At the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture of KU Leuven, there is a part time vacancy for independent academic staff in the field of architectural practice on the Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent campus. The structure of KU Leuven combines faculties and research departments in a multi-campus model. The Faculty of Architecture consists of the academic architecture programmes (architecture, interior architecture, and spatial design and urban planning) on the Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent campuses. The faculty is responsible for the organisation of educational activities (www.arch.kuleuven.be). The Faculty is driven by a consciously assembled diversity of practices and is renowned for its future-oriented education that cultivates a freedom of exploration. There are currently 2100 students of which 350 are international students. The Department of Architecture (www.architectuur.kuleuven.be) is responsible for the research in architecture, interior architecture, urbanism and spatial planning at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences (Leuven, Arenberg) and the Faculty of Architecture (Brussels and Ghent campuses). The department is an international expertise centre in these domains and the research is led by numerous professors and research groups with around 150 (international) PhD students.Both the education and the research are performed across the campuses by a staff of around 250 people.
You actively and loyally contribute to the larger collective of teachers, students and researchers. You are responsible for the development and shape a continuum of practice, education and research from which you work (design-wise) on projects with realisations (written and non-written output) that are not only relevant, but also valorisable in the respective fields. Participating in shaping an Academic Design Office (ADO) is an important task in this respect. Your professional practice forms an active, continuously evolving breeding ground.
This academic design environment should be seen as an 'internal practice' or 'internship', where students participate in practice-based or design-based research projects and acquire an academic attitude and methodology in the process. Within an ADO, a synergy is thus created between practice, education and research. You contribute to the further development of this concept as a possible answer to the impending dichotomy between practice and the academic world in Architecture.
We are looking for a candidate who, as a designer, is part of an established, active architectural practice that demonstrates an independent (unconventional) approach and critical attitude towards the (architectural) brief. Through a critical project (re)definition and (re)interpretation of the brief, this practice questions the role and position of (interior) architecture and urban design in society and positions itself in the public realm. The portfolio of this practice includes both private and public clients (possibly through competition participation).
The projects testify to an original, authentic point of view regarding the public debate on (interior) architecture and urban design in which the candidate actively participates. The practice of which the candidate is part designs at the intersection between architecture and other disciplines (e.g. urbanism, art, ...) and works also multidisciplinary.
The designer builds a practice of meaningful projects with a socio-spatial surplus on the basis of an unusual interpretation of the programmatic question and consistent programmatic experimentation. In each design the candidate knows how to give an inventive answer to the programme inherent in the assignment itself and approaches the programme of architecture across all projects as a critical exploration of the public role and foundations of architecture.
The candidate has the capacity to make this practice, and the insights it generates, operational and transferable in a (studio) educational environment and in a research context. In its design and production, the candidate's practice shows an inquisitive, questioning attitude of both the profession (the 'conducting of practice') and the discipline (the 'forming of theories').
We offer part-time employment (50%) in a vibrant and intellectually stimulating design environment.
KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. Our university is highly focused on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and strives for international excellence. In this regard, the university actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provides its students with an academic education based on high-quality practice and scientific research.
You will work on the Sint-Lucas campuses in Brussels and/or Ghent. The Department of Architecture is active on the campuses in Brussels, Ghent and Leuven.
Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years. At the end of this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as associate professor. If you do not yet hold a doctoral degree, you will be appointed as a guest lecturer (50%) until you obtain your doctoral degree at the Faculty of Architecture, with a maximum term of five years. Your appointment to the independent academic staff only takes effect upon obtaining the PhD, under the conditions laid down by the assessment committee of the Faculty of Architecture.
KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, …
To facilitate scientific onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase a starting grant of 100.000 euro is offered to new professors without substantial other funding, appointed for at least 50%."
For more information about the content of the vacant position, please contact:
Prof. Dag Boutsen, dean Faculty of Architecture, tel. +32 2 447 19 00, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. dr. Yves Schoonjans, Head of the Department of Architecture, tel. +32 9 398 63 47, mail: email@example.com
Prof. dr. Thierry Lagrange, Head of Architecture & Art, tel. +32 9 398 63 51, mail: mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ON JUNE 3, 2020 AN INFORMATION SESSION WILL BE HELD ON THE SINT-LUCAS GHENT CAMPUS, HOOGSTRAAT 51, 9000 GHENT, FROM 18u30 UNTIL 20u00. DURING THIS SESSION WE WILL EXPLAIN THE SPECIFICITIES OF THE PART TIME ZAP PROFILE AND PROVIDE TIPS TO PREPARE A GOOD APPLICATION ( a.o. How to conceive an Academic Design Office? How to develop a practical and design-based line of research?...). THE INFORMATION SESSION IS ORGANISED IN ENGLISH. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE SESSION IN GHENT, WE CAN ESTABLISH A SKYPE CONNECTION. SUBSCRIPTION AT LATEST ON MAY 27, 2020 VIA email@example.com
Add the following elements to your application (more information can be found on the jobsite KU Leuven):
• a biosketch in which you demonstrate your added value as a practitioner for the core tasks of research, education and services in your past career and/or for your future activities (maximum 2 pages) ;
• a file on your five most relevant publications or realisations that demonstrate the focus on inventive craft(wo)manship in your practice and/or research (if it concerns projects that have arisen in internal or external collaboration, indicate what your own contribution was to the project);
• an extensive CV including publications by yourself and/or about your practice (where you may also refer to an appropriate selection on an existing website);
• a proposal for an Academic Design Office in which your research plan with attention to the elaboration of a practice-based and design driven research theme is combined with your vision on and concrete contribution to academic design education with attention to a network of (external) partners and possible service activities (internal representation through membership in councils and administrative bodies, contributions to society from education and research, outreach and science communication). (maximum 6 pages);
• your vision on authorship and authority (maximum 1 page).
We ask all documents to be drawn up in English.
KU Leuven places great importance on research integrity and ethical conduct and will therefore ask you to sign an integrity statement upon appointment.
If you have problems submitting your application online, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can apply for this job no later than September 30, 2020 via the online application tool
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|Title||Part Time Professor (50%) of Professional Practice in Architecture / Interior Architecture and/or Urban Design with an Active Design Practice that Testifies to Programmatic Experimentation and Critical Project Definition|
|Job location||Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven|
|Published||April 3, 2020|
|Job types||Professor,   Assistant / Associate Professor,   Tenure Track  |
|Fields||Architecture,   Interior Design,   Spatial Planning,   Urban Design  |