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Opportunities for Research Studies

The Department of Architecture is offering research studies opportunities in Degree programmes leading to Masters of Art (Architecture) or PhD (Arch).

Please view the respective Programme pages for more information.

 

PhD Position at NUS in collaboration with Future Cities Laboratory (Singapore-ETH Centre)

PhD Position
This position is for a full-time doctoral position enrolled at the National University of Singapore, and is part of a larger interdisciplinary team based at the Future Cities Laboratory of the Singapore-ETH Centre. The overall aim for this doctoral research is to undertake research primarily for WP1 and partially for WP2 (see Project below). The focus is plant physiological ecology of urban landscapes, and entails understanding how the pattern and composition of urban landscapes affect their capacity to deliver urban ecosystem services, with an emphasis on how species characteristics and hence composition affect heat mitigation, stormwater regulation and air quality improvement of urban landscapes. The knowledge generated will be the basis for other WPs in the larger project.

Project: Ecosystem Services in the Urban Landscape
The main aim of this project is to find ways of incorporating knowledge about urban ecosystem services (ES) into design, both at a local and landscape scale. It does this using a back-casting approach, in which desirable environmental goals for the urban landscape are first defined, and then used to guide the processes of design and policy development. The project is organised into four work packages (WP). WP 1 collects basic ecological information about plants and vegetation, and their capacity to deliver ES. WP 2 performs ‘proof-of-concept’ experiments using different types of planted vegetation. WP 3 develops a back-casting framework for developing sustainable urban based upon knowledge about ecosystem services. WP 4 applies this framework to identify the policies and designs needed to achieve defined environmental goals.
The project is multidisciplinary, requiring expertise in plant ecology, landscape ecology, tree horticulture, hydrology and landscape architecture. It will entail close collaboration with government agencies and other stakeholders. Most of the work will be conducted in Singapore, but the tools will be applicable over a much wide area of tropical South-East Asia. Please see additional information here: http://www.fcl.ethz.ch/module/ecosystem-services-in-urban-landscapes/.

Requirements and Terms
We are looking for applicants who has a good bachelor or Master degree (preferred) in plant physiology, landscape ecology, plant ecology or related field who can work in the interdisciplinary team.
The scholarship is for a period of 4 years commencing in early 2016, and provides for stipend, tuition fees, health insurance, miscellaneous compulsory university fees and conference support. More importantly, the student has opportunities to benefit from an enriching educational experience in NUS through graduate courses, seminars, and other academic exchanges at a leading university in architecture and the built environment.

 Application
Applicants should send application documents as described in this link: http://www.sde.nus.edu.sg/acad/SDE_Grad_ByResearch.html. Please also include statement of motivation in your application.

Enquiries can be directed to: Associate Prof Dr. Tan Puay Yok (akitpy@nus.edu.sg).

 

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Call for application for PhD positions in Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore

Preamble
Ageing in an urban highrise, high-density environment requires new integrated solutions that transcend prevailing practices based on an increasingly obsolete set of socioeconomic premises. Today’s needs are much broader and more complex with socioeconomic ramifications that warrant a substantial rethinking of existing concepts of ageing support including the physical environments that facilitate them. The profile of the aged a decade from now is expected to be significantly different from the present. Similarly, our understanding of ageing and its impact on society is progressively more nuanced and varied. The urgent imperative is to transit to new solutions for the elderly involving multi-faceted relationships encompassing the community’s collective needs, contemporary lifestyles, an improved quality of life and the integration of smart technologies in this present digital age; all while retaining the values of what it means to be human.

Research Focus
A community-based model for ageing in a highrise high-density urban environment is the broad framework of this research agenda. The research impact horizon is set as 10 to 15 years from now in preparation for the year 2030 when there is expected to be a significant increase in aged populations globally. The research proposition here is that in the long term, the most sustainable model of aged care and support has to be community-based. The imperative is to develop a framework that builds upon different aspects of collective living while ensuring the person-centric needs of the elderly for self-reliance and fulfilment. Achieving this in a highrise, high-density urban setting is in response to intensifying urbanisation of world cities, particularly in Asia.

There is no precedent for the integrated model of aged care that we envision here; and thus, the value proposition of this research proposal is to investigate, innovate and establish such a community-based model in an urban environment that Singapore is well-positioned to lead. This new approach entails physical planning with seamless integration of community support, personal mobility and smart technologies, while creating new socioeconomic opportunities for the young and old alike. Smart technologies across different scales from big data analytics of behaviours to home sensing, alert and safety systems offer both the critical infrastructure that supports ageing while enabling individual choices of contemporary living. The scope of the graduate research programme involves theoretical and applied research in the following but not restricted to mobility, wayfinding, and stress alleviation in an increasing compact community environment such as Singapore’s.

The best candidates would be those with a strong interest in the above-mentioned research area.

Successful applicants must be available to enrol in January 2016.

Scholarships:
The two PhD positions are funded by 4-year full scholarships. The scholarship will provide the full tuition fee subsidy for Singaporean Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and International Students. Apart from tuition fee subsidy, scholars shall receive a monthly stipend depending on nationality: International Student (SGD2,000), Singapore Permanent Resident (SGD2,200) and Singapore Citizen (SGD2,700). Scholars in a PhD programme may be eligible for an additional stipend of up to $500 per month upon passing the PhD qualifying examination, which is normally held 12 to 18 months after registration of candidature. The additional stipend is renewable annually subject to good performance and duration of the additional stipend varies among the different faculties and schools.
The school also provides financial support for students to present their work at international conferences. On-campus housing opportunities are available at reasonable cost to graduate students.

