Architecture Workroom

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. 


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.


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.


Netwerkbijeenkomst— Ontwerp met Beleid
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Bap! Biennale of architecture and landscape of Île-de-France— 1st edition
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— Interim Communication & Documentation support (m/v)
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Vacancy— Research collaborator 'Delta Atelier' (m/f)
With structural support from the Flemish government and regular support from the Brussels capital region and other regional and local governments.