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Head of department Architectural Design

Geplaatst: 16-05-2019
Sluitingsdatum: 02-06-2019
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Amsterdam (Noord-Holland) 
Management / Leidinggevend 
min. 0,4 fte, max. 0,4 fte 
max. 13 (€4.955,73 - €6.036,14) 


The position

The position occupies a central role in relation to the students, lecturers and the Executive Board with the teaching practice. You will be in charge of a small team of approximately 10 lecturers and an assistant. Together with your team you are responsible for the planning and curriculum of teaching for the department, taking into account social and contextual factors. You will also be expected to contribute to the long-term development of the teaching and to the support of the academy as a whole. Teaching activities making use of your own insight and vision from your professional practice are an important component of this position. You use a range of working methods to guide your students in their development to become independent designers.


The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is an independent university of applied sciences offering a Fine Arts and Design Bachelor’s programme with 14 different specialisations.

The academy also offers five permanent Master’s programmes and a varying number of additional Master’s programmes on a temporary basis; these are provided by Sandberg Instituut.

The organisation has an international and strongly decentralised character with responsibilities and powers that lie close to the actual teaching.


The Architectural Design department

The Architectural Design department focuses primarily on the relationship between space and people and society. Students learn to apply a spatial perspective to the world, now and in the future. They work at the interface between art and architecture and are encouraged to convey their ideas artistically, experimentally and functionally. Through theory and by developing their own work, students learn about spatial design in the broadest sense of the word: buildings, interiors, urban design, public space, scenography, furniture, exhibition design and material research. At the same time, the lecturers - designers and artists working in the field - challenge students to reflect upon their own work in relation to the world at large.

The aim is to train the ±30 students to become independent designers at the interface between architecture & art, with their own perspective and position with regard to the discipline and society. With the knowledge and expertise they acquire, they can set up an independent practice or continue more focused study on a Master’s degree programme after graduation.

Functie eisen

Personal profile

  • You have specialised knowledge and understanding of developments in the field of architectural design and the professional practice.
  • A broad theoretical knowledge and understanding of political, social and labour-market developments in relation to art and architecture.
  • Knowlegde and understanding of diversity and inclusivity in relation to art and architecture.
  • You have a network beyond the established field of architecture.
  • Preferably a relevant academic qualification.
  • Knowledge and understanding of developments within higher education.
  • Skilled in developing, propagating and defending education policy, viewpoints, new ideas, the teaching curriculum.
  • Skilled in organising and implementing teaching in accordance with the policy and curriculum.
  • Able to lead enthusiastic professionals and work within a team context.
  • You possess teaching skills that enable you to challenge, surprise and motivate students.


To apply

For more information, please contact Ben Zegers, portfolio holder for Bachelor’s programme via ben.zegers@rietveldacademie.nl

Send your application together with your CV to personeelszaken@rietveldacademie.nl

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019.

Interview schedule

The first round of interviews will take place on Thursday June 13th.

The eventual second round is planned on Thursday June 20th.


Terms of employment

The position falls in job grade 13 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Universities of Applied Sciences (maximum gross salary of €6,036.14 per month for a full-time appointment, excl. 8% holiday allowance and 13th month, depending on qualifications and experience). There are also various opportunities for development, such as obtaining a Master’s degree or a teaching qualification.

In principle this is an appointment for one year; in the event of good performance this may be extended.

Contact informatie

Further information

  • As an international community, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie attaches much importance to being accessible to a wide range of potential students and feels that the diversity and inclusivity of its students and staff offers added value to the quality of the institution.
  • This job vacancy has been published both internally and externally. In the event of equally suitable applicants, preference will be given to internal candidates.
  • No agencies please.

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