Call for Researchers

ADAPT-r Call for Experienced Researcher

Glasgow School of Arts, Estonian Academy of Arts, RMIT Europe


Deadline: 2 March 2015


ADAPT-r is a €4M FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network offering a new approach to PhD training for creative practitioners and includes 40 Fellowships, 7 training conferences, two research conferences, a major exhibition, five key books, and a website providing public access to research and events. ADAPT-r commenced on 1 January 2013 and will run over four years. ADAPT-r is a network of 7 Partner Institutions and engages with SMEs (architecture, design and art practices).


Experienced Researcher Following contractual EC regulations, an Experienced Researcher within the Marie Curie framework is defined as a researcher who, at the time of recruitment is:

  1. in possession of a doctoral degree, independently of the time taken to acquire it, or has at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience and
  2. has less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience.

Description This is the last of several calls for applications from researchers in architecture, design and art for a total of 7 experienced researcher fellowships. The current 3 specific Experienced Research fellowships concern employment for a period of 12 months at Glasgow School of Arts, 12 months at Estonian Academy of Arts and 16 months at RMIT Europe starting between April 2015 and January 2016.


Call for Articles / Journal


Special Issue (Volume 6 Issue 3 – 2015)



Submission deadline: April 10, 2015


Alice T Friedman (Wellesley College) and Anne Massey (Middlesex University) invite contributions to the journal’s 2015 special issue, Spaces of Faith.

What are the special challenges presented by designing spaces for the purposes of shared religious worship or private reflection? What impact does ritual and rhythm have on these interior spaces? How have private places for spiritual regeneration been incorporated into domestic spaces? How have potential users been incorporated into the design process? Papers could explore the theme of Spaces of Faith from the perspective of one particular faith, or from that of multi-faith interiors. From airports to universities, ocean liners to hospitals, the unique challenges of designing for a variety of faiths, of meeting disparate requirements in one interior have characterised this subject over recent years. What has been provided for shared worship? How have the designers met these challenges? How successful have they been? Alternatively, the theme of changed usage may be explored, with church interiors being converted into cafes and monasteries into hotels.


Call for Papers / Conference

Archdesign ’15

II. Architectural Design Conference


June 25 – 27, 2015
Istanbul, Turkey


Abstract submission deadline: March 20, 2015


DAKAM’s Archdesign ’15/ II. Architectural Design Conference on Architectural Design and Methodologies will focus on the different methods on design in general, analysis of single buildings and projects and contemporary issues related to designing, representation and construction in the contemporary world and will take place at Sedad Hakki Eldem Auditorium, located in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s Findikli Campus in Istanbul on June 25-27, 2015.

Contemporary architectural design constitutes multiple layers in terms of methods, digital technologies, representation, construction techniques and marketing. From single objects to apartment blocks, from restoration to the recent digital design technologies, from construction techniques to new materials, architecture needs to be reconsidered in terms of methodology.


Call for Papers / Journal

Journal of City, Culture and Architecture


Submission deadline: 20 February, 2015


Journal of City, Culture and Architecture concentrates on publishing the highest quality original research of scholars in a broad range of disciplines, including architecture, art, cultural studies, anthropology, urban studies, geography, and demography, and their relations with history, psychology, sociology, and statistics.The Journal seeks to explore the ways of improving comprehensive examination of various interdisciplinary approaches to studying urban culture, city identity, metropolitan life and architecture various forms of art by focusing the roles of human communication in space and symbolic borders between different communicative practices and the cultural aspects of urbanization.

The primary goal is to promote pioneering research on cultural diversity and richness of traditional and local societies, urban structuralism to the semiotic perspectives of poststructuralism, cultural institutions and heritage and the spiritual-material products and the architectural structures throughout the life time of mankind, and to make a strong link between past and future. The cultural manufacturing types and the art of living that are formed throughout centuries and experiences, when considered its contribution both to multi-cultural social life and keeping cultural memory alive, will be remembered as the most striking evidence for cultural and social originality of a society which tell its own aesthetic idea by its produced arts.


