PhD Position: Production of Form in Architecture

Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway

Job description

PhD position on the topic: Production of Form in Architecture

A PhD position within the field of Architectural Theory is available at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) on the general topic: The Production of Form in Architecture.

Research project description

Form is one of the core themes of architectural theory. Ever since Leon Battista Alberti’s discussion of lineamenta and subsequent Renaissance theoretization of disegno, the concept of form has never ceased to be in the centre of discussions among architectural theorists—in modern times, one can mention as examples the theoretical works of Peter Eisenman or the debate about aesthetic formalism in architecture. Since the second half of the twentieth century and the contributions by Ernst Gombrich, Christian Norberg-Schulz, and Rudolf Arnheim, the problem of form has been often approached in relation to the theories of vision. These theories have undergone major developments in recent decades, because of debates about non-conceptual content in the philosophy of perception and the impenetrability of vision in psychology. At the same time, the content and function of the concepts of form in architectural theory and research are often at variance with those employed in the practical production of form. The project proposal should address these problems theoretically as well as through the discussion of concrete architectural projects.

This call asks for the submission of proposals for a research project that will lead to a final doctoral dissertation. The topic of the project should place its outcome within the field of enquiry defined by the problem of architectural form in relation to architectural design process and the compositional, spatial, and aesthetic complexities that it has to resolve.

Conditions of appointment

PhD Candidate is remunerated in code 1017, and is normally remunerated at wage level 50. There will be 2% deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

Engagement as a PhD candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant, and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the announced position is to obtain a PhD degree.

The applicant will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicant’s plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement. The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants.

The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age, and gender.

The candidate may be expected to reside in Trondheim during the appointment.

According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.

For further information see NTNU web site at

How to apply

Applicants must apply within December 21, 2017 via please mark the application with 17/35358.