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2 PhD positions (100%) in architecture / history of architecture

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    Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    23/05/2022 12:00 - Europe/Athens
    Belgium › Bruxelles Bte B3.01.01


We are looking for two candidates for fully funded 4 year PhD positions in the framework of the research project “Pierre Jeanneret, l'architecte et le constructeur”, directed by Professors Giulia Marino (UCLouvain, supervisor) and Veronique Boone (ULB, co-supervisor).The research project aims to produce new and original knowledge on the production and work of the architect Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967). Remarkable both for the coherence of his approach and for the intelligence of the strategies of materialisation deployed, the architect's work is of exceptional scope, carried by an unfailing social commitment on all scales, from furniture to the city. To date, it has not been the subject of an exhaustive investigation.

The research project will investigate two complementary axes that coincide with the chronological division of the architect's career: the period of his collaboration with Le Corbusier (1922-1940), with the dynamics of designing the architectural project as a team, and his activities as an independent architect (1940-1951), raising the issues of the materialisation of modern architecture, through a perfect mastery of construction techniques and the challenges of industrial production. The tools of material history and cultural history will be used to shed light on the complexity of Pierre Jeanneret's work and reveal its richness.

Two successful candidates will be based at UCLouvain and ULB, and respectively address the issues of materialization and the dynamics of the project design process in team. Conducted in parallel and closely linked, they will be supervised by both research directors and guided by a committee of experts during the project, i.e. 4 years (2022-2026).

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Selection process

Candidates should submit the following documents:

  • Motivation letter (in English or French)
  • Curriculum vitae with list of publications if available and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees
  • Copy of the diploma with received note
  • Annexes if relevant (publications, award certificates, dissertations, etc.)

You can apply for this job no later than May, 23, 2022, 12:00, via e-mail: giulia.marino@uclouvain.be

The application must be organised in a clear and structured manner to allow the evaluation of the candidates' commitment and aptitude for research. Illustrating your writing skills by an article or a Master thesis is an asset.

Timing :

  • Call opening and communication: Monday April, 25, 2022
  • Closing of the call: Monday May, 23, 2022, 12:00 (UTC+2)
  • Communication of selected applications (by e-mail): Monday May, 30, 2022
  • Interviews (by videoconference): Thursday June, 2, 9:00-13:00 (UTC+2)
  • Communication of successful candidates: Tuesday June,7, 2022

Offer Requirements

    Architecture: Master Degree or equivalent
    History: Master Degree or equivalent
    Cultural studies: Master Degree or equivalent
    FRENCH: Excellent


We are looking for candidates who excel in their field and who are passionate about architectural research. Eligible candidates are those who have obtained a Master's degree in one of the following fields: architecture, architecture history, architecture-engineering, art history, history or equivalent. They must have distinguished themselves during their academic or professional career.

Applications from young researchers (Master 120+3) are encouraged.

Candidates are asked to prove:

  • A strong interest in and knowledge of the research topic.
  • Mastery of research tools in architectural history, 20th century history and/or the history of construction techniques.
  • An excellent command of French and a good knowledge of English.
  • Ability to independently pursue research, as well as the ability to work in team.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Willingness and ability for international mobility.

Specific Requirements

The successful candidates will be required to:

  • Write a doctoral thesis in the field of 20th century history, including the history of architecture and the history of construction techniques.
  • Realize archival research, unravel sources, conduct interviews.
  • Participate in research seminars and international conferences.
  • Prepare peer-reviewed scholarly publications.
  • Collaborate in the organisation of an international scholarly event.
  • Participate in the activities of the research laboratories of both institutions.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) - Faculté d’architecture, d’ingénierie architecturale, d’urbanisme (LOCI)
Bruxelles Bte B3.01.01
B 1060
Rue Wafelaerts, 47/51
1 position(s) available at
Université libre de Bruxelles - Faculté d'architecture La Cambre-Horta
Place Flagey 19

EURAXESS offer ID: 776952


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