Faculty Position in History and Theory of Architecture (Digital Turn)

EPFL’s School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) invites applications for a Faculty position in History and Theory of Architecture. The position is ordinarily open at the levels of Associate Professor or Full Professor.

The Institute of Architecture and the City (IA) is hiring a professor in the area of History and Theory of Architecture to address the systemic challenges posed by the continued climate crisis, rapid urbanization, digitalization of our society, and the threat of collapsing eco-systems. Architecture must acquire an insightful understanding of its mission as transformed and transforming disciplines with the ability and responsibility to bring up coherent, progressive and inclusive visions and solutions for our present, operating as socio-ecological catalysts within the digital and ecological transition that is vital for life on earth.

For the new Professor in History and Theory of Architecture, we intend to hire an internationally outstanding architectural historian and theoretician, with a particular research interests in the digital turn. The new professor should bring the necessary intellectual and cultural background and agenda to contextualize the historical transition of architecture, cities and the built and living environments, from the industrial age into the digital age, and provide critical and conceptual support for design across the entire institute.

The position is open to an established theoretician at Full Professor level, or renowned scholars with a publication track record at Associate Professor level. Exceptionally young rising scholars pursuing original research perspectives, can be considered at Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) level. The appointee should have an outstanding record of pedagogic experience in architectural history and theory, a proven capacity and interest for theorizing the digital turn, and a leading and innovative research agenda.

The Institute of Architecture and the City at ENAC EPFL is an internationally leading institution in architecture, urban /territorial design and home of one of the three university level architecture schools in Switzerland. With its main campus located in Lausanne and its developing antennae in neighbouring cantons in Switzerland, EPFL is a growing and well-funded institution fostering excellence and diversity. It is well equipped with experimental and computational infrastructure, and offers a fertile environment for research collaboration between different disciplines. The EPFL environment is multilingual and multicultural, with English serving as a common interface. EPFL offers internationally competitive start-up resources, salaries, and benefits.

The following documents are requested in PDF format: cover letter including a statement of motivation, curriculum vitae, publications list, concise statements of research and teaching interests (3-5 pages) as well as the names and addresses, including emails, of at least five references (who may be contacted at a later stage). Applications should be uploaded to the EPFL recruitment web site:


Formal evaluation of the applications will begin on
March 15, 2021 and the search will continue until the position is filled.

Further enquiries should be made to the Chair of the Search Committee:
Prof. Jeffrey Huang
Chair of the Search Committee
e-mail: [email protected]

For additional information on EPFL, please consult:
https://www.epfl.ch or https://enac.epfl.ch

EPFL is an equal opportunity employer and a family friendly university, committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, and strongly encourages women to apply.