Teaching Position: ‘Objects–Spaces–Services’ in Eco-Social Design

For the MA Eco-Social Design we are looking for an experienced design practitioner co-leading the studio course ‘Thesis Preparation Project’ with a focus on ‘Objects–Spaces–Services’ in Eco-Social Design.

Here is the call. Application deadline 12th of August 2019, 12:00 a.m. If you have questions about the application procedure please send an email to Recruitment Design. For questions concerning the MA Eco-Social Design or the research project please contact me via email. My apologies for the extreme bureaucratese form of the calls. It is out of my hands to make this different :( But the work itself and the atmosphere in our study course and research projects are sunny and truly collaborative :)

Description of the specific teaching job for the winter semester 2019/20 (End of September 2019 to end of January 2020; the contract can be extended two times, usually resulting in teaching the semester course for three years):
The practice-based and transdisciplinary Master in Eco-Social Design is an educational framework for designers who aim to contribute to more sustainable, resilient and fair futures. It supports students in developing their reflective practice by introducing students to challenges, partners, knowledges, instruments and strategies from diverse fields, which they draw together in their autonomous projects.

In Project 3, the Thesis Preparation Project, students start the first part of the development of their thesis project and the accompanying written thesis. In the third semester, students choose and explore a topic, challenges or issues within a specific context, collaborating with various partners. They research the state-of-the-art, do research through design and field research. By means of practice-based experiments, interventions, failures and successes students develop and define the elements of their work, and reach a (preliminary) proof-of-concept. This lays the foundations for the subsequent elaboration of the final project and the written part of the Thesis.

The Thesis Preparation Project is led by a team of three teachers: a design researcher together with two design practitioners, covering the areas Objects–Spaces-Services and Communication–Interaction–Services. They collaborate closely in providing input, facilitating learning experiences and coaching students. Both students and teachers foster transdisciplinary dialogue and actions, among others by involving teachers of the courses of the areas Observe, Analyse & Apply (Social Sciences & Economics) and of Make & Intervene (Design Disciplines). Additionally, the project teachers organize the Master Colloquia, where external experts from civil society, companies, organisations and institutions are invited to discuss the students’ projects.

The project leader in Objects–Spaces–Services supports the development of each student’s project and practices, in particular, related to the design of objects, spaces and/or services bringing in best practice from socially, politically and environmentally engaged design.

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