Architecture and Media Online

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

This project is about the way contemporary architecture is constructed through online media practices and discourses. The project aims to study how media representations of built environments contribute to what Couldry and Hepp (2018) call the "mediated construction of reality." The relationship between built environments and media environments is important because as much as architects create material structures, they also contribute to the discursive construction of their projects in a public sphere. Architecture, through its mediation, contributes to the construction of identities, be they corporate, national, or global.

This project will focus tightly on contemporary media discourses and practices that centre on and around architecture and built environments, especially 'iconic' or influential buildings designed by renowned architects that are shared online. Your PhD work will be part of the Mediated Constructions lab, which studies the interrelation of practices of architecture, media, and place. You will be supported in co-authoring papers and book chapters and will contribute to an established publication stream on these topics. Methods adopted may be qualitative or quantitative, depending on the skill set of the applicant.

Interested applicants should email the primary supervisor to discuss appropriate case studies and project focus.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Mark Sawyer


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • An existing skill set in one of the following areas:
    • Architectural theory
    • Data analysis programming (For instance, Python, R)
    • Media studies
    • Social research methods

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Mark Sawyer to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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