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Lecturer in History of Architecture and Architectural Conservation

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

Lecturer in History of Architecture and Architectural Conservation

The position is placed in the Aalto University lecturers' career system based on their qualifications as a university teacher, university lecturer or senior university lecturer. The position will begin 1 January 2021, or as agreed. The post is full-time and, depending on the positioning on the career system, either a permanent or a fixed-term five years position. For more information about the lecturer career system, see:

Your role and goals

The history of architecture and architectural conservation are important fields in the teaching, research and doctoral education of the Department of Architecture. History of architecture and architectural conservation imparts essential knowledge for a holistic understanding of built heritage. The field also pursues conserving building stock and plays an important role in public discussions and societal interaction on historic preservation and cultural heritage.

Courses in history of architecture and architectural conservation are included in the Department of Architecture curricula both in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes.  Many of these courses form a compulsory part of the Degree Programmes. At Aalto University, Bachelor teaching is conducted in Finnish and Master teaching in English.

The core duty of the Lecturer is to teach and develop teaching in the fields of history of architecture and architectural conservation in co-operation with the Professor. The duties also include collaboration with the teaching and research staff of the Department of Architecture and other departments, as well as with other universities and research institutions at the national and international level. In addition to teaching duties, the job responsibilities include administrative duties and research, depending on the profile of the appointee. The duties of the lecturer may also include other tasks assigned by the university.

In essence, the Lecturer’s responsibilities focus on the organization and teaching of the compulsory courses in the Bachelor´s Degree Programme, course organization in the Master's Degree Programme, thesis tutoring, and teaching with the Professor.

Your experience and ambitions

The Lecturer is required to have teaching experience at university level, at least a Master's degree in architecture, research qualifications and experience relevant to the assignment in the field. Scientific merit and pedagogical studies are considered an advantage. The evaluation is based on the applicant's skills and merits in teaching, research and practice-based work in the field of the history of architecture and architectural conservation. The applicant’s ambitions may include practical teaching and development of learning in authentic learning environments.

A qualified candidate is expected to have fluent Finnish and eligible English skills; Swedish skills are considered as a merit.

Ready to apply?

Please submit your application materials through Aalto University eRecruitment system no later than Tuesday 25th August 2020 at 23:59 (Eastern European time UTC +2). The link to the eRecruitment system ('Apply for this job') can be found at the bottom of the page. The applicants are required to submit the following material:

• Cover letter, which reflects your strengths aligned to the position (max. 1 page)

• Curriculum vitae (including your bibliography and a list of publications and other activity in the professional or scientific community, eg. professional and / or academic leadership)  formatted according to the Academy of Finland CV Guidelines (

• Portfolio containing up to five most important publications or published articles (all work in one file up to 10Mb in size)

• Teaching portfolio according to Aalto requirements,

All application materials are to be submitted in pdf format and in English. Please ensure filenames include your name. The Departmental Committee carrying out the recruitment process reserves the right to request the applicants to submit additional material if needed.

We do not accept non-electronic application documents.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position vacant, to extend the application period or to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Application Process

The department team will select from among the applicants those who are invited to visit the Department of Architecture and give a teaching sample in Aalto ARTS during week 45 (2020). The Departmental Committee and the School´s teaching competence assessment committee will also interview the short-listed applicants. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of teaching competence, artistic-professional and/or research merits, collaborative skills and research community activities.

Further information

For further information on the available position, please contact Assistant professor Panu Savolainen by e-mail panu.savolainen(at) Questions concerning the recruitment process please contact HR Specialist Satu Pöyhönen by satu.poyhonen(at)  or recruitments-arts(at)

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