Planning, Design, and Construction Program Info - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture

Planning, Design, and Construction Program Info



Ph.D students at the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture have the opportunity to be involved in the following research groups represented by the faculty:

  • iCUBED: Laboratory for Visualization, Information Modeling, Simulation, sketching, Rendering, Representation, and Parametric Modeling
  • Community Health in Environmental Design (C.H.E.D.): Universal Design, Accessibility, Way-finding, Acoustics, Social Equity, Physical and Mental Health
  • Center for Middle Eastern Architecture and Culture (CMEAC): Global Studio and Research
  • Creating_Making Lab: Explorations in Pedagogy, Design Thinking, Fabrication, Craft, and Professional Practice
  • CRIT Space: History, Theory, and Criticism in Architecture and Allied Disciplines
  • Real Estate and Urbanism: Real Estate, Urban Design, Community (Re)development, Historic Preservation/Adaptive Re-use, and Walkability
  • Sustainable Buildings Program: Applied Research in Design, Materials, Technology, Landscape, Lighting, and Construction

Our graduate students are encouraged to pursue their interests within these areas through elective courses and seminars, and by way of directed readings and special topics courses under the direction of individual faculty.

Learning is a lifelong endeavor. The students, faculty and staff of the Graduate Program in Architecture invite you to apply to our program, and look forward to working with you in helping critically shape the environments of our shared future.  For more information on specific entrance requirements/procedures, please review the information on how to apply, or visit us at our newly renovated facilities in Gould Hall on the prestigious OU Norman campus.

See all OU doctoral degree requirements here.

Admission Requirements

All students applying to graduate programs in the College of Architecture must submit their applications through the Graduate College’s online portal. All applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College.

We will begin reviewing applications on February 1. The absolute deadline for completed applications is April 1.

Application Checklist for all Graduate Degree Programs:

    1. Application form
    2. Application fee
    3. Official Transcripts
    4. Curriculum vitae or resume
    5. GRE Scores
    6. English proficiency verification (International Students only)  Click here for more information
    7. Financial Support Documentation (International Students only) Click here for more information
    8. Portfolio  (optional for Ph.D. applicants) (see description below)
    9. Statement of Purpose   (see description below)
    10. Three letters of recommendation   (see description below)
    11. A writing sample   (see description below)

Portfolio Requirements

The portfolio shall demonstrate the applicant’s abilities in critical inquiry and design and composition. Applicants should include three well-developed architectural projects to which they made a significant impact in conceiving and developing, and of which at least two should be an academic project. Projects should demonstrate the level of technical competency in regards to structural and environmental systems.  Furthermore, applicants are encouraged to include projects that showcase their understanding of the experiential or phenomenological aspects of architecture. The portfolio may also include evidence of other creative endeavors such as: photographs, graphic design work, website design, furniture design, musical composition, original videos, industrial design, set and lighting design, fashion design, sculpture, drawings, models, work created with architectural graphics programs, or similar.  For collaborative projects applicants should articulate their role and contribution. Digital portfolio submissions are required.  Hard copies are optional. Hard copies will not be returned and are not to exceed 8.5” x 11” or A4.  The maximum file size is 15MB. Submissions should be in pdf file format. Embedded links are allowed to media on known servers such as Youtube or Vimeo.

Statement of Purpose Requirements

The statement of purpose should be a maximum of 500 words and should respond to the following set of questions:

    1. Why do you want to study architecture?
    2. What are your education and career goals?
    3. Why do you want to study at OU?  How does our program support your career goals?
    4. What relevant experiences in creative endeavors, architecture, the arts, construction or other fields have you had?
    5. Do you have a particular area of interest or specialization?
    6. What are your present strengths and weaknesses as a potential architect and student?

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation from professional and academic references qualified to analyze applicant’s abilities and promise in pursuing a graduate degree. Please ask that the letters of recommendation be on letterhead. We prefer electronic PDF format.

Writing Sample

The writing sample should be focused on one topic and between 1500-3000 words in length. Applicants should demonstrate their ability to develop a focused and critical argument supported by evidence.