VACANCY AT BERGEN SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
Bergen School of Architecture (BAS) is happy to announce that we are in search of interested and engaged teachers for two new four year fixed term positions. We need teachers with competence equal to professor or associate professor that are experienced, committed and explorative in their perspectives within theory, history and engineering.
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We look for active practitioners with teaching experience and with an urge to explore the fields of architecture and planning in investigative teaching together with the students and fellow teachers at BAS. Each teacher is to influence the curriculum with their approach, as part of a collegium practicing a constant debate, finding a path for the considerate changes of the education. We are small, we have a history to treasure and we have a will to evolve together with each new voice.
Through the new positions, we seek new teachers with competence equal to professor or associate professor that are experienced, committed and explorative in their perspectives within theory, history and engineering.
SITUATING TEACHING AT BAS
Bergen School of Architecture is a private University College which offers an accredited study in Architecture with a scope of 300 ECTS credits. The degree Master in Architecture is awarded by completion of the 5-year professional study. The school has about 150 students and admit 30 new students every year for 1st year and about 20 more for Erasmus exchange and others for start in the 4th year of the master-program. Our students are engaged in their teaching environment, pursue initiatives and are committed and hardworking throughout their study.
While the three first years are mainly taught in Norwegian, the two last years are entirely taught in English. Both English and Scandinavian are working languages. The new teachers can expect to relate to both bachelor and master level.
The school is situated in a fodder factory from 1958 and students and teachers at the school must be able to adapt to unconventional settings and challenging physical conditions. The premise provides a location with a huge freedom to facilitate initiatives in large and unconventional spaces, find room for activities, and provide extensive workshop facilities and splendid views overlooking a historic neighbourhood and development areas. The big landscape with mountains and sea is all in vicinity.
As a teacher at BAS you will be part of an international pool of architects, artists, engineers and researchers from social and physical sciences teaching specific projects or appointed for various fixed term positions. In an average year, we enrol about 30 teachers engaged for smaller and bigger teaching modules.
The contracted teachers must expect to take on study-administrative tasks according to need and relevant regulations. This includes possible participation in the study quality committee, regular teacher meetings, the board and the admission processes. In addition to scientific and academic qualifications the appointment procedure will also take into account past practical experience along with administrative and other qualifying experience.
Salary will be set according to the state regulative based on qualifications/experience.
Applicants for this position should familiarize themselves with the following regulations and guidelines:
Regulations on appointments and promotion in teaching and research positions (in Norwegian only): http://www.lovdata.no/for/sf/kd/xd-20060209-0129.html
Guidelines available for the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions [in Norwegian only): http://www.uhr.no/ressurser/veiledninger/opprykksordninger
BAS wants its permanent staff to reflect the diversity of the demographics in society. We strive for a gender balance in our teaching staff and encourages females to apply for the positions.
Bergen School of Architecture was founded in 1986 based on the architectural approach of Open Form, as formulated by Oscar Hansen at the Warsaw Academy of Arts and developed in
Norway by his student and the school’s founder, Svein Hatløy. Open Form is open in the sense of allowing and enabling open and participatory architecture. It is also open in the sense that individuals are given the opportunity to create their own situations and their own continuations.
The concept of Sustainable was introduced as a common theme for all teaching in the 2009 strategic plan. For BAS it is important to challenge the sustainability discourse relating to needs, historical contexts, the natural environment, resources, energy and climate, while promoting and supporting a notion of sustainability that is more strongly rooted in the needs of society.
Some years ago, the diploma exhibition was titled UTVIDA RØYND, meaning extended experiences and extended realities. These two meanings correlate well with the ambience we strive to sustain in our teaching at BAS. We commit to shape a study that challenges the students through inquiries, agencies and actions that provides experiences and question discourse. The students engage with relevant situations in collaborations with various stakeholders within society, management, research, planning and construction. Essential parts of our study is situated in the field. We engage with the landscape and the settlements through a mixture of analysis, 1:1 implementations and practical work. The school initiates real, experimental building projects, on site, meant to last. Through these approaches, we commit to be a relevant and experimental part of the profession that elaborates on materials, constructions, use of resources, critical thinking and socio-spatial attitudes.
Teachers at BAS assign to teach and build up courses. We encourage explorative teaching with a research focus, critically engaging in relevant subjects in society. We engage in collaborations with various stakeholders, where challenges are addressed and try to find platforms for funding that can take the projects from ideas to a broader discussion in the public realm through exhibitions, publications, realizations or other means.
For further info on strategic direction and details on teaching approach we refer to the strategy plan, found in English and Norwegian translation on our web page.
