Professor of Urban Design: Theory & Methods

Delft University of Technology - Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment

Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 5 years
Salary: €5334 to €7766 per month gross

Since its foundation 110 years ago, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has built up a solid international reputation for training architects, urban planners and designers, as well as for its research portfolio and coaching of PhD candidates. With around 2600 students and 500 staff members, with around 230 FTEs devoted to academic positions, our faculty is one of the largest of Delft University of Technology and one of the most prestigious architecture and the built environment faculties globally. Traditionally, the faculty has prioritised high-quality training in design and research in the field of the built environment. Over 40 chairs cover a wide range of academic areas in design, process and technology, which together cover the entire field of the built environment. The faculty has a budget of around €38 million, of which approximately €7 million is sourced indirectly and from contracts with third parties.

The Department of Urbanism in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment encompasses and combines urban design, spatial planning, landscape architecture, and environmental modelling. These areas are represented in the four sections of the Department. The Department has a global reputation for excellence in research and education, and is particularly well known for the ‘Dutch approach’ to urbanism that brings together the creativity of design with academic research methods. This ‘integral’ urbanism enjoys high international esteem in professional practice, research, and education.

The Department enables staff and students to build knowledge of the sustainable and fair forming and transforming of cities and regions. We direct our research to questions about the relationship between the qualities of urban and regional environments with the social, economic, and environmental performance of societies and the wellbeing of citizens. Our graduates learn to take an independent and active role in shaping urban development but are also critical and reflective, demonstrating an awareness of both the potential and limitations of professional interventions. We explore critical questions of urbanism in the Netherlands and with partners in many other countries, but always with sensitivity to local conditions and cultures.

In a 2016 research assessment conducted under the Dutch Standard Evaluation Protocol, the Department’s research programme was assessed as ‘world leading/excellent’ in ‘research quality’ and ‘social relevance’, and ‘very good’ in ‘viability’. The TU Delft is ranked third in the world for architecture and the built environment in the QS World University rankings (2017), and second in the world for urban planning in the University Rankings of Academic Performance (2016-17).

Job description
The Professor will build on a strong track record of research, education, and outreach to further strengthen research and education in urban design within the Department of Urbanism. She or he will ensure continuity in the investigation of existing research and education themes that are successful and will take the lead in identifying and pursuing critical future questions for urban design. The Professor will review and update selected theory and methods in urban design in the context of highly dynamic and complex socio-economic, political, and technological conditions. The Professor will have an international and cross-cultural perspective with an understanding of the Dutch approach to urbanism and its relevance in other cultural settings.

The Professor will play an important role in linking research with curriculum development and teaching at the Bachelor, Master, and higher levels. She or he will be expected to maintain and strengthen collaboration with professional practice and societal partners in the Netherlands and internationally, to grow post-graduate research through the recruitment and supervision of PhD candidates, and to play a key role in academic leadership and management of the Department. In all these tasks, the Professor will contribute to the very effective cross-disciplinary collaboration that is a hallmark of the Department.

Requirements
The Professor of Urban Design: Theory and Methods will demonstrate:

  • a distinguished career in urbanism built on an academic education in urban design, urban planning, or another relevant subject;
  • a doctoral degree (or exceptionally, an equivalent academic record supported with academic publications);
  • excellence in research as shown by acquisition of research grants and publications;
  • successful experience in PhD candidate supervision;
  • competence in the professional practice of urban design;
  • active national and international network of professional and academic contacts;
  • visibility in professional and societal debates on urban design;
  • outstanding record of teaching and learning at the Master and Bachelor level;
  • experience in curriculum development and in connecting research and education;
  • experience with collaboration across urban professions such as architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, or other disciplines;
  • leadership through managing change, team-building, and collaborative working, as well as tactful interpersonal skills;
  • outstanding spoken and written communication skills in English, particularly the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly to students and external partners and (if necessary) a willingness to learn Dutch within a reasonable timespan.

Conditions of employment
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

Information and application
For more information about this position, please contact the Urbanism Dept. Manager Annemieke Klein, A.F.Klein@tudelft.nl or the Dept. Head, Prof. Vincent Nadin, V.Nadin@tudelft.nl. To apply, please send a detailed CV, a list of publications, the names and contact information of five people who may be contacted for a reference, and a statement of research, teaching and leadership (max. 5 pages) along with a letter of application by 1 February 2018 to Caro Coemans, HR-BK@tudelft.nl.

When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number BK2017-H06.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.



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