Professor of Construction, Structure and Reuse in Architectural Design (100%)

Professor of Construction, Structure and Reuse in Architectural Design (100%)

Belgium 15 Nov 2021
KU Leuven

KU Leuven

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15 Nov 2021
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(ref. ZAP-2021-67)

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, Structure and Reuse in Architectural Design”. For the section Design & Engineering of Construction of Architecture (DECA) at the Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent campus. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent 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 (interior architecture, architecture, spatial design and urban planning and the educational master in design sciences) on the Sint Lucas Brussels-Ghent campus. The faculty is responsible for the organisation of educational activities ( The Faculty is driven by a carefully curated diversity of design practices and is known for its forward-looking education that cultivates a freedom of exploration and experimentation ( There are currently about 2200 students, of which around 300 are international students. The Department of Architecture is responsible for the research in architecture, interior architecture, urbanism and spatial planning at the Faculty of Architecture (campus Sint Lucas Brussels-Ghent) and the Faculty of Engineering Sciences (Leuven campus). 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 teaching and research are carried out across the locations in Brussels and Ghent by a corps of about 300 people.

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You commit to take the lead in the academic management, you will participate in the further development of the architecture programmes and are also willing to take up a role in scientific and societal engagement. In addition, you play an active role in the image and profiling of the faculty and department with regard to current and new students and the broad professional field. This can be done through participation in public performances, information days, introductory moments, etc.

This profile fits within the ambition of the department to contribute to the challenge to move towards a more sustainable building stock, and more specifically by improving the current performance of the existing buidings and acknowledging the value of the materials present in the existing stock through reuse.

We are offering 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 that is based on high-quality scientific research. Its internationally renowned research and educational programmes cause it to consistently rank among the 50 best 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 campuses of the Faculty of Architecture in Brussels and Ghent. Your main workplace is determined by mutual agreement The Department of Architecture is active on 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; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.

KU Leuven is set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, learning Dutch, … 

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 please contact Prof. dr. ir. Yves Schoonjans, Chair Department of Architecture, tel.: +32 9 398 63 47, mail: or Prof. dr. Monika Rychtarikova, contact person for DECA, tel.: +32 16 32 78 44, mail: problems with online applying, please contact

Add to your application following documents (more information is available on the KU Leuven job site):

- your 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 full publication list and if applicable a portfolio of your architectural projects;

- 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 organszation (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 to draw up al documents 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.

You can apply for this job no later than November 15, 2021 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

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