Junior Lecturer for Decolonizing Architecture

08.03.23 | Opslagstavle

Application period: 3–26 March 2023

The Royal Institute of Art has been educating artists and architects since 1735. It is Sweden’s largest institution of higher education in Fine Art and Architecture. The faculty of artists, theoreticians, and architects at the Royal Institute of Art is highly acclaimed, both at the national level and internationally. Students are trained to enter the field of artistic and architectural practice at the highest level.

About the Royal Institute of Art

The Royal Institute of Art offers a five-year program in Fine Art and a two-year master’s degree in Fine Art. The postgraduate program offers professional development in Fine Art and Architecture with a focus on research methodology and project-based artistic research. 230 students are currently enrolled, and the school is supported by 70 employees. As of 2021 the institute is organized into two departments, each with a board and a prefect. The Institute is located on Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm alongside other key arts and cultural institutions. The main building will be renovated in 2024-2025 in order to consolidate teaching and research activities.

Junior Lecturer for Decolonizing Architecture

Decolonizing Architecture at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm is a one-year research-based course that uses the term decolonization as a critical position and conceptual frame for an architectural and artistic research practice engaged in social and political struggles. Within the frame of the course, we ask if architecture functions as a colonial power, how can we then re-imagine new tools or modes of subversion?

Every year the course focus on a specific thematic. In the academic year 23/24 the participants of the DAAS course will be asked to explore the possibilities of rural commons. The specific collective site of investigation is a four-hectare plot of land located in Diso in the south of Italy, co-owned by a group of artists, curators, designers, and researchers interested in exploring collective forms of inhabitation and agroforestry. The collective site functions as the point of departure for further explorations during the year.

Job description

The main focus of the position is to participate in the planning and teaching in the advanced course Decolonizing Architechture. The position also includes participation in the Institute’s common work, such as contributing to the joint planning of the study programme, participating on the Institute’s boards, committees and developing the Institute’s national and international network. Teaching and administrative tasks will take up approx. 2 days per week.

Qualifications and Assessment Criteria

The applicant must have:

  • Demonstrated curatorial, artistic and pedagogical skills in architecture or/and fine art.
  • A degree from an artistic or architectural university programme or other relevant university studies, or the equivalent competence

For this position Royal Institute of Art places particularly strong emphasis on curatorial practices in art and architecture.

Teaching expertise involves:

  • An excellent ability to develop and implement teaching of a high quality at basic and advanced level
  • An excellent ability to develop collaborations and run independent projects,
  • Excellent competence to mediate with local communities, especially in relation to the thematics of the course for the academic year 2023-2024
  • An excellent ability to coordinate and communicate with the students with regards to the thematics chosen for the course in the academic year 23-24
  • An excellent ability to stimulate and develop student learning and coordinate process-oriented research
  • Excellent administrative skills and excellent planning and collaborative skills
  • Extensive, solid and up-to-date knowledge of the application of artistic methods and approaches within the subject area of curating art and architecture
  • The position requires good knowledge of English.

The Position: This is a 50% one-year contract. The position includes participating in the Institute’s common work and some administrative work. 20% of the 50% employment may be devoted to artistic development work.

The Royal Institute of Art wishes to take advantage of the qualities that an equal gender distribution and cultural diversity add to its activities, and we welcome applicants who can contribute to this.


The application should be accompanied by the following documents in English, in digital format only:

  • A motivation letter
  • A curriculum vitae which describes the scope of the applicant’s artistic and teaching activities
  • 3 work samples, in digital format
  • 2 references with contact information
  • Other documents that the applicant wishes to cite

The employment

The employment is time-limited according to HF ch. 10 § 4 from 1 Aug 2023 – 30 June 2024 at 50%.

The employment administration and institutional work within the university.

The application, which must be in English, is made in the institute’s web-based recruitment tool.

Incomplete applications are not considered and cannot be completed after the application deadline.

Further information is provided by head of department Petra Bauer, telephone number +46 08-614 40 00.

Union representatives are Carl Johan Erikson (SACO) and Göran Svenborn (ST). Both can be reached on telephone number +46 08-614 40 00.

No later than March 26th, 2023, we want your application, which must be marked with the registration number: dnr 2.4.1/2023:94.

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