Call for Contributions / Book

Placing the Profession: Early Contexts for Interior Design Practice in the US

Edited by Paula Lupkin (Department of Art Education and Art History, University of North Texas) and Penny Sparke (Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston University)


Deadline: 31 January, 2015


Ashgate is seeking to publish an edited book of essays based on a set of papers given at a panel session at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians that was entitled ‘Placing the Profession: Early Contexts for Interior Design Practice in the US. The editors are now inviting proposals for additional chapters to supplement the original papers.

The history of interior design practice in the United States has long been dominated by biographies of iconic figures like Elsie de Wolfe and Dorothy Draper. Much of the existing scholarly, pedagogical, and popular literature traces the trajectories of their careers, their writings, and their relationships with clients. At the same time that these luminaries were forging their identities as individuals, however, the larger profession of interior design began to emerge. Rooted in the expansion of mass production and consumption in the last years of the nineteenth century, and beginning in the early twentieth century, new and diverse organizational, educational, and professional structures came to define the field and provide formal contexts for design work including design colleges, department stores, furniture companies, and large-scale group practice. This book seeks to map out the development of the larger professional structures of interior design in the period 1870 – 1960 thereby embracing the somewhat fragmented situation of the period immediately before the formation of the profession up until the creation, in 1957, of the National Society of Interior Designers.

Chapters will explore early educational programs and professional organizations, the relationship of interior design to the contemporaneous professionalization of architectural practice, the opportunities offered by department stores, antiques firms, materials manufacturers, and shelter magazines, and the organization and management of large commercial interior design firms. Moving away from biography, this book will critically investigate how interior designers collectively responded to and defined the market for their ideas and services, balancing their roles as artists with the pressures to professionalize and rationalize their work.


Job / Zayed University

Positions for Assistant, Associate, Or Professors Of Interior Design

College Of Art And Creative Enterprises
Zayed University, Abu Dhabi Campus
Fall 2015


The University

Zayed University, a premier university in the United Arab Emirates, is an innovative institution based on an international model of higher education. The University has experienced rapid growth, and currently has over 900 faculty and staff serving approximately 8500 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students on its campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Zayed University prepares graduates to become leaders in government, business, civil society, and family life, and to contribute to building a knowledge-based economy and society. Through a curriculum grounded in learning outcomes, the University expects its graduates to be proficient in both English and Arabic, and to possess the skills in communication, technology, information literacy, research, critical thinking, and global awareness that will make them leaders in the interconnected 21st-century world. English is the primary language of instruction. Zayed University is fully accredited in the UAE and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the US.

The United Arab Emirates is a progressive country known for its high standard of living and its safe, family-friendly, multi-national environment.


The College of Arts and Creative Enterprises (CACE)

CACE offers students a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Animation Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Visual Art. The College aims to prepare students to become creative leaders in the arts and related industries. Our mission is to provide student artists and designers with an opportunity to explore and develop their own creative ideas while contributing to national initiatives in the culture of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The department works closely with faculty in other university disciplines such as the majors in Emirati Studies and Multi-Media Design, and the MA in Museum Studies. Candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to the growth and initiatives of the college that will advocate innovative practices and research.





30 – 31 January, 2015


From the mid-eighteenth century through to the present day, architecture has been repeatedly imagined, defined or designed as a machine. While a strongly deterministic reading – as in “machine for living”– has held sway ever since the term was coined in the 1920s, usage of the machine concept actually needs to be understood in a much broader sense. Describing architecture as a machine has in various epochs and in the light of changing technologies always also implied paying attention to its performative properties in the context of certain processes and procedures, ranging from design to construction and use. Such performative properties may manifest themselves in spatial dimensions or contexts, in technical apparatus, or in other physical conditions. What distinguishes the concept of architecture-as-machine – considered from a genealogical perspective and independently of its various semantic nuances – is that the respective requirements of any architectural program can be individually thematized and hence also individually planned. The ‘machinic’ of the architecture/machine accordingly implies not merely a context of production or a normative mechanism but, primarily and fundamentally, a relationship between the architectural object and the processes it involves.

