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Professor of Architecture – renovation/new-build & built heritage
KU Leuven

Date Posted Jun. 21, 2021
Title Professor of Architecture – renovation/new-build & built heritage
University KU Leuven
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
Department Department of Architecture
Application Deadline Nov. 15, 2021
Position Start Date Oct. 1, 2022
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Engineering - Other
    Architectural (Building & Construction)

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 internationally.
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: or Prof. ir. Guido Geenen, tel.: +32 16 32 35 99, mail:
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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 (

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 applications.
    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 at

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Contact Information

  • KU Leuven
    Human Resources Department
    Parijsstraat 72B Box 4440
    Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000


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