The Disappearance of Robin Hood

Screening and panel discussion on Monday 11 March, 20:00 – 22:00 | Kino Kosmos, Zurich. London, 1972 – the city is growing, and with it the need to house working populations. Post-war values of social welfare make experimenting with new forms of housing possible, ushering in an era of Mehr

Elective course: ACTION! On the Real City – CAMPUS: Sensory Ethnograpgy of Educational Space

On Mondays, 10:00 – 12:00 | ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA E16, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50, 8050 Zurich. Lecturers: Hubert Klumpner with Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou The elective course «Action! On the Real City – CAMPUS: Sensory Ethnography of Educational Space» develops new forms of urban literacy in learning from the complex, Mehr

Lecture courses «Urban Design I/II – Urban Stories» and «Urban Design III/IV – Urban Stories»

On Thursdays 08:00 – 09:30 | ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA E7, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50, 8050 Zurich. How did the cities develop that we live in now? Which urban plans, instruments, visions, political decisions, economic reasonings, cultural inputs and social organization have been used to operate in urban settlements in Mehr

Urban Design I/II + III/IV – Urban Stories

Lecture course on Thursdays, starting 20 September, 8:00–9:30 | ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA E7, Neunbrunnenstr. 50. How did cities develop in the cities we live in now? Which urban plans, instruments, visions, political decisions, economic reasonings, cultural inputs and social organization have been used to operate in urban settlements in specific moments of Mehr

Action! On the Real City: Informal Zürich

Elective course. Ethnographic Filmmaking on the City’s Edges. On Mondays, starting 17 September, 10:00–12:00 | ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA E16, Neunbrunnenstr. 50. Lecturers: Alfredo Brillemboug & Hubert Klumpner with Klearjos Papanicolaou. The elective course «Action! On the Real City – Informal Zürich – Ethnographic Filmmaking on the City’s Edges» develops new forms of Mehr

Urban and Rural Transformations, Addis Ababa, 2016. © Sascha Delz, ETH Zürich.
Urbane und landschaftliche Transformationen, Addis Abeba, 2016. © Sascha Delz, ETH Zürich.

The Doctoral Programme at the ETH Zurich Department of Architecture’s Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS) offers two fellowship positions starting on 1 October 2023. 100%, Zurich-based, fixed-term. Job description

The LUS Doctoral Programme

The Doctoral Programme at the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS), ETH Zurich D-ARCH, focuses on contemporary issues of urban and environmental transformation within their broader socio-cultural, political-economic, and theoretical contexts. The programme seeks to promote critical discourse and to cultivate independent, inventive, and proactive research addressing urgent social and environmental challenges.

The LUS Institute tackles the production of landscape, territory, and human settlements across a range of scales and diverse geographies. Research areas currently in the foreground include studies around landscape and designed ecologies, energy transition, agroecology, hydrology, and regenerative agriculture, adaptive infrastructures, housing, and socio-economic development addressing urban inequality. The geographical focus of the LUS Institute lies mostly within Switzerland, Europe, and across the wider global South.

The doctoral programme at the LUS Institute therefore attempts to bring together the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban and territorial design and planning, and the social sciences. Inter- and transdisciplinary research thus lies at the core of the LUS Institute. It is practiced through a diverse set of methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, ranging from ethnographic research and critical cartography to design-based action research, systems research, and urban theory.

Your Profile

We are seeking individuals with a background in architecture, landscape architecture, urban and territorial design and planning, and social sciences, with strong research or design experience that can benefit from the inter- and transdisciplinary engagements offered by the institute.

You must hold a university diploma or master’s degree obtained at university level (equivalent to the FHEQ-Level 7) in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, and social science, or related fields.

You must additionally demonstrate excellent research and writing skills.

Application

Applications must be addressed to the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies rather than to individual professors. Applicants must note that the application will be solely evaluated for their content and the applicants are thus requested to not contact individual professors before applying.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents by 15 March 2023, 23:59 CET:

  • Letter of motivation (1 page).
  • Outline of the proposed research project (max. 4 pages + max. 3 illustrations + bibliography and project timeline).
  • Curriculum vitae (including publications, portfolio, and work samples, max. 10 pages).
  • Published piece of writing if available (1 text, max. 15 pages)
  • Name, affiliation, and email addresses of 2 referees.

