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Doctoral researcher, department of architecture, renaissance architectural history
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Application deadline: Mar 27
Location: Leuven, Belgium
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Doctoral researcher, department of architecture, renaissance architectural history

(Ref. BAP-2016-626)

Occupation : Full-time
Period : Fixed-term contract
Place : Leuven
Apply no later than : March 27, 2017
For Architecture and Society we are looking for a junior or early career researcher in the field of architectural history. He/She will accomplish a PhD under the direction of Professor Krista De Jonge within the context of a four-year research program funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO Vlaanderen). The research project 'Fragments of Order' revisits sixteenth-century Renaissance architecture in the Low Countries and Northwestern Europe.

DOCTORAL RESEARCHER, DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE, RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY

The Research Department of Architecture at the University of Leuven unites all researchers active in the broad field of architecture. It spans two faculties: the Faculty of Engineering Science and the Faculty of Architecture, both members of the Science and Technology Group. The recently formed research unit ‘Perspectives on Architecture from the Distant Past’ (PADP) belongs to the Section Architecture and Society. It
brings together scholars based in the three campuses of the Department: Leuven, Brussels and Ghent. The PADP members study various aspects of the architectural legacy of the distant past: construction history, architectural agency, the building’s reception history and the impact of cross-cultural exchanges in shaping the built environment before globalization. They do so from an indispensable interdisciplinary background rooted in building archaeology, architecture and engineering, material studies, cultural studies and philosophy. The chair of Architectural History and Conservation, based at the Arenberg Castle in Heverlee (Leuven), is one of the oldest of the Department. The principal investigator on the research program, Professor Krista De Jonge, is a specialist of early modern architecture, principally of the Low Countries (1400-1650). She also chairs the Department itself.

Project

Fragments of Order. Constructing Renaissance Architecture in the Low Countries 

The project revisits the introduction of Renaissance architecture into the Low Countries of the early sixteenth century by focusing on the architectural component or fragment (base, capital, column shaft, and entablature of the column orders), its various avatars (in three-dimensional form, in drawing and in print), and its uses. Assembling antique architectural fragments was a widely accepted design strategy in the early Renaissance. However, the new theory of the Five Column Orders developed in Rome subjected such free assemblages to strict rules of composition and proportioning from the 1520s onwards, condemning many of the older works in the antique manner as 'monstrous' or misshapen. As a result, this early phase has not received the attention or indeed the appreciation it merits, especially not outside Italy. Interest in the fragment is indeed an important strand in the texture of early Netherlandish architcectural thinking. Shared by painters, engravers, draughtsmen and other designers of architecture as well as by patrons and collectors, it connects the early sixteenth-century Netherlandish arts with early archaeology and antiquarianism across the European borders. Prints and drawings coming from Italy inspired 'antique' compositions in painting, and were in their turn copied into Netherlandish model books and prints, successfully spread on the burgeoning print market.

This research is supported by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO Vlaanderen).

Profile

There is a vacancy for a junior researcher (doctoral track) who will work on the project for four years, under the supervision of the principal investigator (Krista De Jonge). In accordance with the admission rules to the doctoral schools at KU Leuven, he/she must have distinguishedhim/herself during his/her previous studies. He/She will fullfil the requirements for the milestones of the doctoral track as well as the milestones defined in the project.

Possible profiles include:

- Master of Art History

- Master of (Early Modern) History

- Master of Architecture (with master’s thesis in a relevant field)

- Master of Architectural Engineering (with master's thesis in a relevant field)

- Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites.

The working language of the project is English. Sufficient knowledge of languages such as Flemish/Dutch, German and French in addition to English is a requirement, in order to deal with specialized literature and source material. Knowledge of Italian, Spanish and/or Latin is considered a bonus, as is hands-on experience with early modern prints and drawings.

He/She will work in the Arenberg Castle, Heverlee (Belgium), and will also be prepared to travel internationally as needed.

Offer

We offer a four-year, full-time position as junior researcher, preferably in the statute of doctoraatsbursaal.

Interested?

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Krista De Jonge, tel.: +32 16 32 13 79, mail: krista.dejonge@kuleuven.be or Mrs. Willemijne Linssen, tel.: +32 16 32 47 28, mail: willemijne.linssen@kuleuven.be
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