Doctoral Researcher in Interior Architecture
Catholic University of Leuven Department of Architecture
Belgium

 
The Department of Architecture (www.architecture.kuleuven.be) is part of the Science and Technology Group at KU Leuven and coordinates the research on (interior) architecture, urban planning and spatial planning at the Faculty of Engineering (Leuven) and the Faculty of Architecture (Brussels and Gent). The Department enjoys an international reputation and currently counts more than 150 (international) PhD candidates. The researcher will be part of the research group Architecture Interiority Inhabitation (A2I) which includes members of both the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Engineering.

Project

In many Western countries, the field of interior architecture is characterised by an on-going identity crisis. The confusion becomes apparent via the diverse nomenclature: interior architecture, interior
design and interior decoration. Furthermore, the discipline was often (and still is) perceived as feminine and amateurish. Attempts to correct this image have significantly characterised the professionalisation of interior design since World War II. This is particularly noticeable in the field of education. Contemporary interior design courses are still challenged to define themselves and to address their gendered image. Vocational courses have now achieved academic status, but in which ways did this change the identity of the profession? 

This project takes Belgium as a case study because of its diverse and bilingual educational landscape. The programmes in interior design are rooted in different traditions: the Beaux Arts tradition and the Arts & Crafts. How did interior design evolve in relation to these distinct educational branches? To address this, the project aims to develop detailed genealogies of all interior design courses in Belgium up until 1999, the year of the Bologna Declaration. Furthermore, a new method will be elaborated and refined for assessing the role of education in the identity formation of interior design. This method will also provide a thematic framework for international comparative research. 
 
This FWO research project is a joint initiative of UAntwerpen, represented by prof. Els De Vos, and KU Leuven, represented by prof. Fredie Floré. Both universities are simultaneously hiring a full time doctoral researcher in order to compile a research team. The PhD student at KU Leuven will first and foremost investigate the educational programmes in interior design which were developed by Catholic oriented institutions and were inspired by Arts & Crafts legacies. These institutions include for example the former Sint-Lucas schools in Brussels, Ghent and Liège. The PhD student at UAntwerpen will focus on investigating the interior design programmes developed by institutions with roots in the Beaux Arts tradition including the Royal Academies of Antwerp and Ghent. Some parts of the research project will be done jointly or in collaboration with the supervisors, including part of the literature study, the organization of a workshop and a conference, and the development of several publications.

Profile

We are looking for an outstanding candidate (m/f) who is passionate about research and communicative. The candidate has obtained a Master degree in one of the following fields: interior architecture, architecture, engineering architecture, history of art, history or equivalent. The candidate graduated at least cum laude or has distinguished him- or herself in a similar way during his or her academic career or professional life. He or she is able to illustrate his/her writing skills by means of an article or master thesis.
The candidate shows a strong interest in conducting academic research in the field of interior architecture or interior design. 

The candidate is expected to:
  • show a clear interest in and knowledge of the research subject.
  • work both individually and in a multidisciplinary team.
  • show a pro-active attitude and research integrity.
  • be fluent in English, Dutch and French and to possess excellent communication skills, both oral and written. 
  • support teaching activities in the educational programmes of interior architecture and architecture.
  • write scientific publications and to present research results at international conferences and in international (peer reviewed) journals. 
  • be internationally mobile.

Offer

We offer a full-time appointment in a doctoral fellowship in a creative and dynamic work environment. Apart from some limited teaching duties and general services for the department, your main assignment consists in carrying out part of the research project – including writing a PhD dissertation – in close interaction with your supervisor prof. Fredie Floré, co-supervisor Els De Vos, and the other PhD researcher involved in the FWO project. 
You will be appointed for the duration of 1 year, extendable to a maximum of 4 years in total (depending on positive interim evaluations). 
In principle, you will be based at the Sint-Lucas Ghent campus of the Faculty of Architecture; part of your duties will be on the Sint-Lucas Brussels campus nonetheless.
Candidates are expected to start on October 1st 2020 or on the earliest alternative date agreed on together.

Interested?

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Fredie Floré, tel.: +32 9 398 63 42, mail: fredie.flore@kuleuven.be.

Make sure, in your application, to clearly point out why you are the right candidate. Generic applications will not be considered.
You can apply for this job no later than August 05, 2020 via the
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.
  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Brussel/Gent
  • Apply before: August 5, 2020
  • Tags: Architectuur


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