FRAMING THE POSITION
The positions require that the candidates hold a high professional level in theory or engineering and are able to contextualize this in relation to architecture, planning, and artistic expressions. We look for teachers who see potential in exploring situations, have experience in analytical work and can document relevant practical-pedagogical competence grounded in education or teaching.
While the two last years of the study are taught in English, we also depend on having some teachers with a local anchoring and a robustness related to Norwegian language and familiarity with the local building conditions amongst our teaching staff. We will therefore ask the candidates to consider in what way they are able to engage within our situated discourse.
The new positions require competence equal to professor or associate professor. BAS will conduct an assessment for the relevant candidates based on documented practice, academic and artistic production for relevant applicants who have not already been awarded their competence. Documented competence in relevant educational theory and practice from teaching and tutoring is required. Alternatively, necessary pedagogic training must be conducted alongside the preliminary teaching at BAS. At BAS no teachers should work more than 50% at the school to allow the practice to inform the relevance of the teaching. The attitudes and approaches in your practice therefore represent an important asset in your teaching.
The vacancies available are 30% or 50% positions, and fixed for 4 years with the option of extending the contract for a further period. Depending on the overall competence and teaching capacity of the candidate, the school will be in dialogue with the relevant applicants to decide if the position should be 30- or 50%.
Engineering and Technology (TTA)
A 30%/ 50% position for an engaged practitioner to teach within the fields of building statics and building physics.
We are looking for a candidate that can strengthen the schools teaching in the fields of building statics and building physics. We are looking for applicants with knowledge concerning building in the context of the Norwegian west coast and an interest in developing sustainable architecture with experience in low energy building technology.
You will be an essential voice within the teaching section referred to as TTA (technology, technique and administration), but this focus is to be in close dialogue with courses and focuses taught in APP (architecture, planning and projecting), DAV (The other world/artistic approaches) and KTF (complementary theoretical subjects).
We invite the new position to contribute within a school grounded on attitudes of Open Form and sustainability and are curious to how you wish to engage this discourse as part of the teaching.
The person holding this position should expect to teach in all the five years of our study, including diploma, and should be prepared to carry through planning and teaching of shorter independent courses as well as working in teams with other teachers in various modules.
Work experience in inter-disciplinary collaborations and former experience in teaching collaborations should be mentioned and will be an important grounding of the position where much of the teaching is project based and done in teacher teams.
Our students engage the TTA field both through visual structural assignments, in projecting and through design-and build courses. The school has a longstanding engagement in
vernacular architecture and its relation to landscape and resources. In addition, we are engaged in various wooden initiatives and we are curious to how your experience and explorations can contribute to develop these fields. We are also curious to how you see the potential in anchoring your teaching to our workshops and how this can contribute to develop our digital tools and training.
We are open to applicants from a wide range of fields and backgrounds, and are eager to hear how you consider your field of interest to align with and/or challenge the teaching and grounding of BAS. We also want you to reflect on how your field of practice is to inform your teaching approaches.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APPLICATIONS
A letter of intent
- Describe how you would translate what we look for related to your experience and field of interest for the specific position you apply for.
- Describe how your practice can inform your teaching. We are interested in how you have bridged your interest field with teaching in the past and thoughts on how your engagement should be accomplished into the teaching at BAS.
- We would like to know how you like to work and what collaborations you have taken part in that you find relevant to mention in this application.
An extensive documentation of architectural/ artistic/ scientific / educational works
- A documentation of works/ list of works. The works may be architectural engineering, artistic, scientific, pedagogical development works or other relevant work. Must contain a description of the applicant’s role in the projects.
- A thorough representation of 10 selected works (May be sent by post also if the remaining application is submitted digitally).
CV/ Academic CV
- Include praxis, work engagements and teaching experiences.
- Include a lists of architectural/artistic works and/or scientific works and/or pedagogical development or other relevant work.
- The complete list of publications with information on where the work is published.
Certificates and diplomas
Submit reference letters and contact info for minimum two persons from former engagements that the committee might contact.
Applications written in English or Scandinavian languages are accepted, but you should expect the interviews and trial lecture to be held in English.
BAS; firstname.lastname@example.org (mail title: Vacancies BAS + name of applicant) Large attachments can be sent via Wetransfer or similar digital services
Or by regular mail:
Bergen School of Architecture, PO Box 39, 5841 Bergen, Norway
(Please submit 5 copies of your application with attachments)
The school will appoint two committees that will go through the applications; one internal group with teacher-, student- and management representatives that will look at all applications for a first selection. The selected candidates will then face a second evaluation by the external qualification committee that will assess candidates for professor or associate professor competence. In last round, selected applicants will be invited for an interview and trial lecture at the school.
The appointments will be made by the board based on recommendations by the evaluation committees.
Commencement date to be agreed upon between school and candidate. We expect internal process to be finalized before summer 2019 for start-up in autumn 2019.