Anforderungsprofil – Stiftungsgastprofessur 2021

KTH & TU Wien Joint Visiting Professorship  Program in Urban Studies 2021

Beginning October 1, 2020, a temporary one-year position for a Visiting Professor in Urban Studies is available at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Department of Spatial Planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at TU Wien. The Visiting Professorship Program is a joint initiative of the Centre for the Future of Places at KTH Royal Institute of Stockholm (Sweden) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space at TU Wien (Austria). The academic team will work on the annual theme of 2021, “Urban Generations: Public Space, Ageing Society and New Health Conditions”, which evolves around features of urban generations. Many cities are characterized by shifting demographic situations and an ageing society, and thus, by socio-spatial phenomena of shrinkage (alongside new growth scenarios influenced by inbound migration). Which spaces of opportunity for self-determined living (housing, public space, public services) do architects, planners and urban designers provide through their work?

Teamwork and innovative spirit

A high degree of motivation and teamwork is expected from the Visiting Professor, who is expected to become involved in changing approaches in innovation-oriented teaching and research. The Visiting Professor will be present during three weekly visits to Vienna per semester as well as approximately 10 days attendance during a Special Academic Event (e.g., workshop, symposium, summer school or similar). English is the common working language, and knowledge of German is helpful. Experience in the field of co-teaching is strongly valued. The Visiting Professor will work in team-based cooperation with the Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space on the annual program for 2021, which will reflect his/her research interests, curriculum, and networking activities. In cooperation with the local team s/he will curate a special academic event, the format of which is flexible. After completion of each academic year, s/he will actively contribute to publishing a journal special issue (peer reviewed, open access) with the Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space that corresponds to the annual theme. Participation in a joint KTH + TU Wien book publication project is expected. A session at a relevant annual meeting (e.g., AESOP, AAG, Eura, etc.) will be jointly initiated and carried out, completing the spectrum of activities in the area of academic networking at the international level.

Brief description of the position

The Professor should have a particularly strong reputation working in the fields of urban studies. S/he should

– be a renowned scientist who already holds or has held a professor or associate professor elsewhere and, in addition to a doctorate, has experience supervising doctoral students,


– a renowned expert in urban research, urban planning, or urban design whose range of experience is in one of these fields or at their interface. Ideally this person has previously hold a (guest) professorship, as relevant experience supervising doctoral students is expected.

Expanded description of the position

The presence of the Visiting Professor in the winter and summer semesters of 2020/21 is of extreme importance. The required three hours of teaching per week during each semester will be dedicated to Master- or Phd Courses in planning and architecture studies (research-based teaching). During the three intensive teaching weeks the Visiting Professor will bring his/her special perspective, with the focus on 2021‘s theme to research projects and courses and thus is largely responsible for the joint design of the year’s content. Further activities of the Visiting Professor are the approximately ten-day curating activity of the annual special event and the engaged work on the final publications. Both activities are carried out in close cooperation with the Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space. An active exchange with colleauges’ from KTH’s Centre for the Future of Places’ staff will be facilitated. While working on the joint publications, it is imperative to participate in online conversations, and to be willing to communicate continuously by telephone and email over the course of the year, and also after completion of the academic year. As part of academic networking, TU Wien encourages the Visiting Professor to work with the team of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space to engage in professional debate at the international level. At least one public lecture at the TU Wien relating to the year’s theme is expected. To the Call for Expressions of Interest.