Please note that applications missing any of the documents listed above and/or exceeding specified page limits will not be considered for evaluation.

The programme exclusively accepts application documents submitted through the ETH online application portal. Applications submitted via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the programme, the participating faculty and the application process

Application Timeline

  • 15 March 2023: Submission deadline (23:59 CET).
  • Middle of April 2023: Notification to shortlisted candidates.
  • End of April 2023: Interviews with shortlisted candidates.
  • Beginning of May 2023: Notification to successful applicants.
  • 1 October 2023: Start of programme.

About the Programme

The language of instruction of the doctoral programme is English. With over 25 participants currently enrolled, the LUS Doctoral Programme cultivates both individual research and collective exchange within the doctoral community. These modes of exchange include the LUS methods seminar, institute-wide colloquia, workshops, and doctoral reviews. The LUS Doctoral Programme is part of a larger, highly stimulating environment of doctoral education offered within the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. A close collaboration with the Doctoral Programme in History and Theory of Architecture offered by the gta Institute has been established.

Participating Chairs at the LUS

While an overall alignment between the research proposed by the candidates and the individual and collective research agendas of the participating chairs at the LUS Institute is desirable, candidates are free to apply with an independent research topic. The following seven chairs currently form part of the LUS Institute:

  • Chair of History and Theory of Urban Design, Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete
  • Chair of Architecture and Housing, Prof. Maria Conen
  • Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Dr. Teresa Galí-Izard
  • Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Prof. Hubert Klumpner
  • Chair of Architecture and Urban Transformation, Prof. Freek Persyn
  • Chair of Sociology, Prof. Dr. Christian Schmid
  • Chair of Architecture and Territorial Planning, Prof. Milica Topalovic

Employment, Residence & Funding

The programme offers to fund for only up to three years. You will receive full employment (100% Pensum), based on the ETH Zurich doctoral student contract, with monthly salaries according to the ‘standard rate’. For a detailed calculation of salaries please refer here.

You are required to take up residency in Zurich during the period of the scholarship.

Further Information

Applicants are requested to refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before approaching the programme coordinator. Only for questions that cannot be addressed through the FAQs contact the doctoral programme coordinator Nitin Bathla at bathla@arch.ethz.ch. Requests sent to any other email will not be considered.

FAQ

Reactivate Athens

Kapitalflucht, Verschuldung und Krise haben weltweit sichtbare Narben auf dem Gesicht der gebauten Umwelt der Städte hinterlassen. Im Zentrum Athens sind endemische Leerstände, ein sich verschlechternder Gebäudebestand und ein zersplittertes Stadtgefüge Symptome eines längerfristigen Verfallsprozesses. Mit Unterstützung der Onassis-Stiftung wurde Reactivate Athens als gemeinschaftliche Forschungs- und Entwurfs-Initiative konzipiert, Mehr

Barranquilla

Kultur ist ein wichtiger Bestandteil des städtischen Lebens, doch sind kulturelle Einrichtungen oft auf reichere Distrikte beschränkt. Entwickelt von U-TT in Zusammenarbeit mit einem internationalen Netzwerk von Partnern, wird Fábrica de Cultura: BAQ einen neuen Raum für die Vermittlung von kreativen Künsten und Traditionen rund um den berühmten Mehr

Empower Shack

Während Südafrika in der Regel als Quelle für Stabilität und Wohlstand in seiner Region angesehen wird, leben etwa 7,5 Millionen Menschen in informellen Siedlungen und das Land ist mit einem Wohnraummangel von insgesamt 2,5 Millionen Einheiten konfrontiert. Empower Shack ist ein interdisziplinäres Entwicklungsprojekt, das auf diesem Kontext aufbaut Mehr

Torre David

Bottom-up-Strategien sind eine Möglichkeit, die vorherrschenden städtischen Knappheiten anzugehen. Torre David, ein 45-stöckiges Bürohochhaus in Caracas, war fast fertig, als es nach dem Tod seines Entwerfers und der nationalen Bankenkrise, die 1994 die venezolanische Wirtschaft lahmlegte, aufgegeben wurde. Über ein Jahrzehnt lang vernachlässigt, wurde es 2007 zum improvisierten Mehr