Welcome to the PhD Program at Kansas State University
The Environmental Design & Planning Ph.D. Program in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design at Kansas State University is an interdisciplinary research-based degree program. Our doctoral students are members of the College at-large, rather than a particular department, allowing students to draw from the sizeable and wide-ranging knowledge of faculty from all three of our departments: Architecture, Interior Architecture & Product Design, and Landscape Architecture/Regional & Community Planning.
Who are we looking for?
We look for people who will excel in their academic work and research, focus on topics that match the expertise of our faculty, and have the skills to work as teaching and/or research assistants.
As of fall 2020, accepted students with funding will be funded for a maximum of four years through Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA). The PhD program can be completed in four years, but if more time is needed, it must be self-funded by the student.
For more information about GTA and GRA positions, click here.
Student are accepted into the program in even-numbered years (2020, 2022, 2024, etc.) only.
One member of the core Ph.D. faculty must accept mentorship responsibility for any student prior to their admittance to the doctoral program.
Only the faculty listed below are able to accept new PhD students for fall 2022. Applicants are strongly encouraged to be in contact with them, and if possible, obtain a commitment to support the application. Having a clear and focused topic and research agenda for your PhD program will help the faculty decide if your interests overlap.
Admission for Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 is closed.
Fall 2022 Admission (apply by January 8, 2022)
The faculty below are recruiting students to undertake research in the following areas:
Michael Gibson, M.Arch., Associate Professor of Architecture
• Sustainable design; high-performance buildings; energy modeling; facade systems; prototyping; heat transfer in buildings; building science; and building energy measurement.