28/04/2017

PhD Fellowship


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Architecture
    Engineering
    History
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    30/06/2017 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Brussels
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/09/2017

This doctoral research is part of the project Collaboration and exchange between architects, engineers, contractors and industries in building in Belgium (1870-2015): lessons from the past and emerging collaborative approaches and constitutes its major research activity.

The research aims at identifying and evaluating the profiles, roles, ambitions and ideals of the professional “builders” in Belgium (1870-2015) in order to develop a comprehensive approach to Belgian construction history. By a persistent exchange between today’s stakeholders and historic research, the shifts and importance of the main themes of research will be tested in the contemporary context (2000-2019) by means of seminars (focusing on: schooling and training; collaboration today), aiming at an in-depth understanding of the historical issues, but also at an informed debate on collaboration challenges in building today, identifying the emerging roles of “builders” and the possible trends. The project builds on contemporary strands in the historiography of construction and architecture, which consider the built environment as a product of various modes of production, moving beyond a designer-centred history. The PhD research will deal with the period (1870-2015).

The central hypothesis of the PhD study is that the stress that is put today on integrated approaches in design and construction, involving different professionals at early stages of a project, has a long history influenced by the changing technological, economical and disciplinebound constraints of building. Evolutions and moments of crisis in these constraints have affected the modes of collaboration, and with it, design and construction methods. With its focus on the actors of building and their interactions, the research will explore the changing realities of know-how and employment of the different professional groups and engage in an alternative history of building in which the built environment is considered as a shared product of professional exchanges between architects, engineers, contractors and the industries.

The study will explore the structures and causes that have shaped the professional profiles of these actors in Belgian construction history and will critically assess effects of changes in theseprofiles by focusing on collaborations and exchanges between a broad variety of building professionals. Typically, the composition of the design and study offices of architects, engineers and contractors has changed over time, embedding complementary knowledge in the basic functioning of these offices. The research will focus on a selection of these actors and their production, as well as on the external motors of change that have shaped the nature of these actors.

Benefits

Fellowship about 1800€/month (netto). 2 year fellowship subjected to assessment for renewal.

Selection process

Please send your application files containing:

- a motivation letter

- a CV, highlighting the relevant expertise and experience

- transcript of records

Send you files by 30th June 12PM to Rika.Devos@ulb.ac.be.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed within the next 2 weeks.

 

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Architecture: Master Degree or equivalent
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    History: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    FRENCH: Good
    DUTCH: Good
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Considering the intersdisciplinary character of the research, candidates with a master degree in architecture, architectural engineering or history are invited to apply particularly if they can demonstrate interest and skills towards history of architecture and construction in Belgium. 

 

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Belgium
Brussels
1050
50 Roosevelt Ave - box 194/2

EURAXESS offer ID: 213088