Professor of Architecture and Urban Design

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich


Professor of Architecture and Urban Design


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The Department of Architecture ( at ETH Zurich invites applications for the above-mentioned position. The professorship is located at the Institute for Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS).


The future professor imparts students with the competency to conceptualise urban design tasks within their historic, cultural, and social contexts, and to meet these challenges with sophisticated spatial strategies and designs. She or he offers an urban design lecture for students in the Bachelor’s degree programme and design courses for students in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes (incl. master’s thesis supervision). The professor will be expected to supervise doctoral students, engage with continuing education programmes, and collaborate with chairs among the department. A particular focus in teaching and research is the development of spatial design methods and knowledge, and their translation into urban design practices. The language of instruction of undergraduate level courses (Bachelor’s degree course) should be German and of graduate level courses (Master’s degree course) German or English.


Successful applicants are internationally acclaimed with an acknowledged position in urban design practice and a significant contribution to the current discourse. They demonstrate a multiscalar, interdisciplinary and historically founded approach to urban design. They have knowledge on the contemporary (European) metropolis and the territorial dimension of urbanisation, the capacity to situate their own approach within wider urban design culture, and the ability to integrate issues of governance. Additional qualifications include a degree in architecture, urbanism or in a related field and experience, both in research and teaching in the academic context (bachelor and master) and in international collaborations. A strong interest in collaboration with colleagues within the Institute for Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS) is expected. Responsible leadership of a group of employees and the commitment to help develop the Department of Architecture beyond the boundaries of the own field of expertise are expected.


Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a project list, a statement of future research and teaching interests, and a description of the three most important achievements. The letter of application should be addressed to the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2019. ETH Zurich is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer, strives to increase the number of women professors, and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


* ETH Zurich emphasises qualitative assessment of academic accomplishments. This is why you are kindly asked to submit a short description of your three most important achievements (maximum a half page each). Besides research findings, these could also be extraordinary achievements in teaching and its further development, services in the benefit of the academic community or society, software development, patents, knowledge transfer and its practical application, spin-off companies or similar.

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