Assistant professor Architectural Design of Public Building & data-driven design for healthy living environments

Are you interested in joining the Group of Public Building to explore (new) public building types, promoting the next generation of buildings for healthy living environments with the help of data and research-driven design processes?
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Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


The Group of Public Building (lead by Professor Nathalie de Vries) is inviting applications for an Assistant professor Architectural Design of Public Building & data-driven design for healthy living environments in their group within the Department of Architecture. 
Public Building explores new and existing public building types, thus also promoting the development of the next generation of these building types. The group investigates their role and position in past, present and future as well as their relationships with socio-economic developments, sustainable construction principles, climate change and healthy living environments. This particular position is funded by the Sector Plan Design Engineering Science (OIW) and explores adaptive strategies that can help rethink the relationship between architecture and the urban environment as well as redefine the concept of livable environments through a data-based approach.

You will develop theoretical foundations and design methodologies with a focus on research by design and the usage of data-driven design tools. The Public Building Group investigates the role of hybridization of program, social aspects, the importance of identity and context as well as the importance of resilient construction of current and new types of public buildings and their role in the enhancement of the quality of everyday life. At Public Building we use the term 'Multiplicity in Design' for the multi layered and faceted design strategies that are needed to design future proof buildings and environments. You also have knowledge of contemporary building methods and the shift towards a circular society as well as of the world of practice, partially based on experiences previously acquired in professional design practice(s). In this position time will be equally divided between research and education of our design studio’s. The research will tested in educational settings. You will also contribute to the research and educational agenda of the department of Architecture related to Healthy Living Environments and Smart Urbanization. The focal points of investigations will be in Europe, with a keen eye for analogies and examples from other parts of the world.


To apply for this assistant professor position, you must have:

  • A Ph.D. degree in Architecture.
  • Previous teaching experience in a transdisciplinary setting.
  • A clear research agenda, which can be demonstrated through academic publications or significant professional work.
  • Familiarity with research by design strategies.
  • First hand experience with visualization of data research and spatial data analysis; as well as drawing with software programs like Rhino, Revit, and/or Grasshopper.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with others (students, faculty, and staff) to create a supportive learning environment as well as organizational skills.
  • At least 3 years of working experience in an architecture office.
  • Affinity with the above mentioned themes and research goals.


Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


This position is offered as an Academic Career Track position. During the Academic Career Track, we expect you to grow towards an Associate Professor position within a maximum of eight years, for which a position will be available. With other Academic Career Track colleagues, you will participate in the Academic Career Track Development programme, where you are offered ample opportunities to develop yourself in the areas of Education, Research, Societal Impact & Innovation, and Leadership & Organisation. You will regularly discuss your development and results with senior staff based on a personalized development and performance criteria agreed upon at the start of your Academic Career Track. You will start with a temporary contract that will be converted to a permanent contract no later than 12 -18 months after a positive evaluation, based on continuous confidence in your development potential and fit in the organisation.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme as part of the Academic Career Track Development programme.

TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (based on scale 11: € 4.332,00 - € 5.929,00). The position is open for 32 hours per week. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged and you can work partly from home.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service addresses the needs of new international employees and those of their partners and families. The Coming to Delft Service offers personalised assistance during the preparation of the relocation, finding housing and schools for children (if applicable). In addition, a Dual Career Programme for partners is offered. The Coming to Delft Service will do their best to help you settle in the Netherlands.

Meer informatie

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Nathalie de Vries, via

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Caro Coemans,

The position will remain open until January 7, 2024 (local Dutch time + 2 hrs). You must apply via the "Apply now" button. Applications via e-mail will not be processed.