Lecturer in Theory of Architecture

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious international universities of art, design and architecture in the world. The school is a strong source of social influence. Key areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design. The school’s history dates back to 1871.

The Department of Architecture offers high-level studies in Architecture and Landscape Architecture advancing artistic development work within these fields as well as artistic and scientific research. The Department‘s strategic goal is to maintain and strengthen the Department of Architecture as an exemplary school of high international excellence. The educational objectives are to combine social responsibility, innovative technical, artistic and scientific knowledge, enabling the students to become accomplished experts in their own field. For more information, please see: http://architecture.aalto.fi/en/

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture invites applications for:

Lecturer in Theory of Architecture

As a field of teaching and research, the theory of architecture is a combination of the principles of architecture and architectural history. Its main areas of interest include architectural history, design theories and methods, architectural research, philosophy of architecture, architecture criticism, and architectural communication. Closely linked to many other research fields such as the theory of art and culture, art history, cultural and social policy, history of technology, and philosophy, the theory of architecture underlies a wide range of cultural, historical and national phenomena in architecture.

Depending on the qualifications of the candidate, the appointment will be made at the level of university lecturer or senior university lecturer in the Aalto University lecturer career system. The post is available on a fixed-term contract basis for five years as of 1 January 2018.

Job description

The lecturer in theory of architecture will focus on the principles and theory of architecture, and is responsible for teaching theory of architecture and architectural writing to the Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral students of the Department of Architecture.

The responsibilities will also include teaching the principles of architectural research, supervising Master’s and Doctoral students, and guiding students in academic and journalistic writing. In addition, the lecturer in theory of architecture will be involved in developing the teaching, research, and doctoral education of architecture, and will be expected to keep up to date with developments in architectural teaching and research as well as publications and exhibitions, both in Finland and abroad.


The successful candidate will have a Doctoral degree in a relevant field, experience in teaching at university level and diverse professional experience in the field of architecture. Preference will be given to candidates who have undergone pedagogical training. The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge of architecture and architectural research in Finland and in the other Nordic countries.  A good command of oral and written English is required for supervising and guiding students in their writing and for developing the teaching and research of the department, while knowledge of Finnish and Swedish would be desirable.

How to apply

Please submit your application through Aalto University´s electronic recruitment system SAIMA (link 'Apply for this job’ at the bottom of this page) no later than during Monday, October 23, 2017 (Finnish time UTC+2) accompanying it with the following attachments:

All application materials must be submitted in English in pdf-format.

Instructions for compiling CV and Teaching portfolio etc is found here: http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/tenuretrack/for_applicant/

The departmental recruitment committee might ask for more materials from the applicants later on in the process. Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider additional candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Salary and working time

Salary will be determined upon competence and experience of the chosen person following the salary system of Finnish universities. Teaching personnel belong to the total working hours system, working 1624 hours annually. Part-time work can be negotiated with the selected person.

Application process

The Departmental Committee will choose applicants to visit the Department of Architecture and to give teaching demonstrations in November 2017. The selected applicants will be interviewed by the Departmental Committee and assessed by independent external evaluators. The applicants will be reviewed based on their merits in teaching, research and service activities (activity in scientific community, academic leadership and societal interaction).

Additional information

For additional information, please contact Professor Jenni Reuter, jenni.reuter(at)aalto.fi, tel. Jenni Reuter, puh. +358 50 305 5704  or HR-coordinator Kira Sipilä, kira.sipila(at)aalto.fi, tel. +358 50 578 4894 regarding the application process.

Espoo September 12th, 2017