The architectural history and theory research school supports adventurous research in architectural history and theory at York. In a period when architecture is assuming increased importance both in the UK and internationally, the Department of Art History at York has one of the largest, liveliest, and most wide-ranging group of experts in the UK.
As a research group, we regularly hold research events and we warmly welcome applications from postgraduate students for study at MA and PhD level. There is no requirement of residence at York: PhD students who need to be elsewhere for their research can do so without problem.
Our research embraces many periods and locations, combined with a notable range of theoretical and methodological approaches.
We have particular strengths chronologically in medieval, early modern, and modern; geographically in Britain, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany; and methodologically in approaches including historical materialism, critical theory and feminism. We offer significant expertise in stained glass, architectural drawings, urbanism, and archival work.
We are building on these strengths to confirm York as a leading research centre for architectural history and theory.
There is no residency requirement for research students. Ph.D students can therefore undertake research abroad when necessary, and some choose to be supervised long-distance while resident overseas.
We encourage interdisciplinary research topics; we have particularly close contacts with English, History, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Early Modern Studies, and the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies.
For up-to-date listings and details of all History of Art Department events visit the News and Events page