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Closing date for applications | 18.03.2010

The Institute for Art and Architecture (IKA) is advertising this professorship according to § 99 of the Universities Act 2002 (Universitätsgesetz 2002). The appointment is for a period of 1 year starting in winter term 2010/2011.

In cooperation with the City of Vienna the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is currently accepting applications for the following position:

Roland-Rainer-Chair Professorship for architectural design and research

The Institute for Art and Architecture (IKA) is advertising this professorship according to § 99 of the Universities Act 2002 (Universitätsgesetz 2002). The appointment is for a period of 1 year starting in winter term 2010/2011.

The Roland Rainer Chair is financed by the City of Vienna for 3 years. It aims at embedding and further developing Roland Rainer's notion of architecture in the study programs of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, reflecting his way of teaching as well as the consequences of his work and his awareness of responsibility in architecture. It should consider the social, political and ecological perspectives beyond the question of pure design. The Roland-Rainer-Chair should maintain a productive dialogue with the Vienna Departments of City Planning and the professional and research communities concerned with Urbanism.

The chair will be dedicated to the following key aspects of education and research:

  • The analysis and definition of needs and principles of residential conditions - including the research on anonymous architecture and referring to the complexity of Roland Rainer's notion of architecture.
  • The development of urban visions, which address issues of contemporary society and contribute to position architecture and urban planning within a wider political, economic and ecological framework.
  • The reflection of Roland Rainer's built and written oeuvre in its historical context, its meaning and implication and consequences for the contemporary discourse and its future development.

Preferred qualifications:
Applicants should be knowledgeable about Roland Rainer's body of thought and work. Their teaching and research work at the IKA should relate to the platforms of GEOGRAPHY LANDSCAPE CITIES and ECOLOGY SUSTAINABILITY CONSERVATION.

  • The applicant must be a qualified architect or urban planner or have equivalent expertise in a related field;
  • proof of international achievements through design and/or building practice in the fields;
  • proof of teaching qualifications and academic experience;
  • leadership skills and willingness to participate in university debates;
  • Language: German and English

The duties cover teaching at least 12 units a week integrated in the curriculum of the IKA.

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna intends to increase the number of women in all areas of staff, particularly in managerial, scientific and artistic staff positions. Therefore, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna greatly encourages qualified women to apply. In the event that several applicants are equally qualified, women will be the preferred candidates. The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is committed to implementing anti-discriminatory measures in its personnel policies. Applicants will not be reimbursed for travelling and accommodation expenses incurred as a result of their participation in the application process.