Associate Professor in Timber Architecture

Deadline: 07.04.2024

Oslo School of Architecture and Design

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is a specialized university and a leading international architecture and design school that offering master´s program within architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism and design alongside a Ph.D. program and several continuing and further education programs. The school emphasizes research-based teaching and has an esteemed international reputation within its respective fields. AHOs fields of knowledge focus on design in all scales; objects, buildings, urban areas and landscaping. AHO is organized into three institutes, and has approx. 800 students and 270 employees.

The Institute of Architecture recognizes the comprehensive span of the architectural discipline and introduces students to a range of methods and techniques through an individual approach to the subject. A fundamental understanding of tradition is combined with experimental and future-oriented perspectives, laying the groundwork for the creation of sustainable architecture of the highest quality.

The institute’s teaching and research unite theory and practice in a studio-based education that represents academic breadth and is closely intertwined with architectural practice. The program’s curriculum encompasses architectural design, transformation, material technology, construction and tectonics, along with freehand drawing, workshop activities, artistic approaches, archive studies, and historical research. It incorporates a diverse array of topics addressing social, environmental, and economic sustainability, ensuring a holistic approach to sustainable architectural practice.

About the Position

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design invites applications for the position of Associate Professor, with a special focus on timber architecture. The role is designed to enhance the school's educational and research capabilities within this specialization, while also advancing the overall academic community's strategic commitment to sustainable materials and building techniques.

We seek candidates that are broadly oriented and passionate about their work, with an academic background in timber architecture. Applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in the practice of architecture, augmented by considerable teaching experience.

Timber architecture is fundamental to the Nordic architectural tradition and deeply embedded within the academic and research frameworks of the institute. This position is linked to the Technology and Practice section, with a specific focus on practice-oriented architectural design in technologically interdisciplinary contexts. Since 2010, the group has led research and development initiatives focused on utilizing timber as the primary building material. These initiatives have ranged from an urban scale to detailed material studies and actual building projects that are integrated into studio courses at the master's level.

We seek an architect who can lead master levels courses as part of a larger research portfolio, but also participate in the teaching team for courses led by others. The applicant will be responsible for forming new academic networks and developing externally funded research projects that also recruit Ph.D. students to the field.

About the Applicant

We are looking for a dedicated and skilled architect with relevant experience in teaching and research within architectural design of buildings with timber as the primary material. The applicant should have experience with interdisciplinary collaboration and demonstrate the ability to initiate and lead research projects within the field, as well as experience in Ph.D. supervision A background in architectural practice is desirable but not mandatory. The role entails teaching and supervising students at both the master's and doctoral levels, along with active participation in relevant forums dedicated to the academic advancement of the school. Applicants will be assessed with a view to professorial competence on an academic basis, documented research, and R&D-related teaching practice. Employment decisions will be made following a comprehensive evaluation of qualifications and personal attributes taking into account the goals and needs of the Technology and Practice section at the Institute of Architecture.

Qualification Requirements and Personal Qualities

  • Master's degree in architecture
  • Ph.D. in the field, approved as equivalent to a Norwegian Ph.D.
  • Documented scientific results, peer-reviewed publications, international contributions, and ongoing research activity
  • Documented innovative R&D related to teaching practice within timber architecture
  • Documented relevant practical-pedagogical competence based on education and/or teaching and supervision
  • Experience with academic leadership, collaboration, and administration.
  • Experience with the development of and participation in research projects.
  • Experience in establishing interdisciplinary networks nationally and internationally.
  • Proficiency in academic English
  • It is a requirement that the applicant completes courses in Norwegian language training and achieves proficiency in the Norwegian language within a two-year period (courses facilitated by AHO)

Emphasized Personal Qualities

  • Ability to innovate
  • Good collaboration skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Application documents

  • Application letter (max three A4 pages)
  • CV and relevant certificates and diplomas
  • Presentation of the 5 works you consider most significant for the position, along with an overview of up to 10 other works
  • Short description of pedagogical attitude (max one A4 page)
  • Short description of research attitude, as well as ideas and visions regarding subject area, subject content, and research and/or artistic development work (max two A4 pages)

AHO Offers

  • A creative and innovative, international environment centrally located in Oslo
  • Pension scheme in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale for code 1011 associate professor NOK 630,000 to 750,000.

For particularly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. The positions are subject to the usual state employment conditions.

From the salary, a statutory deposit of 2% is made to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

AHO aims to achieve a balanced composition in terms of age, gender, and cultural background.

Arrangements will be made for persons with reduced functional ability. Application The application is submitted electronically via jobbnorge.no.

Questions about the position can be directed to:

  • Professor and leder of section Technology and Practice Tine Hegli: tine.hegli@aho.no
  • Head of Institute of Architecture Hege Maria Eriksson: hege.maria.eriksson@aho.no

General information about AHO can be found at www.aho.no.

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