Professor of Practice in Health and Wellbeing Architecture Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Finland

Professor of Practice in Health and Wellbeing 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 University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious international universities of art, design and architecture in the world. The school is a significant player in its impact on social life. Key areas of research include design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design. The school’s history dates back to 1871. ELO Film School Finland, founded in 1959, is one of the oldest film schools in Europe and in the world.

The Department of Architecture offers top quality studies in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, advancing artistic development work within these fields as well as artistic and scientific research. The strategic goal is to maintain and strengthen the Department of Architecture as an exemplary centre of high international excellence. The educational objectives are to combine social responsibility with innovative technical, artistic and scientific knowledge, enabling students to become accomplished experts in their own fields. The currently study fields of the department are defined as Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism. For more information, please see:


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Professor of Practice in Health and Wellbeing Architecture


The research field of Health and Wellbeing is one of the key areas in the strategy of Aalto University. It is also one of the top projects of the current government of Finland due to the aging population and the social and healthcare service reforms. Digitalization enables innovative concepts for new service systems in urban and rural areas. A research team for social and health care service environments, “Sotera”, has been operating at the Department of Architecture since the 1980s.


The professor position is full-time and filled for a three-year period, starting in spring 2018 or as agreed. Professionals recruited to Professor of Practice positions are highly respected professionals in the fields important to Aalto University. Prominent in the duties of this professorship is the running and developing research projects.

Job description


The professor will focus on research into health and social care architecture and the problems of the service systems for the aging society. The new professor will take part in developing the Sotera research team and organizing research projects at the Department.


The tasks of the Professor also include teaching an annual studio course at the MA level as well as overseeing development and administrative work within the department. The MA studies are taught in English. The professor will work in cooperation with the professors and other teaching staff of the department as well as with other Aalto University schools and various operators within the field. Developing and participating actively in international collaborations and networks is a necessary part of professor’s activities.




Professor of Practice is a professorial position meeting Aalto University requirements and subject to external evaluation. Significant expertise in research and development and/or artistic work is required in order to fill a Professor of Practice position. A commitment to develop the field through research and/or artistic work and teaching activities is also necessary.


The successful candidate is expected to be internationally networked and fluent in English. The research projects in Sotera have been run mainly in collaboration with Finnish municipalities and organizations, Finnish skills are an asset. The applicant must have a Master’s Degree in Architecture. A doctor’s degree and experience in research management are also valued. Applicants are expected to possess the appropriate practical planning/design competence and/or research merits. Knowledge about health care architecture, health and social care facilities, elderly housing and service systems are also valued. Experience in multidisciplinary collaboration and the management of research processes are considered as an advantage.

Salary and working time


Aalto University follows the salary system of the Finnish universities and provides health care and retirement benefits for its employees. Teaching personnel belong to the total working hours system, working 1624 hours annually.

Additional information


For additional information, please contact the Chair of the Departmental Committee, Professor Pirjo Sanaksenaho, tel. +358 5057 14900. In questions related to the recruitment process, you may contact HR coordinator Kira Sipilä, tel. +358 50 578 4894. E-mail addresses:


How to apply


Please submit all your application materials in English (PDF format) through the Aalto University eRecruitment system no later than Monday, 20 November, 2017 (Finnish time UTC +2). A link to the eRecruitment system (‘Apply for this job’) can be found at the bottom of the page.


The application material for the Professor of Practice position includes:

  • a motivation letter addressed to the Dean of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

  • a curriculum vitae

  • a statement describing the applicant’s vision of developing the field (max. 2 pages)

  • a design portfolio (including a list of works and max. of 5 samples of the most important      work)

  • a list of publications and a report of other activities in research and      development projects with max. 5 of the most significant publications

  • a teaching portfolio (please see instructions below on the Aalto webpage for      compiling it).


General instructions for applicants, including guidelines for compiling CVs and teaching portfolios are given at


From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select those who will be invited to a site visit at the university with a teaching demonstration and an interview.


Aalto University reserves the right for justifiable reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period or to consider additional candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.


Living up to our values


As a community of high ethics we want to ensure the highest international standards in research, education and teaching. We expect all our community members to respect Aalto values and follow the ethical principles of fair play and integrity in all our activities and the behaviour that we expect from each other. The Aalto University Code of Conduct clarifies the values that guide us and applies to all Aalto community members.

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