The conference examines the history of the architecture/machine from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day in the light of the above. It focuses not necessarily on literal machine metaphors but generally on historical instances of discursive or material articulation that formulate a relationship between architecture and machines. The conference contributions will be pursuing this theme through analyses of concrete buildings, spaces, devices, or apparatus, respectively the ways in which these are represented or described.


Call for Papers / Conference

This Thing Called Theory

12th AHRA International Conference


19th-21st November 2015
Leeds Beckett University
School of Art, Architecture and Design
Leeds, United Kingdom


Abstract’s deadline: 4 May 2015


This conference proposes Theory as a form of architectural practice which opposes the instrumentalization of its use. It aims to explore the status of Theory in architecture through an examination of instances in current practice, and invites critical reconsiderations of the role of Theory in architecture, its successes and shortcomings. It seeks to trigger discussions, arguments and polemics around this thing called Theory.



Since the Architectural Humanities Research Association was created twelve years ago to promote and develop research in the architectural humanities, the practices of architecture have transformed and diversified, and so has the relationship between the designs, representations and makings of architecture and their surrounding discourses.

After semiotics, psychoanalysis, deconstruction’s flirt with Derridean philosophy, and Deleuzian redefinitions of folds and diagrams, the impact of the digital in architecture seemed to have vanquished the ‘need’ for architecture to refer to discourses from the humanities. Whilst concerns of the humanities are converging with the sciences, they are also simultaneously diverging and dissipating with notions of network, apparatus and agency. The recent imperative in architecture to withdraw from claims of singular design visions has also been characterised by the gathering of individuated credits and subjecting to commodified distribution in the production of theory.

Today, in an age of extreme specialization and thus far inconceivable intersections of fragmented strands of knowledge, architecture continues to reinvent itself. As architecture reconsiders its status as a discipline in relation to digital technologies, material sciences, biology and environmental transformations, it continues to resort to and introject thoughts and practices developed ‘outside’ architecture. It is indeed the very openness and connectedness of architecture that can offer a line of continuity in the ongoing process of self-definition and reinvention that has always characterized architecture as a practice of the multiple and of the critical. As a discipline that never simply makes physical environments, architecture will continue to act in and through all its intersections with its ‘other’ as a critical and cultural agent.


Call for Contributions / Journal

PARSE Journal

Issue #3


Abstract’s deadline: 20 March, 2015

PARSE Journal supports an innovative and multidisciplinary research culture in the arts (including music, performing arts, art, design, architecture, literature, film and media) through publishing original artistic research; creating dialogues and promoting collaborations between researchers in the arts and in other disciplines; and through bringing together different modes of artistic enquiry within an open peer review framework. PARSE Journal is one strand of activity hosted by the PARSE research platform of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.


Repetitions and Reneges: Interpretation, iteration, and re-performance across the arts.
Editors: Darla Crispin, Anders Hultqvist & Cecilia Lagerström

The possibility of repetition in general, and more specifically repetition or reiteration of artistic work raises questions that emerge, and are negotiated differently, across the various art fields. This is because these various art fields are connected to divergent practices and conceptions of tradition, authorship, interpretation, ownership, originality, performativity and artistry.


MeLa / Final Event

Envisioning XXIst Century Museums

MeLa Final Event


21-23 January 2015
Milano, Italy


MeLa – European Museums in an age of migrations will conclude its four years research programme with a three-day event, aimed at providing a critical overview on the main findings ensuing from its investigations and a forward-looking discussion about the future of European museums. A highly interdisciplinary panel of scholars and policy makers from all over the world will trigger a multi-perspective debate, bringing together the latest insights on museums’ challenges and chances in the framework of the contemporary global and multi-cultural scenario.



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