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10 PhD positions in a newly funded Innovative Training Network

Deadline: 08.11.2019

10 PhD positions in a newly funded Innovative Training Network: TACK/Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing

About the position

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 provides education within architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism and design. AHOs fields of knowledge focus on design in all scales; objects, buildings, urban areas and landscaping. AHO is organized into four institutes, and has approx. 700 students and 145 employees.

For more information about aho: aho.no

The Institute of Form, Theory and History (FTH) teaches and researches architecture, architectural history and building heritage. The FTH faculty —counting approximately 30 architects, architectural historians, artists, and philosophers — engages on all academic levels: Undergraduate and graduate levels, and has a particular responsibility for the PhD program. FTH offers an executive Master in Building Heritage, as well as a Nordic executive Master in Architectural Heritage (NORMAK), a collaboration of Architecture School in the Nordic countries. The Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies(OCCAS) is part of FTH.

AHO is a partner institution in a newly funded Innovative Training Network, as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions within the European Framework Programme Horizon 2020,

‘TACK/Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing’

The aim is to train young researchers to understand the specific knowledge used by architects in the design of buildings and cities. This network combines, for the first time, the expertise on tacit knowledge that has been developed at ten major academic institutions: ETH Zürich, Delft University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Politecnico di Milano, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, University of Antwerp, University College London and Leibniz Universität Hannover. Together with three leading cultural architectural institutions as well as nine distinguished architecture design offices, these will train a group of scholars to explore the very character of tacit knowledge and to better understand its potential in addressing new and pressing issues in the built environment. ‘TACK/Communities of Tacit Knowledge’ comprises 10 parallel PhD projects.

Applications for a fully funded PhD position at AHO are invited within this 3-year Innovative Training Network. Each PhD project will explore a particular aspect of tacit knowledge in architecture and will become part of the wider international training programme on ‘Communities of Tacit Knowledge’, which will provide the opportunity to intensively exchange with other PhD candidates and with international faculty. In addition to the academic experience, secondments will be provided by non-academic partners. Architectural offices from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Austria and Sweden, will host a PhD candidate in their office for a five-month (part-time) architectural secondment. Three major European cultural institutes, active in the field of architecture, will also provide secondments, in which PhD candidates will become acquainted with methods of knowledge dissemination to a broader audience (curatorial tools), the impact of cultural heritage (archival tools) and of generating a public debate (rhetorical tools).

More information on the PhD terms of contract at the ten academic institutions, on specific themes that are addressed and on the secondments that will take place within this network, can be found on: https://tacit-knowledge-architecture.com/

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 860413.

Supervision and Exchange

All PhD candidates will have one professor of the academic partner institutions of the international training programme ‘Communities of Tacit Knowledge’ as their primary supervisor and will be co-supervised by another international colleague in the network. While each PhD candidate pursues an independent doctoral project in its own right, the different PhD projects will be grouped into three research clusters:

(1) Approaching Tacit Knowledge: Theories and Histories,

(2) Probing Tacit Knowledge: Concrete Cases and Approaches and

(3) Situating Tacit Knowledge: New Concepts and Theories.

In addition to the nine PhDs performed within these three research clusters, one additional PhD project will focus on ‘Transmitting Tacit Knowledge’. Regular opportunities for exchange of knowledge within these clusters and within the entire network will be provided at the occasion of Foundational course sessions (once a year) and Intermediate meetings (twice a year).

Motivation and qualifications

We are looking for motivated young researchers with a background in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, architectural and urban theory, or related disciplines.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • a Master’s degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, architectural theory, or related disciplines
  • affinity with research in architecture, as demonstrated by research papers, journal articles or other research output or contributions to architectural culture
  • willingness to work at the interface of academia and design-led research
  • experience in architectural design practice is desirable
  • willingness to work and move in an international academic network
  • excellent English oral and writing skills


To apply, please submit the following information/documents via the online platform:

  • a cover letter
  • a full CV (including contact details for at least two academic referees plus marks/grades achieved on current courses)
  • a 1500-word position paper which outlines your interest in researching tacit knowledge in architecture and gives an indication of your three preferred subthemes (e.g. Horizons, Codes, Values, …)
  • a copy of your diplomas

The closing date for applications is 8 November 2019.

Interviews will be held between 2 and 13 December 2019. The PhD projects will commence on March 1st, 2020. Candidates are expected to be available to commence work on this date. After the selection procedure, PhD candidates will be located at one of the academic partner institutions for the entire duration of the PhD. They will be employed according to the conditions of that academic partner institution. For additional information see: https://tacit-knowledge-architecture.com/phd-conditions-at-academic-partners-institutions/ According to EU regulations, researchers must not have resided, worked or studied in the country of the academic partner institutions for more than 12 months in the last 3 years. For further information about PhD positions in the TACK network email to: [email protected]

Applications should be submitted via the online platform:


Academic partner institutions

  • ETH Zürich, Prof. dr. ir. Tom Avermaete, Dr. ir. Janina Gosseye
  • Delft University of Technology, Assoc. Prof. dr. ir. Klaske Havik
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Prof. dr. Helena Mattsson
  • Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Prof. dr. Tim Anstey
  • Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Prof. dr. ir. Christoph Grafe
  • Politecnico di Milano, Prof. dr. Gennaro Postiglione
  • Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Prof. dr. ir. Angelika Schnell
  • University of Antwerp, Prof. dr. ir. Lara Schrijver
  • University College London, Prof. dr. Peg Rawes
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover, Prof. dr. ir. Margitta Buchert

Additional information for the TACK PhD Award at AHO

The AHO TACK PhD fellowship will be carried out at the Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (http://occas.aho.no/) within the Institute of Form, Theory and History.

OCCAS studies the cultural significance of the built world, its historical preconditions and its contemporary status. Focusing on Nordic architectural culture, OCCAS looks at the built environment as a site for cultural negotiation and contestation. With material ranging from exhibitions and texts, to architectural processes, buildings and landscapes OCCAS insists on the contemporary relevance of historical and theoretical research, its critical potentials, and its urgent function in understanding the built environments of the present and the future.

Formal commitments to PhD Fellowship positions from AHO

  • The PhD Fellowship is fully funded for three years full-time research and there is no tuition fee.
  • The PhD Fellow is employed at the institution
  • The salary is NOK 479 600 for a full position; extensive relevant experience can give a higher start salary. From the salary, there will be a mandatory deduction of 2 % as a contribution to the State Pension fund (SPK). Standard employment conditions for state employees in Norway apply for the position.
  • An annual sum of 20 000 NOK for literature and other necessary academic activities.
  • Office space in a professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Attractive welfare benefits and generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities.

Formal requirements associated with PhD Fellowship positions at AHO

  • The applicant must be enrolled in the AHO PhD Programme
  • The educational component in the AHO PhD Programme, coordinated with the education component of the TACK network, is mandatory.
  • Residency in Oslo for the employment period is mandatory except where secondments in other institutions are agreed as part of the fellowship position.
  • Applicants who do not have English or a Scandinavian language as their mother tongue must submit documentation of their proficiency in English (TOEFL-test or similar).

Contact informastion

Any further enquiries about the AHO TACK PhD fellowship should be emailed to: [email protected].

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