Architecture Workroom

Vacancy— Designer researcher (m/f)

Architecture Workroom Brussels (AW) wants to strengthen its team with a designer researcher, in view of several ongoing projects. You will be part of a dynamic and committed team of architects and researchers. You will offer support in managing, supervising and implementing one or more projects within AW.

Job description

AW employees share at least one specific undeniable similarity: they have a design-oriented background and / or have a strong affinity for space, architecture or the future of city and landscape. Based on this shared motivation, the team performs various tasks depending on the various initiatives and processes: in addition to cultural production (exhibitions, publications, etc.), this also includes 'design research' (test sites, regional explorations, etc.), and 'making substantive progress' and (supervising) managing knowledge sharing and development, initiation and exploration processes for new transformation programs, policy, etc.

For this vacancy we are looking for that first profile in view of a number of ongoing and new processes in which design research plays a prominent role.

Translation to concrete space is crucial within all AW's projects. Not in the least because many of the clients are local and regional governments who are faced with certain challenges whose spatial impact they want to have investigated and translated into innovative development visions. These studies often relate to the major transition and climate challenges related to housing, energy, mobility, care, food, soil, water, biodiversity, circularity, or in many cases several of these challenges simultaneously. Linking these themes, uncovering and visualizing the actual problem definition, the search for spatial, economic or social synergies and their translation into sustainable and promising development strategies are therefore the main lines of action within such design research, often on different scales simultaneously: ranging from a global scale to that of the decentralized urbanized delta area of the Rhine, Maas and Scheldt (also known as the Eurodelta), from that of the city and its outskirts to the level of the neighbourhood, the building block and the building. In many AW projects, this designer view is supported by a participatory part. This approach aims at capturing and synthesizing as many wishes, needs and dynamics possible, which affect the broad field of actors specific to this type of project: from groups of residents to citizens' initiatives, from local to national governments, landowners to developers, from farmers to port companies, from entrepreneurs to cultural institutions.

The support that AW is looking for in the field of design research involves the following tasks:

- the cartographic analysis of the research area, at the various scales mentioned above, in which speculative imagination is often just as important as scientific substantiation;

- the design and spatial approach of the problem to the development of a high-profile and supported narrative;

- applying this cartography and narrative in workshops with design agencies, entrepreneurs, governments, citizens, experts, etc.;

- linking different challenges and opportunities to concrete spatial strategies, concepts and interventions, and being able to communicate these based on clear and graphically strong images and diagrams;

- translating the results of the design research into policy advice and other recommendations;

- continuous training in current affairs and design practice, with special attention to innovative and socially relevant spatial concepts and "best practices".


We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic and talented candidates:

- who hold a Master’s Degree in architecture, urban planning, spatial planning or similar;

- who is driven by involvement in social and spatial issues, particularly in relation to climate change and urbanization, and prepared to take the complexity as a starting point;

- who has a naturally investigative and analytical attitude;

- who is able to approach complex issues in a structured way, to synthesise them and to translate them into work processes;

- who is able to lead projects independently and to pro-actively execute the organizational and production activities that result from this;

- who is prepared to work in an international and multidisciplinary team (in terms of content, production);

- who have experience and talent in the area of design and/or implementation of urban planning projects;

- who have sufficient graphic qualities;

- with knowledge of basic software packages: Adobe, CAD and GIS software;

- interested in culture production (organising exhibitions, public events, publication of books etc.);

- who possesses a vision and knowledge of the theory, practice and the latest developments related to architecture and urban planning;

- who is results-oriented and able to perform well under pressure;

- who is highly flexible in terms of working hours.

We offer

- cooperation on an independent basis for an indefinite period;

- the remuneration and terms of employment are in accordance with the weight of the position, consistent with a medium-sized cultural organization, and dependent on qualifications and experience.


Send your motivated letter of application and CV, including any portfolio, at the latest on Monday 17 June 2019, to for the attention of Sylvia van den Hurk.


