PhD Architecture Beyond The Human An Investigation Into The Design of Buildings Housing Non-human Animals

Applications are invited for a PhD position in zoology to join The University of Queensland. This position is available for three years. Applications are invited up to November 20, 2018.

The University of Queensland’s School of Architecture is a national leader in architectural education and research.

UQ Architecture seeks to be the locus of architectural research, learning, debate and speculation in its academic and professional communities. We work to enrich the local profession and advance the discipline of architecture internationally. We aim to prepare graduates for a dynamic professional environment in which continual learning and innovative practice is essential, so they have the skills to confront the most urgent intellectual and practical questions facing the design of our cities and environments.

In all our activities we are committed to the improvement of the built environment for the broadest spectrum of society and for future generations. Our geographical location affords us critical distance, yet our outlook is international. Experience and partnerships for staff and students abroad are encouraged and supported through a range of programs. The School actively engages with a cross-section of industry partners, diverse communities and a range of professions in its research and learning so that its activities can have meaningful impact beyond the University and be enriched by the issues and debates confronting societies globally.

Candidates are now invited to submit an expression of interest to undertake a PhD study on the design of buildings housing non-human animals. Working at the intersection of architectural theory and animal-studies, the candidate will identify and analyse significant buildings in which real animals are kept for human purposes such as conservation, research, sport, recreation, or farming. They will select an area of focus, for example, the zoo, vivarium, animal shelter, or farm building, and investigate historic, current and potential approaches to its architecture. The study will enable a sharper theorising of interspecies relationships and reveal domestication and captivity as essentially architectural processes. The study aims at countering the tendency to consider architecture and urban design as exclusively human concerns.

Candidates must hold a relevant Master's degree in Architecture, or Honours degree in Animal-Studies or Anthrozoology. Candidates with skills or interested in philosophical inquiry, architectural theory and the contemporary built environment are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must meet eligibility criteria for a Research Training Program scholarship. For further information, please visit:

The University of Queensland's School of Architecture offers a PhD scholarship for a motivated student to contribute to research being undertaken within the . The current RTP Stipend rate is AUD $27,596 per annum (2019 rate, indexed annually) tax-free for three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.

Students from Australian and New Zealand are not required to pay tuition fees. International students will be expected to apply for UQ scholarships for international students for tuition support (for more information, please visit: Prospective international students will be provided with assistance to apply for tuition scholarship.

For further requirements of the UQ Graduate School, see .

To discuss the role please contact Prof Sandra Kaji-O'Grady ( To find out more about Prof Sandra Kaji-O'Grady:


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