Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture: Tenure track position in Landscape architecture

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community. 

The Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture is a Nordic leader in higher education for design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and art. We produce world-class research in art education, design and design thinking, digital media and visual culture, urban planning and architecture. Our graduates innovate in and beyond their fields, drawing on over a century of tradition, a humane and forward-looking approach, and the latest technologies. Our new campus in Espoo, just west of Helsinki, makes working together among and across disciplines easier than ever before.

The Department of Architecture at Aalto University is an internationally renowned education and research unit. With respect to Finland’s esteemed architectural heritage, we search for new solutions to the challenges of sustainable development.

To us, architecture is an art form that requires practical skills and individual artistic development, as well as sustainability knowledge relevant to design and planning. We educate critical thinkers who accept their responsibility to research and design a socially, culturally and ecologically sustainable built environment.

The Department of Architecture offers degree programmes in architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture. The Department’s teaching and research activities are organised around the main fields of architecture, landscape and urbanism. At the moment, the BA level courses are taught primarily in Finnish whilst MA and doctoral level studies primarily in English. For more information, please see: http://architecture.aalto.fi/en/

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications for a tenure track position in

Landscape architecture, especially sustainable landscape planning

Landscape architecture combines artistic, scientific and technical expertise. It is an internationally important discipline and a growing profession in Finland; its scope has recently diversified and increased significantly. Aalto University is Finland’s only academic institute in the field of landscape architecture. The degree programme is currently divided into three study areas: 1) landscape design and construction, 2) landscape planning and management, 3) urban planning and design (shared with the Degree Programme of Architecture). Due to the transversal character of the Department of Architecture, of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and of Aalto University, the Landscape Architecture degree programme combines and promotes specific education and multidisciplinary interactions with other disciplines like Architecture, Arts, Design, Planning and Engineering disciplines.

Job description

The position is to be filled at the Assistant professor level of Aalto University tenure track system. The position is full-time and for a fixed term of 3-5 years.

The focus of this academic position is on creating new knowledge and on developing expertise in landscape planning questions related to the sustainable evolution of various landscapes including natural, transformed and urbanized environments. Integrating landscape ecology into urban and regional planning, strategic planning and environmental administration is in the core area of the professorship.

The tasks of the Professor of Landscape architecture include research and teaching in the field described above as well as development and administrative work within the department. The professor will work in cooperation with other teaching staff of the department, especially with other professors and with other departments of the university.

Throughout their careers, those in the academic tenure track system are expected to instigate and guide artistic and/or scientific research, to provide related higher academic education, to follow the advances of their field, to participate in service to the Aalto University community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in their field.


The applicants are expected to have a master’s degree in landscape architecture or in a closely related discipline. A doctoral degree will be considered an advantage.

Applicants are expected to possess appropriate research and/or artistic merits as well as professional competence. The evaluation of candidates is based on the level of accomplishment and merits gained through research and/or artistic work and professional practice, teaching, academic leadership and other relevant activity in academic and professional communities. The successful candidate is expected to be internationally networked and fluent in English.

Familiarity with the potential and challenges of the northern cultural and environmental context will be considered an advantage. Similarly, experience and interaction with other technical and artistic fields, as well as knowledge and understanding of design/planning and production processes are appreciated.

Evaluation at the Assistant Professor level follows the Tenure track system of Aalto University and is mainly based on research or/and artistic merits as well as the applicant’s potential to reach world class in their field.



Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities, but applicants may also propose their own salary requirements.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact Chairman of the Departmental Committee, Professor Jyrki Sinkkilä, tel. + 358 40-592 8156. In recruitment process related questions, you may contact HR coordinator Tiina Paronen-Viljanen, tel. +358 50 527 2674. E-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@aalto.fi

How to apply

The applications for the tenure track position are to be addressed to the Dean of the School of. The application materials should include:

General instructions for applicants including guidelines for compiling CV and teaching portfolios are given at https://www.aalto.fi/en/tenure-track/interested-in-joining-our-tenure-track

Aalto University does not accept any recommendations for applicants during the first phase of the application process.

Please submit all your application materials in English through the eRecruitment system no later than 30 November 2020

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