Full Professor in Contemporary Architectural Theory and Criticism

Country: Switzerland;

City: Lugano

Vacancy added: 05.10.2018

Employer: USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Phone and contact person: Arch. Marco Della Torre marco.dellatorre@usi.ch Tel. +41 58 666 5895/5869

Resumes due: 10.11.2018


Full Professor in Contemporary Architectural Theory and Criticism

The Università della Svizzera italiana, Accademia di architettura, is seeking to fill one position as Full Professor in

Contemporary Architectural Theory and Criticism

The professorship lies at the intersection between Architectural Design and Architectural History and Criticism. It represents a scientific approach to architectural criticism that takes into account the multitude of contemporary positions.

Profile of candidate

The candidate must have a degree in architecture, awarded by a Polytechnic institute or a University and attained excellence in teaching, research, and in the area of architectural criticism. He or she should:

  • have either a PhD in architectural theory or a PhD in the history of modern and contemporary architecture as well as experience in setting up and implementing research projects;
  • demonstrate a solid professional experience in architectural theory and criticism;
  • have successfully obtained or intend to apply for third-party funding;
  • previous teaching appointments and lectureships at university level referred to the above mentioned subjects.

Further Requirements:

  • fluency in Italian or English and preferably in one of the other Swiss national languages;
  • the candidate should be capable of interacting with design professors, as well as the professors of the historical-humanistic and of the technical-scientific disciplines.

Job description

The post-holder will be expected to:

  • teach an introductory course on contemporary architectural history and criticism at BSc level, 2-4 MSc courses in criticism, theory and history of contemporary architecture, and the supervision of papers at MSc level. His/her students will be expected to acquire skills in the following areas: 1. critical analysis, evaluation and classification in the context of contemporary architecture and of contemporary positions in architectural theory; 2. project presentation and justification of design choices;
  • supervise doctoral students and to participate in the PhD teaching activities held at the Accademia di architettura. Activities will be carried out in close contact with the Institute for the History and Theory of Art and Architecture (ISA);
  • be willing to participate in the development of the Archivio del Moderno and to collaborate closely with the Design Studios;
  • promote scientific research in the areas of criticism, theory, and history of contemporary architecture, and raise the necessary funds;
  • contribute to developing the Accademia Library’s resources in her/his field of activity;
  • attend the Faculty Board, the Professor Board and other Committee meetings.

Teaching load

Teaching load to be defined in the contract. The successful candidate will be required to participate in exam juries, as well as juries for the design and diploma classes, and internal commissions upon request.

Salary and contract

Salary to be defined according to experience and academic qualifications. Terms and conditions can be found in the University Statutes: Regolamento sulle condizioni generali di lavoro del corpo accademico USI

The chosen candidate is expected to take up post in Fall Semester 2019.

The Università della Svizzera italiana maintains its right to a direct call or to not name a candidate for the position.

USI strives to be an equal opportunity and family-friendly employer, and is further responsive to the needs of dual career couples. We specifically encourage women to apply.


Application by filling up the form on www.usi.ch and at the link APPLICATION FORM

The application file must include:

  • a letter of application addressed to the Dean of the Accademia;
  • CV, a list of publications and research projects, descriptions of the teaching and research that he or she intends to carry out, and a description of the three most important achievements
  • PDF copies of a maximum of 5 publications that, according to the candidate, best demonstrate the good scientific level and the pertinence to the profile requested;
  • names and addresses of three professional and/or academic referees.

Candidates shortlisted by the Selection Committee will be invited to hold a trial lecture and attend an interview before the end of Academic Year 2018/19.


Closing date for the application is November 10, 2018.


For further enquiries, please contact:

Arch. Marco Della Torre

Dean’s office coordinator

Accademia di architettura

Università della Svizzera italiana


Tel. +41 58 666 5895/5869

Where to send resume: