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PhD scholarship in the project: “Responsible Consumption and Production”

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, posts vacant PhD scholarship in the project: “Responsible Consumption and Production”

Application deadline: 06/05/2019

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The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, posts vacant PhD scholarship   The PhD scholarship is posted in the following project:  “RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION”    

KADK’s Institute for Architecture and Technology (IBT) is looking for applications for a new PhD position in Responsible Consumption and Production. The PhD will be situated at the institute’s research centre CITA (Centre for IT and Architecture) and supervised by Prof. Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen.  

PhD focus  
The PhD’s focus lies with the UN sustainability goal #12 Responsible Consumption and Production. By questioning the tools for design and representation, we ask how architects can become part of a discussion on the foundations of material practices of architecture. What is the material of a future architecture, how can one/we rethink practices of standardisation and mass-production and how does a rethinking of materiality and design challenge, what architecture can be?    

Research location  
The position will be situated at CITA as part of the IBT institute. With a focus on design, advanced computational modelling and digital fabrication, the PhD will expect to explore questions of methodology and practice.     The PhD will be associated with the UIA2023Cph. research network. The UIA2023Cph. research network is supporting the UIA (Union Internationale des Architectes) world conference “Sustainable Futures” which is to be held in Copenhagen in 2023. The network will provide a research study framework, structured around research led workshop seminars and common colloquia. The PhD student is expected to take part in and support these events.    

Center for Information Technology and Architecture  
CITA is an innovative research environment at KADK that explores the intersections emerging between architecture and digital technologies. By exploring central research questions of how space and technology affect one another, CITA aims to identify how the current emergence of a digital practice impacts architectural thinking and design. CITA places special focus on the use of IT as a tool for the design, production and communication of architecture with particular attention placed on material performance. CITA employs a practice based research method focussing on design-led physical experimentation and full scale prototyping. The physical experiments act as material research inquiries by which the concepts and technologies of the investigations are tested and evaluated. The center has an international profile, extensive experience of running funded research projects and has initiated numerous international collaborations, exhibitions, conference presentations and workshop exchanges.    

CITA is headed by Professor Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, PhD, and is further staffed by 3 associate professors, 1 post doc, 4 PhD students and 3 research assistants. For more information please see: https://kadk.dk/CITA.    

Researcher’s eligibility criteria  
A master’s degree in architecture or other degree of equivalent relevancy is required. Mature skills in appropriate computational modelling and programming are expected and must be demonstrated in the application.    

Terms of employment  
Enrolment takes place with a view to obtain a PhD degree, and leads to salaried employment for a period of three years in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, AC, protocol on graduate fellowships (annex 5). The salary consists of a seniority-based base salary and a non-pensionable allowance.    

The PhD Program is structured under the provisions of Ministerial Order on the PhD Program at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (PhD Order) no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 issued by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education regarding PhD programs and PhD degrees. This executive order is available on the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture’s website (https://kadk.dk/en/regulatory-basis).    

If you have completed a degree abroad, it will be assessed by the Danish Agency for International Education before employment can take place. Practical information can be found at http://ufm.dk/en/education-and-institutions/recognition-and-transparency/recognition-guide.    

Application requirements  
There are no application forms. Applications must be written in English and submitted as one pdf-file by clicking the link in the call. Please upload a blank page, if you are asked to upload more than one document  

Applications must include:  
-A reflection on the stated architectural aims of the project in the form of proposed theoretical orientations, comparison to existing research, preliminary syllabus and a proposal of the principle methods to be employed in project development (max. 5 regular standard pages).  
-Documentation of educational merits, other qualifications and previous activities.  
-A list of published papers/publications (if applicable).  
-A list of anticipated publications and dissemination venues for the project.  
-A portfolio of previous works and studies completed.    

Please submit applications following the link below no later than May 6, 2019 at 12.00 noon Danish time.  

For further information about the application requirements, please contact Ditte Dahl at +45 4170 1532 or ditte.dahl@kadk.dk.    

Anyone who meets the requirement of an academic degree at a graduate level is encouraged to apply for the scholarship regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnicity.    


Read the job description at the university homepage

About KADK  
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) is an internationally recognised academy of arts, which educates professionally creative graduates to the highest level, and develops new knowledge that creates value to society and the labour market. KADK is a government institution under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, and it has approx. 1,700 students and 350 full-time staff equivalents. Read more about KADK at our website www.kadk.dk.  

Post expires on Monday May 6th, 2019