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Assistant professor in architecture and interior history at Institute of Architecture and Design, KADK and Centre for Privacy Studies.

Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur, Design og Konservering


Assistant professor in architecture and interior history at KADK and Centre for Privacy Studies.

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) invites applications for a 4 years’ full-time position as an assistant professor with special focus on architecture and interior history, including the development of privacy in early modern architecture.

The position contains two equally important assignments: 1) research at Centre for Privacy Studies (PRIVACY) which is placed at the University of Copenhagen and 2) teaching at KADK. The position is affiliated with the Institute of Architecture and Design (IAD) at KADK where the teaching is primarily placed.
The distribution between the two assignments is 50/50.

The position should be filled per September 1, 2019 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Institute of Architecture and Design (IAD)
Institute of Architecture and Design is a cross disciplinary teaching and research environment including both architecture and design students. With point of departure in the Danish tradition for working with design in a spatial and architectural context, it is the institute’s ambition to develop new agendas concerning business areas and fields of competences for architects and designers. Sustainability and social conscience are central within the teaching and research at the institute.

The institute consists of three bachelor programs and four master programs constituting the framework around teaching and research including both designers, architects and scholars from humanities. The teaching and the research focus on architecture, entrepreneurship, spatial and interior design, furniture design, textile design and fashion design. In addition, the institute runs a department for ceramics and glass at Bornholm (one of the bachelor programs), workshops at the School of Design and the IT teaching facilities of the School of Architecture.

PRIVACY was launched in the autumn of 2017 under the direction of Professor Mette Birkedal Bruun. It is funded by the Danish National Research Foundation and runs for six years with the possibility of a four-year extension. It is hosted by the Department of Church His­tory at the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, in association with the Faculty of Law, Uni­versity of Copenhagen and KADK (See description of the institutions below).

The PRIVACY research team currently consists of six postdocs and three PhD-students as well as affiliated and visiting scholars.

PRIVACY is dedicated to interdisciplinary and collaborative research into notions of privacy in Early Mod­ern Europe. It focuses on eleven cases from Denmark, England, France, Germany and the Netherlands in the period 1500–1800. The collaborative programme is driven by an integrated interdisciplinary approach in which a team of schol­ars collaborate, challenge and inspire each other in a joint pursuit of the legislative, religious, social, cultural and architectural aspects of a common set of cases. Shared re­sponsibil­ity across aca­demic hierarchies is a token of PRIVACY’s vision for in­teractive research education.

The aim of PRIVACY is to develop 1) systematized historical knowledge of dynamics that shape, induce or curb privacy in society; 2) an interdisciplinary method equipped to grasp such dy­namics; and 3) a strong and vibrant international research environment dedicated to high-profile historical research and equipped to incite a much broader investigation of privacy.

PRIVACY’s scholarly potency stems from its site-based interdisci­plinary analysis. Across eleven cases the research team will trawl Early Modern material: let­ters, laws, political manuals, newspa­pers, sermons, vis­ual representations, architectural drawings, buildings, diaries, contracts, commu­nity records etc. for no­tions of privacy, analysing the deployment of words with the root ‘priv-': in privato, privy, Privat-(per­son/andacht etc.), privauté etc. as well as bounda­ries drawn in relation to, e.g., confidentiality, security, family, body, self. The research programme is based on a joint interdisciplinary focus on, e.g., legislative thresholds between home and com­munity; de­crees regarding individ­uals’ bodies, e.g., during epidemics, or the idea of the household’s (oeco­no­mia) impact on civic well-being (politia); ecclesiastical and politi­cal power over ‘hereti­cal’ mind­sets; and architectural demarcation of the household in the community and the individuals’ place in a household.

Scholars funded by PRIVACY are required to join two or more case-teams. The scholars recruited in this round will be required to work on the German cases, just as we invite applications focusing on the cases of La Rochelle, Chatsworth, Glasgow and Arc-et-Senans.

For further description of the project and the eleven cases, please visit the project homepage:

Institutions connected to Centre for Privacy Studies besides KADK
The Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen. The Faculty is non-confessional. Its research covers Biblical Studies, Church History and Systematic Theology as well as Quranic Studies, Jewish Studies and African Studies. The Faculty is home to a number of high-profile international interdisci­plinary research projects. PRIVACY is associated with the Department of Church History which has a strong Early Modern research focus.

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. The Faculty of Law works towards cre­ating greater knowledge of national and international law. Through a research-based education the Fac­ulty ensures that its legal graduates have the skills needed to analyse and contribute to interdisciplinary and problem-oriented tasks in private and public sectors at home and abroad. The Faculty offers a strong inter­national environment.

About the position
The position as an assistant professor will consist in scientific research, teaching and administrative work.

Your tasks will include, among others:

  • Teaching, teaching planning and related administration in connection with KADK's programmes and interdisciplinary teaching, including teaching at the institute’s programmes with special focus on architecture, spatial and interior design, furniture design and entrepreneurship.
  • Teaching and supervision in relation to theoretical assignments.
  • Examination and external examination as well as subject-related assessment work.
  • Research at Centre for Privacy Studies.
  • Visionary and productive teamwork in the planning of future research and development projects, including active participation in application for external funding and fundraising.
  • Participation in a number of KADK's committees and possibly in collegiate bodies.