The school:
The School of Design and Environment (SDE) is one of the 16 schools and faculties at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Consistently ranked as one of the best universities in Asia and in the world, NUS is internationally respected for its high-quality research in science, technology and the humanities—and, increasingly, at the interfaces between these fields. Research at SDE covers a wide spectrum of areas such as housing and community, mobility and urbanism, household finance, consumer choices in residential context, building technologies, urban environmental sustainability, and urban policies.
The PhD positions will be based and enrolled in the Department of Architecture

Application:
For those interested, please email Ms. Katherine Chong < akickp@nus.edu.sg > the following documents:
1. CV (including GPA/CAP ranking);
2. Personal Statement (up to one page with a brief description of why you want to apply);
3. Proven design or research experience with aged design or ageing issues, if applicable
4. Sample publications, if available (no more than two)
5. A copy of official transcripts (Bachelor degree and Master degree);
6. A copy of GRE/GMAT score sheet and, for those whose undergraduate education is not in a native English-speaking environment, a copy of TOEFL/IELTS score sheet.

 

Potential candidates will be contacted for further information.
Application deadline: 29th September 2015

Inquiries can be directed to:

Ms. Katherine Chong
Department of Architecture
School of Design and Environment
4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566
Tel: +65-6516 7628
Email:

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A Grammar-based Generative Analysis Approach for Urban Planning

Preamble
Urban plans are difficult to comprehensively analyze quantitatively because they lack sufficiently detailed information. They tend to emphasize land-use, possibly suggesting general building typologies. Nevertheless, they are generally conceived with respect to objective criteria, such as population targets, plot ratios, gross floor areas, etc. This research suggests a grammar-based approach to generate relevant building data that can serve to analyze and assess such urban plans with respect to these and other relevant criteria, requirements and targets. This approach distinguishes itself from the Esri CityEngine approach in that it does not emphasize the visualization of building facades but instead emphasizes the generation of information that is explicitly relevant for the analysis and assessment of the urban plan. For example, the identification of the number of floors and service cores may lead to a measure of useable floor space that can serve to calculate approximate returns on investments. This will require the conception of a relevant representational and description model for the generation and analysis of building information from urban plans. The model will draw on existing research and development on shape grammars, description grammars, sortal grammars and structures, and GIS, and be driven by relevant analysis requirements. The model will be assessed in the exploration and development of an exemplary grammar within the Singaporean context and its application to one or more urban plans. This will include an investigation of the encoding of some relevant building typologies and, possibly, of relevant building codes and regulations.

Interested candidates with a background in architecture, engineering, computer science or mathematics are welcome to apply. A strong interest in or affinity with architecture or urban planning is a must, knowledge of computer programming is preferred.

The best candidates would be those with a strong interest in the above-mentioned research area.
Successful applicants must be available to enrol in January 2016.

Scholarships:
This will be funded by 4-year full scholarship. The scholarship will provide the full tuition fee subsidy for Singaporean Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and International Students. Apart from tuition fee subsidy, scholars shall receive a monthly stipend depending on nationality: International Student (SGD2,000), Singapore Permanent Resident (SGD2,200) and Singapore Citizen (SGD2,700). Scholars in a PhD programme may be eligible for an additional stipend of up to $500 per month upon passing the PhD qualifying examination, which is normally held 12 to 18 months after registration of candidature. The additional stipend is renewable annually subject to good performance and duration of the additional stipend varies among the different faculties and schools.
The school also provides financial support for students to present their work at international conferences. On-campus housing opportunities are available at reasonable cost to graduate students.

The school:
The School of Design and Environment (SDE) is one of the 16 schools and faculties at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Consistently ranked as one of the best universities in Asia and in the world, NUS is internationally respected for its high-quality research in science, technology and the humanities—and, increasingly, at the interfaces between these fields. Research at SDE covers a wide spectrum of areas such as housing and community, mobility and urbanism, household finance, consumer choices in residential context, building technologies, urban environmental sustainability, and urban policies.
The PhD positions will be based and enrolled in the Department of Architecture

Application:
For those interested, please email Ms. Katherine Chong (akickp@nus.edu.sg ) the following documents:
1. CV (including GPA/CAP ranking);
2. Personal Statement (up to one page with a brief description of why you want to apply);
3. Proven design or research experience with architecture or urban planning background, knowledge of computer programming is preferred.
4. Sample publications, if available (no more than two)
5. A copy of official transcripts (Bachelor degree and Master degree);
6. A copy of GRE/GMAT score sheet and, for those whose undergraduate education is not in a native English-speaking environment, a copy of TOEFL/IELTS score sheet.


Potential candidates will be contacted for further information.
Application deadline: 29th September 2015.

Inquiries can be directed to:

Ms. Katherine Chong
Department of Architecture
School of Design and Environment
4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566
Tel: +65-6516 7628
Email:

The Department of Architecture is offering research studies opportunities in Degree programmes leading to Masters of Art (Architecture) and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programmes.