In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture of KU Leuven, there is a full time academic position (ZAP) available in the field of Construction Driven Design for Regenerative Architecture on the Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent campus. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an interdisciplinary research record, competence in academic management and education, and familiar with the professional field. You will be part of a university that is systematically highly ranked for research and education quality by independent accreditation committees. 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.
The research field focuses on developing tools, strategies and best practices to design regenerative architecture based on critical socio-ecological choices in materials and innovative construction concepts. The resulting buildings are built, operational, recovered and regenerated with the purpose to create a positive energetic and/or environmental impact. The aim is to design beyond mainstreamed sustainability criteria of maintaining a status quo of natural carrying capacity, and stimulate an ecosystems-sensitive building (construction) culture rooted in its social context and connected with localised ecological design and engineering practices.
This implies that construction is seen as a specific design challenge in a socio-ecological context, conscious of (local) environmental characteristics that can be generative for future flexibility of use, durability and robustness, and with a strong relation with its users and community.
The research outcomes aim to train the architect in this complex design process in order to find operational, effective and affective frameworks for making (eco-socio-spatial embedded) decisions in materials and construction with a preference for context specific low-tech solutions with high performance outcomes that are robust and resilient. This research explores a novel architectural form-vocabulary starting from existing construction methods and materials, and investigates the relation between materialised form and its flexibility and adaptability in programme(s) for present and future users and environment. It strives to enrich the (regenerative) architectural discourse and practice by instigating a qualitative and creative interdisciplinary design process.
Your research relates to the current research vision of the Department of Architecture’s domain Constructing Architecture & Materialisation (https://architectuur.kuleuven.be/departementarchitectuur/english/research/onderzoeksdomeinen/constructing-architecture-materialisation). It is interdisciplinary as the Department strives for intensive collaborations across disciplines, and between theory and design.
Your research strengthens the Bachelor and Master programmes in Architecture and Interior Architecture, and in the International Master of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture.
Specifically, the following is expected:
The building technology courses at the Faculty of Architecture are divided into three main fields: Construction, Structure and Comfort. The Construction field focusses on the architectural project as a building process and system, composed by its construction elements and their interconnection, and to the level of the detail.
Within the field of Construction you ensure high quality education.
Teaching assignments can be in English and/or Dutch.
You are committed to take the lead in the academic management, to participate in the further development of the architecture programmes and to take up a role in scientific and societal engagement.
Furthermore you are ready to provide scientific, social and internal services, e.g. by maintaining close contacts with the professional field of engineers and architects with an exemplary design practice.
Moreover, you are willing to play an active role in the visibility and image of the department and faculty for new students and the broader professional field. This can be achieved through participation in public performances, open days, introduction sessions and so on.
You have a PhD on a topic related to the intended field of research and education. Design experience as architect and/or engineer is recommended. For this function we favour candidates with knowledge of and experience in engineering sciences and constructive building as well as architectural designing. You are familiar with architectural designing and contemporary tendencies in architecture.
You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by leading publications and/or realisations. International (research) experience is an important asset. You are expected to formulate a research plan with initiatives and research threads for the first 5 year period.
Experience in academic teaching is recommended, and is assessed by a list of courses taught, an educational plan for future courses at the faculty (pedagogical concept, teaching material, table of contents of the courses), and/or a test lecture on a predetermined topic.
You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within a university context.
Proficiency in English is required.
The official language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings.
Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.
We offer a fulltime employment in a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. If applicable, a part time appointment can be considered. Our university is highly inter- and multidisciplinarily focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard we actively work together with research partners in Belgium and abroad and provide our students with an academic education based on high-quality scientific research. Its internationally renowned research and educational programmes cause it to consistently rank among the best 50 universities worldwide.
The Faculty of Architecture is committed to practice-oriented academic teaching in a university setting. Its inspiration is artistic, leading to critical, innovative and path-breaking thinking. There is room for dialogue and debate, and the international dimension is ever present. You will work on the Sint-Lucas campuses in Ghent and Brussels. The main place of employment will be in Ghent. The Department of Architecture is active on the campuses in Ghent, Brussels 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; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.
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 9 398 64 84, mail: email@example.com
Prof. dr. Yves Schoonjans, Head of the Department of Architecture, tel. +32 9 398 63 47, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. dr. Laurens Luyten, Head of Architecture & Building Technology, tel. +32 9 398 63 49, mail: email@example.com
Add to your application following documents (more information is available on the KU Leuven job site):
• a biosketch in which you indicate your added value as an academic for research, education and service to society of your past career and of your future activities (maximum 2 pages);
• a file on your five most important publications or realisations;
• an extensive cv (including a portfolio of your architectural and urban projects, which may also refer to a relevant selection on an existing website; also including publications by yourself and/or on your practice);
• your research plan with focus on the development of your research line and research team in relation with the colleague-researchers of the entity of employment (maximum 5 pages);
• your vision on academic education and its organisation (maximum 2 pages);
• your contribution to society by outreach and public communication on science and technology, internal representation in boards and councils and service activities directly in relation to your developed expertise (maximum 1 page);
• your vision on leadership (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.
KU Leuven is committed to creating a diverse environment and is therefore an equal opportunity employer. It explicitly encourages candidates from groups that are currently underrepresented at the university to submit their applications.
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
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.Continue reading
|Title||Professor in Construction Driven Design for Regenerative Architecture|
|Job location||Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven|
|Published||April 3, 2020|
|Application deadline||September 30, 2020|
|Job types||Professor,   Assistant / Associate Professor,   Tenure Track  |
|Fields||Architecture,   Civil Engineering,   Interior Design,   Structural Engineering  |