You will also be expected to participate in interdisciplinary teaching and research in collaboration with KADK's other institutes and staff, including by contributing to content and development of the interdisciplinary teaching of common core subjects at KADK, and possibly in other tasks.

The ideal candidate has experience in teaching within the broader field related to the programmes at the institute. Your teaching will focus on mainly spatial and interior design on both bachelor and master level and include project based tutorials in studio and more theoretical teaching, for instance in academic writing.

Teaching within other fields at Institute of Architecture and Design such as furniture design and architecture can also occur.

You have a relevant education at Master's degree level as a minimum and a PhD degree within the field of architecture or similar. The ideal applicant has a research profile within history of architecture and interior combined with knowledge about the architectural profession and experience from a design practice. In addition, we expect:

  • Experience with processes and methods within the field of architectural design.
  • Experience with research within history of architecture and theories.
  • General experience with teaching at bachelor and master level at a school of architecture.
  • Specific experience with project based teaching within one or more of the Institute of Architecture. and Design’s fields: architecture, spatial and interior design, furniture design and entrepreneurship.
Relevant research experiences related to interdisciplinary schol­arship and academic collaboration will be considered a qualification.

The research language of PRIVACY is English. The research team work on sources in English, French, German, Danish, Dutch, Latin, Portuguese and Classical Greek.

Specialist knowledge of Early Modern culture is important; just as vital is, however, readiness to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration on a broad array of different sources and the ability to work in a team to­wards an inte­grated methodology for interdisciplinary privacy studies.

Interest in contributing to the research-based teaching at the institute in collaboration with other teachers is important too. A qualified effort within development of teaching is an overall important parameter when assessing the applicants.

What we offer
We offer a creative, dedicated, developing and visionary educational and research environment. The job involves a high degree of responsibility, contributory influence and the opportunity to leave your mark on research and teaching. We value good collegial collaboration with room for mutual inspiration and professional discussion.

As assistant professor you will be supervised by professor Peter Thule Kristensen who is KADK’s core scholar in Centre for Privacy Studies ad who is in charge of IAD’s master program Spatial Design. In addition, you will be offered professional postgraduate teacher training (”pædagogikum”) which is needed at Danish universities in order to apply for a position as associate professor.

At KADK you will work in a dynamic teaching environment at an institute with architecture- and design students from different fields. At PRIVACY you will contribute to the scholarly fusion of architecture, theology, law and history. All members of the PRIVACY research team have office space at the centre. They participate in weekly meetings, field trips and workshops and are required to contribute to joint publications and publish research on selected cases in international peer-reviewed journals where appropriate.

Recruitment seminar at PRIVACY
A recruitment seminar will take place in Copenhagen 5-6 March 2019. It will involve an introduction to PRIVACY and its research programme as well as a presentation of expectations regarding applications.

The number of participants is restricted. A limited number of bursaries covering trips and accommodation for one night are available. For more information and registration, please see the homepage:

Salary and employment conditions
Employment and remuneration will be in accordance with the agreement in force between the Ministry of Finance and a number of organisations under the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) for academics in public service. It will be possible to negotiate qualification supplements depending on your competences and experience.

Employment will also be in accordance with the applicable job structure for artistic and scientific staff at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Aarhus School of Architecture and Design School Kolding – Executive Order no. 92 of 24 August 2015.

The position is a fixed term position with an average of 37 work hours per week, and it includes research, teaching and administration in a limited extent. The distribution between research and teaching will initially be 50/50. The distribution between the different tasks may vary according to KADK’s requirements, and you may be asked to undertake other official tasks.

The position is limited to a fixed term of four years.

Please forward your motivated application, updated CV, educational diplomas, documentation for compliance with the qualification requirements listed above, a description of your research plans, and a complete list of your published works and copies of the works you would like to emphasis (however, max. five works). Finally, you should enclose material that can shed light on your teaching qualifications. Any former assistant professor assessment(s) should also be enclosed. The application and other material must be in English.

The application with appertaining appendices should be forwarded electronically via the button 'Søg stillingen' (Apply for position) below, to reach KADK no later than April 15, 2019 at 12:00 noon.

Supporting appendix material that cannot be forwarded electronically with the application should be forwarded by mail in four copies to reach KADK before the application deadline at the address below:

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation

Attn.: HR

Philip de Langes Allé 10

DK-1435 Copenhagen K

Marked: Assistant professor (PRIVACY)

Applications and application material received after the application deadline will not be included in the assessment.

Please note that the position is being advertised and will be filled in accordance with the Danish Ministry of Culture's 'Executive Order no. 1208 of 12 October 2010 on the employment of artistic/scientific staff at certain educational institutions under the Ministry of Culture'.

Recruitment process
After the application deadline, the Director of Centre for Privacy Studies selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. This selection is based on the applicants’ educational qualifications, the quality of the submitted research proposal and its relevance to the research agenda of the centre as well as other relevant qualifications. All applicants are immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment.

The applications accepted for assessment will be assessed by an interdisciplinary committee, comprising expertise in the relevant fields. When the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the assessment. A number of qualified candidates will be selected for a job interview in Copenhagen.

The assessment committee is:
Mette Birkedal Bruun, professor, University of Copenhagen
Peter Thule Kristensen, professor, KADK
Helle Vogt, professor, University of Copenhagen

Praktisk information
Undervisning og pædagogik,
Forskning og udvikling