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Architecture Workroom
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Vacancy— Research collaborator 'Delta Atelier' (m/f)

Architecture Workroom Brussels (AW) wants to strengthen its team with a research collaborator, in view of several ongoing projects, but the Delta Atelier in particular. 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

Employees of AW undeniably have at least one specific agreement: 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 a profile that mainly wants to take on the role of 'research collaborator' (including the translation into cultural products). The immediate focus of this new employee will be the Delta Atelier: a knowledge and transformation platform which was initiated last year as part of the biennial program The Missing Link 2018 + 2020.

As initiator and leader of the Delta Atelier, AW bundles the insights and capacities of innovative practices from Flanders, Brussels and the Netherlands, from design agencies to citizens' initiatives, local initiatives and national governments. Around the major transition and climate challenges related to housing, energy, mobility, care, food, soil, water, biodiversity, circularity, but also alternative development models or management, the AW team prepares intervisions, thematic workshops and explorations of the future, it moderates and, in this way, builds up an incremental work agenda for the transformation of the Delta (building on the "Low Countries 2020–2100" exploration of the future). Based on knowledge sharing and joint knowledge development, strong narratives are gradually developed, which then lead to publications, maps, videos or exhibition objects. One of the main goals of the Delta Atelier is to develop partnerships as a knowledge platform and incubator with / between innovative practices that lead to new concrete projects and collaborations, to take the next step towards the (implementation of) the transformations that are needed to realize the major transitions. 

The support which AW is looking for, for the Delta Atelier and other "pacemaker trajectories", involves the following tasks:

- preparing and assisting with workshops with design agencies, entrepreneurs, governments, citizens, experts, farmers, port companies, etc.;

- providing substantive contact with a community of innovative practices, staying on top of their work-in-progress, and mapping their breakthroughs and barriers;

- collecting and structuring insights about overarching and complex themes into a clear and coherent story, and translating that into text and / or image (bundling and in-depth research and editing);

- formulating and drawing up new project and process plans in function of substantive breakthroughs, as well as (helping to) form partnerships with pertinent private and public actors;

- (helping to) translate the insights into cultural products for both an expert and professional audience (online platform, etc.) and a wider audience (as part of the next edition of You Are Here).

You will collaborate within a broad team of designers and researchers with specific expertise in food, energy, circularity, care or water, active within concrete ongoing projects, cultural initiatives and transformation programs. Your role lies in connecting the expertise, and matching them in practice and with examples from the Delta Atelier community. 

Profile

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 resulting from this;

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

- fluent in Dutch, French and/or English, both verbally and in writing;

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

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

- knowledge of basic software packages: Adobe and CAD software;

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

- who is highly flexible in terms of working hours, certainly not a nine-to-fiver.

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.

Interested?

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

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