Phd fellowship in cultural environments

Application deadline 16 April 2018

Aarhus School of Architecture invites applications for a three-year PhD fellowship with the theme Strategies of Transformation of Cultural Environments in connection with the research project Screening af Danmarks Kulturmiljøer (Screening the Cultural Environments of Denmark). The PhD project should help rethink the local narratives and potentials of cultural environments. Working together with municipalities, citizens and local actors, the project should develop strategies of architectural transformation that activate the values ​​of cultural environments and their potentials in tourism, habitation, business and industry, and cultural dissemination. The strategies should relate to best practice in the area and should be developed as prototypes or physical interventions that can be realised in selected cultural environments. The project is to be based on the research by design method.

As mentioned, the PhD project will be part of Screening the Cultural Environments of Denmark – a project supported by Realdania. This project maps cultural environments in 30 municipalities according to a method called Screening af Kulturmiljøer (SAK) (Screening Cultural Environments) developed by Aarhus School of Architecture. The method is a tool for evaluating cultural environments based on readable parameters that make visible the values, properties, and development potentials of heritage. The aim is to create new opportunities and initiatives by strengthening the strategic work of preserving cultural environments through development. Screening the Cultural Environments of Denmark will support the PhD project by providing knowledge of cultural environments, methods and contacts.

The position

The position requires enrolment in the PhD School with a view to acquiring a PhD degree in architecture. The PhD programme is a three-year scientific course of study. The position also involves teaching and dissemination. These activities will be connected with the research project.

The position is open from 1 August 2018. Remuneration will be in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC-fællesoverenskomsten).

Requirements for applicants and applications

Aarhus School of Architecture is looking for PhD fellows with relevant academic backgrounds on the Master’s level.

You apply by filling in the application form at the below link. You will be required to upload an application, which must contain a project description relating to the academic field described above. The project description should include a motivation describing how you expect to work with the project, a description of the studio’s methodical approach, a summary timetable and reflections on the expected outcome of the studio. The total length of the application must not exceed six pages (A4).

You also have to upload the following:

  • A copy of your certificate for the exams you have passed on the master’s level
  • A CV, including a list of publications, if relevant
  • A portfolio (no more than 20 MB)

All uploaded documents must be marked ”2313-2-18”.

Your name, address, email address and the title of the position you apply for must be stated on the first page of the application.



Applications must be sent digitally (as PDFs). The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 16 April 2018 (CET)