The department of architecture (Fachbereich 15) at Technische Universität Darmstadt invites applications for a
Assistant professorship (W2, Tenure Track)
for Modern and Contemporary Architectural History, Architectural Theory and Architectural Studies
The assistant professorship forms part of the research group “Historical Foundations of Architecture”. In collaboration with the research group “Classical Archaeology” (focus on antiquity) and the research group “History of Architecture and Art”, the professorship represents the historical, theoretical, artistic as well as the social foundations of European history of architecture in the research and teaching of the bachelor’s and master’s programme in architecture. Further, the professorship shall supervise doctorates and post-doctoral qualifications in the field of architectural studies. It shall also develop the interdisciplinary research and the international networks of the department of architecture.
This assistant professorship focuses on modern and contemporary architecture and concerns itself with the contemporary history and theory of architecture in a global context.
Architectural Studies is a new cross disciplinary extension of Architectural History and Architectural Theory. Its purpose is to reflect the design process theoretically and to progress the design studies methodically in cooperation with the design professions.
Further, the department intends to develop a new exploratory focus on the theory and history of digital architecture. Since the 1990s, architecture has almost been exclusively designed by computer, which represents a challenge for historians and theorists. To answer these questions, the professorship should conduct research in such research fields as: the design process, digital designing, forms of representation, digital fabrication processes in construction as well as the content related aspects of cataloguing and permanent storage of digital work materials for posterity.
The department thus seeks an architect with a concentration in the history and theory of modern and contemporary architecture and with relevant knowledge and competencies in the concentration to be developed. The formal prerequisites for the application are a completed doctoral thesis in the field of history and theory of architecture (including the publication of the doctoral thesis) as well as further scientific achievement in the requested research area.
Experiences in research, acquisition of external funding, teaching, and university organization are also assumed, as well as the willingness to respond to the specific concentrations and forms of teaching of a technically and creatively oriented degree course. We thus expect a close collaboration with the diverse disciplines of the Department of Architecture and cooperation with other Departments of Technische Universität Darmstadt.
Regulations on the maximum period of scientific activities after the acquisition of the PhD degree as well as all additional requirements for employment are subject to § 64 section 3 HHG in the respective current versions. The Assistant Professorship is designed as Qualification Professorship as per § 64 HHG. For the position the option for a tenured full professorship after a successful tenure procedure is given.
The position is initially limited to six years. Remuneration follows the German W-Besoldung at level W2 Hessisches Besoldungsgesetz
The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Part-time employment is generally possible.
The Technische Universität Darmstadt is certified as a family-friendly university and offers a dual career program.
Qualified applicants are invited to submit the following documents: a concept paper (max. 2 pages) on the theme of “Theory and History of Digital Architecture” that explains the possibilities and perspectives on the development of this research agenda in the Department of Architecture at Technische Universität Darmstadt. In addition, applicants should include a CV, copies of transcripts and certificates of academic examinations and appointments including certificate of having passed the “university entrance qualification” (Abitur); a list of publications; a description of research and teaching activities. Writings (publications) are to be submitted upon request. All documents are to be addressed in paper form to the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Department of Architecture, Prof. Ariel Auslender, El-Lissitzky-Str. 1, D-64287 Darmstadt.
Code. No. 525
Application deadline: January 31, 2018