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Socio-spatial study— Baudelo Building Ghent
Water+Land+Scape approved
Urbanising in Place— Rosario Workshop
Social-spatial research— Ghent Sint-Pieters
Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial Edition 2018— Rising Waters
You Are Here - Brussels
Announcement — IABR-THE MISSING LINK Rotterdam and Brussels
Urbanising in Place— Building the Food-Water-Energy nexus
IABR–2018+2020–The Missing Link— Delta Atelier
Antwerp— Mapping the shift of metropolitan phenomena in Berchem extra muros
Publication— Designing the Future
CS Genk— Campus Bret 21st century learning landscape
IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— and test site M4H
IABR–Atelier East Flemish Regio— Has left the starting blocks
Regional Call IABR-Atelier OVK— Help shape the future of the East Flanders Core region
IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— Energy transition as an urban project
IABR-Atelier Rotterdam— Call to Architects
Open Space Platform— Call Water-Land-Schap
Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia
Open Space Platform— Publication Operation Open Space
THE MISSING LINK— Curator Statement, Research Agenda and Call for Practices
Atelier Zennevallei
Urban Intervention — BRIDGE
Workshop Series — Urban Economy in the Brussels Metropolitan Area
Lecture and Debate — Fitting More Industry In
Rotterdam Biennale appoints three curators for diptych 2018+2020
A Whole World to Win— Floris Alkemade in conversation with Els Vervloesem and Joachim Declerck
Masterclass— Caring Neighborhoods
Atelier Kortrijk 2025— Innovative urban development strategy
Designing The Future— series of debates
Atelier Brussels— Masterclasses
Atelier Brussels— Lectures Structure and Stimulus
Atelier Brussels— Urban Walks
Antwerp— Study to map the livability of neighbourhoods
Atelier Brussels— Expo A Good City Has Industry
Spoor Oost— Urban Renewal Project
City of Bruges— Week of the City
Zeebrugge Revitalisation— Urban Renewal Project
Torhout— experiential and identity study
Launch OASE 96 Social Poetics— The Architecture of Use and Appropriation
From cure to care— transitions in the healthy city of Utrecht
Atelier Brussels— Urban Meeting IABR
Urban Meeting Bozar— The Productive Metropolis
Imagine Europe— Bozar
Atelier Brussels— The Productive Metropolis
Call for design teams— Atelier Brussels The Productive Metropolis
Development strategy— Ostend Eastern Shore
Review of spatial structure plan— Bruges City
The City as Factory— Buda Workroom
Colloquium — Architecture in Belgium and Turkey: Changing practices
Architecture Culture Platform
Ghent Muide-Meulestede
IABR 2016 — Atelier Utrecht: The Healthy City
Publication—Reweaving the Urban Carpet
Eurodelta 2030 - 2100
Eurometropolitan Blue Space
Atelier— Productive BXL
Atelier de Stad— Brussels
Lecture — Mark Brearley
Festival Kanal Play Ground
Metropolitan Coast Landscape 2100
IABR 2014 Urban by Nature— Atelier Brabantstad
Exploration of the Future of Flemish Land Company (VLM)
Productive Space By Design— conference
Strategic vision— Kern Rechteroever in Aalst
Strategic exploration— pilot projects productive landscape
Atelier— In Between
Atelier à Habiter— Exhibition
Preparatory workshop— development plan for Sidaplax in Ghent
Atelier De Stad Brussels— Kanal Play Ground
International Atelier— Eurometropolis
Expert advice— 'Nieuw Gent'
Preparatory workshop— housing development plan in Kapellen
Publication—The Ambition of the Territory
Symposium—Naar een gedeelde ontwerpagenda voor Vlaanderen
Vlaanderen als Ontwerp— Atelier
The Ambition of the Territory— deSingel International Arts Campus
Lecture—Carolyn Steel - The Hungry City
Changing Cultures of Planning— Rotterdam, Zürich, Nantes, Randstad, Bordeaux
Towards a Visionary Housing Production in Flanders
Guide plan—Brussels canal
The Ambition of the Territory—Belgian Pavilion Venice 2012
Making City—5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
Project definition—new prison in Haren
Building for Brussels— Architecture and urban transformation in Europe
Making City—Atelier Istanbul
G A R D E N— Parckdesign 2012
Open House Brussels—debates and artistic parcours
Exhibition—Making City
Exploring the metropolitan condition
The Next Economy— Belgium at The International Architecture Biennale 2016
Master Class—120% Brussels
City Trajectory—Brussels Canal
Program—Building For Brussels
Exhibition—Building for Brussels
Exhibition—Architecture for Justice
Concept studios—Spatial Policy Plan of Flanders
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Vacancy— Designer researcher (m/f)
With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.