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Professor of Housing 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.

The Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture is a Nordic leader in higher education for design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and art. We produce world-class research e.g. in art education, design and design thinking, digital media and visual culture, urban planning and architecture. Our graduates innovate in and beyond their fields, drawing on over a century of tradition, a humane and forward-looking approach, and the latest technologies. Our new campus in Espoo, just west of Helsinki, makes working together among and across disciplines easier than ever before.

The Department of Architecture offers degree programmes in architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture. The Department’s teaching and research activities are organised around the main fields of architecture, landscape and urbanism. For more information, please see:

We are now looking for a:

Professor of Housing Architecture

The call is open for all levels of the Aalto University tenure track system. The position will begin at the 1st of August 2021 or as agreed. The professorship is full-time and, depending on the positioning on the tenure track, with either a fixed-term or permanent contract. Please find more information about the Tenure Track system here:

Job description

The professor leads the housing architecture teaching and research in the department of Architecture. In addition, the professor is responsible for directing and instructing the lecturer and other teaching staff in the field of the professorship. The focus of the professorship is on creating new visions, knowledge as well as developing tools and methods for housing architecture. Holistic understanding and knowledge of housing design, societal impacts, sustainability, history of residential architecture as well as current questions linked to housing and construction, are important aspects of the position. The professor of housing architecture is active in collaboration between the housing industry and organizations in the field.

Your role and goals

The tasks of the Professor of Housing architecture include teaching and research in the field

as well as development and management work within the department. In addition, the role involves external fund raising and multidisciplinary collaboration. The professor will work in cooperation with the professors and other teaching staff of the department, with other schools in the Aalto University and related disciplines in other universities. The Housing architecture is part of the SPACE group within the department including Housing Architecture, Urban design and Urban planning, working actively together.

Developing and participating actively the international cooperation and networks as well as cooperating with Finnish universities are necessary parts of professor’s activities.

At the moment, the BA level courses are taught primarily in Finnish whilst MA and doctoral level studies primarily in English.


The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the quality of the artistic or practice-based outcomes and/or their research and teaching merits, as well as academic leadership skills and activity in the scientific community. A Master’s Degree in Architecture is mandatory and a Doctoral Degree is highly valued.

lnternationally peer reviewed publications and participation in research projects and/or experience in housing design, international architectural publications or participation in housing development projects is valued. The successful candidate is expected to have broad knowledge about international housing research, design and policy, especially pertaining to the Nordic situation. The candidate is expected to be internationally networked and fluent in English. The position will require relocation to Finland for candidates not already located in the country.

What we offer

A possibility to work within a well-resourced learning community where the students are rigorously selected and highly motivated. This results in unusually interactive and intellectually challenging atmosphere.

Aalto University provides its employees with occupational health care services and retirement benefits. Finland is a healthy and safe living environment, offering many excellent state-subsidized services including affordable day care, free schools and universities, which are consistently ranked among the best in the world. More information about living and working in Finland 

The salary is determined based on applicant's experience and qualifications. Activities of the department are mainly located in the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo (Helsinki metropolitan area).

Ready to apply?

To apply, please share the following application materials with us in English and in PDF format:

Please submit all your application materials in English no later than on 31st of October , 2020 (Finnish time UTC +2). The link to the eRecruitment system ('Apply for this job') can be found at the bottom of this page.

From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select those who may be asked to supplement their application materials. Supplemented applications are submitted for review by external experts (the second phase of the application process). Based on the application materials and external evaluations, the Departmental Committee will choose the most suitable applicants to visit the Department of Architecture and deliver teaching demonstrations in January 2021.

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

For more Information

For additional information, please contact Professor Karin Krokfors, email karin.krokfors(at) In questions related to the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi, katja.korpinurmi(at)

In Espoo, 7 September 2020


Tenure track in Aalto University

The tenure track is open to talented individuals who have excellent potential for a scientific career. Individuals on the Aalto University professorial tenure track have the possibility to advance in their career through regular performance reviews, which take into account their merits in all areas of their scope of duty. Launched in 2010, the tenure track has attracted a wide range of international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of recruiting top experts and young research talent to join the Aalto University community.

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