an increasingly digital world; from a combination of the two or from some other cause. Moving beyond BIM, it will critically assess how far the deployment and use of digital technologies in construction and the digitalisation of the industry can take construction towards improvements in building delivery.

References:

Green, S.D., (2011) Making sense of construction improvement. John Wiley & Sons

Farmer, M. (2016) The Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model: Modernise or die. London: Construction Leadership Council

Department of BEIS (2017) Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain fit for the future. London: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Fleck, J. and Howells, J., (2001) Technology, the technology complex and the paradox of technological determinism. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 13(4), pp.523-531

The application process:

Applicants are invited to write a 500-word (maximum) research outline which gives details of:

Proposed Research Question(s) Aim and Objectives

The context for the research question(s) in terms of relevant literature and policy

Methodological approach and methods

Data analyses

This should be accompanied by a CV showing academic qualifications and experience.

Candidates may be called to an interview based on a short PowerPoint presentation and questions and answers.  Applicants should have (or be expected to obtain) at least an undergraduate degree at 2.1 or higher in a Construction Related discipline such as Civil / Structural Engineering, Architecture, or Construction Engineering and Management.  A related postgraduate qualification such as a Construction Project Management or BIM Project Management Master's degree is desirable. The closing date for applications is Monday 29 April 2019 at 4pm by email to Tara Brooks (t.brooks@qub.ac.uk). The studentship will start in September 2019.

The successful candidate will be funded through a DfE studentship (including (2018-19 rate) a stipend of £14,777 and Home/EU fees. The candidate must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years (with no restrictions). EU residents may be eligible for studentship covering fees-only.

For further details, or if you have any other enquiries, please email Tara Brooks: t.brooks@qub.ac.uk

Further details regarding eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) are available at the following link:

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/department-economy-studentships

To apply, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal.

 

AHRC Northern Bridge studentships: https://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/FundingandScholarships/NorthernBridge/

Suitably qualified applicants interested in applying with a project proposal orientated towards the humanities will be eligible for a Northern Bridge (AHRC) studentship. For further details of this competition, please visit the Northern Bridge website: www.northernbridge.ac.uk. Note that the deadline for applications is 5pm Wednesday 9 January 2019.

ESRC NINE DTP studentships: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/FundingandScholarships/Doctoral-Training-Centres/NINE_DTP/.

Suitably qualified applicants interested in applying with a project proposal orientated towards the social sciences may be eligible for a NINE (ESRC DTP) studentship. Note that the deadline for applications is 4pm Friday 18 January 2019.

How to apply?

To apply for any of the opportunities outlined above, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal.

The School warmly welcomes all enquiries regarding PhD research in Architecture. PhD proposals can be developed in consultation with a potential supervisor based in the School; potential supervisors are listed below.

Further inquiries about funding opportunities should be directed to the School Postgraduate Admissions Officer.

Potential Supervisors in Architecture

Prof. Gary Boyd 

Dr Nuala Flood

Mr Alan Jones 

Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk

Prof Greg Keeffe

Dr Sarah Lappin

Dr Steve Larkin

Mr Tarla MacGabhann

Dr Agustina Martire

Mr Keith McAllister

Prof Michael McGarry

Mr Colm Moore 

Prof Ruth Morrow

Mrs Clare Mulholland

Miss Rachel O'Grady

Mr Niek Turner