Professor in architectuurpraktijk : vernieuwbouw & erfgoed
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In the In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, Faculty
of Engineering Science, Department of Architecture there is a part-time
academic vacancy in the area of Architectural Practices, with an emphasis on
renovation/new-build & built heritage on Campus Arenberg. We are looking for
motivated candidates with an (inter)nationally recognised and meaningful
architecture portfolio through a practice that demonstrates that his/her
realisations (buildings, projects, master plans, studies, exhibitions,
publications, lectures, etc.) provide insights into and reflect on
architecture as a discipline in relation to new-build and heritage. The
Department of Architecture is responsible for research in the broad field of
architecture, i.e. the man-made built environment. Design is central. From
theory and history to building technology and construction, from heritage
conservation to urban design (or urbanism, not planning…) , spatial planning
and landscape: we value the social relevance of the research. Based on this
research, education is provided in the Faculty of Engineering Science
(Leuven), and in the Faculty of Architecture (Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent
campuses). Within the Architecture and Design division in Leuven, you will
find yourself in an environment which, based on design and other research,
provides design education in the Bachelor and Master degree programmes in
Engineering: Architecture, including the Advanced Master's degree in
Conservation of Monuments and Sites (RLICC). You will contribute to this
design education, and develop a research approach that allows you to evaluate,
deepen and update the existing learning trajectory. You have a strong affinity
with and passion for and a vision of current trends and important challenges
related to renovation & conservation of built heritage: design approach to
dealing with existing buildings, their qualities and challenges
(architectural, historical, building physics, structural, functional), and
adapting them to current and future evolutions. Your propensity for these
aspects may be apparent from your own architectural and/or educational
practice (whether or not in engineering firms (1), specialised firms (2)
or design schools (3)) or collaboration with them in broader contexts, from
experience in supervising design studios, or similar experiences. You are
expected to make a far-reaching commitment to our courses in general and their
design component in particular: - articulating this design component in the
Master's programme and in the Advanced Master's degree in Conservation, -
underpinning research and safeguarding the practical relevance thereof, - and
developing an international academic network.
We are looking for a person with a nationally/internationally recognised
architectural practice, who demonstrates an inquisitive attitude, along with
the capacity to academically catalyse this practice and the corresponding
insights. Creative practices play a key role in this catalysing process. You
strive for interaction with the design studios and design research within the
Department of Architecture. You formulate design assignments and thesis
studios that embed (design) research within the department's research
programme, and offer clearly complementary expertise. You set up academic
partnerships both within and outside the department and develop relationships
with practice and the relevant business community, both locally and
You will be involved in doctorates with a design component, as
(co-)supervisor or as a member of the supervisory committee.
You associate existing and new high-quality production from your own practice
with research output for the Department of Architecture; this could include
prizes, nominations, special realisations and research work in the category
Artistic and Design Realisations. Continuous publications and/or exhibitions
of our own creative and prospective research work are expected.
You will provide high-quality design education with a clear commitment to the
quality of the programme as a whole. The didactic responsibilities include
running the design studios as well as providing lectures and seminars. You
also contribute to the faculty/university's educational project through the
supervision of master theses and/or as a co-supervisor of PhD students. You
co-manage the studio teams of teaching assistants and/or visiting professors.
You are committed to further questioning, refining, expanding and
disseminating the existing didactic concept. You develop your activating and
research-based teaching and utilise the options for educational expertise
which are provided by the university and the Faculty of Engineering Science.
Teaching takes place in Dutch and/or in English.
You are committed to playing a pioneering role in academic management and the
further development of the architectural engineering programme. You are
prepared to provide internal as well as scientific and community engagement,
for example by maintaining close contact with the field of work or membership
of advisory committees. In addition, you will play an active role in the image
and profile of the department/faculty with regard to existing and new students
and the broad professional field. This can be done through participation in
public performances, information days, introduction moments and the like. You
are also willing to be part of a pool from which the alternating coordinator
for the design curriculum as a whole will be recruited. You will maintain a
close relationship with the architectural practice.
An (inter)nationally recognised and meaningful architecture portfolio is an
essential basic requirement. You have a master's degree in Engineering:
Architecture, or an equivalent degree. A doctorate is not an immediate
requirement. Candidates without a PhD are required to obtain a PhD within five
years of the appointment.
Teaching experience is necessary, to be substantiated with previously taught
subjects. You possess inquisitive design competencies relevant to the field.
International experience is an important asset. To demonstrate your research
and teaching experience, we ask you to explain your views on research and
teaching in relation to the Master's program Engineering: Architecture or
Advanced Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites and the interaction
with subjects and/or design studios, and underpin this with a plan for the
next five years.
You have demonstrable organisational and managerial skills and have a
cooperative approach to colleagues.
You are also an open-minded advocate for a dynamic department, a competent and
forward-looking pedagogue and a bridge builder between practice, education and
research on the one hand, and departments, institutions, organisations and
communities on the other.
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 re
The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you are
not familiar with Dutch or your command of the language is inadequate at the
time of recruitment, KU Leuven provides a programme of study that will enable
you to participate in board meetings.
We offer part-time employment of 50%.
KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that
carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. Our Architecture
Department focuses on inter/multidisciplinary opportunities and strives for
international excellence. To this end, it actively collaborates with research
partners at home and abroad, including cooperations in the context of the
Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation. It offers its students
an academic education based on high-level scientific research.
Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed 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 five years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are
permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.
Candidates without a PhD are first appointed within the framework of associate
academic staff to obtain the PhD.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Bruno De Meulder, tel.: +32
16 32 13 37, mail: email@example.com or Prof. ir. Guido Geenen,
tel.: +32 16 32 35 99, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For problems with online applying, please contact email@example.com.
On September 16, 2021 an information session will be held in Heverlee, from 2
p.m. to 4 p.m. During this session we will explain the specificities of this
part time zap profile and provide tips to prepare a good application. Please
subscribe for this information session by 10/09/2021 using Information session
50% ZAP 2021 (google.com).
Please enclose a letter of motivation detailing one of the above aspects, as
well as your corresponding vision on research and education and a plan for the
next three years. You should upload a relevant portfolio of your architecture
projects, or refer to an appropriate selection on an existing website.
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 under-represented at the university to submit their
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 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