University Professorship (W3) “Building Construction and Design“

Job description

The professorship is part of the collegial management of the institute.

The main responsibility of the professorship is the education of architecture students in the disciplines of design and construction in both the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs. This includes the organization of design studios and the implementation of lectures and seminars as well as the supervision of final theses with a teaching obligation of 9 hours per week per semester. The teaching language is to be German and / or English.

In both its research and its teaching, the professorship aims to develop construction design fundamentals, methodological skills and specialist knowledge in the field of building construction – with a special emphasis on sustainable and circular construction. Contemporary and traditional construction techniques, digital production, and the socio-economic effects of resource extraction are to be taken equally into account.

It is desired that the professorship integrates constructive experiments and prototypical implementations in scales of up to 1:1 into the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs. The goal is to develop a research profile that focuses on construction methods and design principles based on social, economic, ecological, and aesthetic aspects.

The holder of the professorship is to represent the subject of Building Construction and Design comprehensively – this also means externally. An active role in academic self-administration is expected, as is close cooperation with partners from construction practice and, in particular, with the KIT Department of Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences.

Personal qualification

KIT is seeking architects who have distinguished themselves through outstanding architectural work and have proven competence in the design and realization of high-profile buildings. Applicants understand sustainable construction methods as an overriding principle of appropriate and responsible use of resources in the entire planning, construction and utilization process and should have the ability to contribute this knowledge to research and teaching at the KIT Department of Architecture. Very good language skills in German or English are expected, as well as the willingness to learn German or English within a reasonable period of time if necessary.

In addition to the general requirements under employment law, recruitment requirements include a degree in architecture, pedagogical aptitude and teaching skills as well as a special aptitude for academic work, which has been demonstrated by a doctorate, habilitation or equivalent achievements.

Employment is subject to Art. 14, par. (2) of the KIT Act in conjunction with Art. 47 LHG Baden-Württemberg (Act of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges).

 we offer

Organizational unit

Division IV - Natural and Built Environment, Institute for Building Design and Technology (IEB), KIT Department of Architecture

Starting date

April 2025

Contract duration


Application up to

March 18, 2024

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Dirk E. Hebel, e-mail:


Please mail your application with the relevant documents (curriculum vitae, list of own construction and research projects [project portfolio], list of publications, diplomas/certificates, presentation of previous research and teaching activities, presentation of personal understanding of research and teaching with a didactic concept for teaching the contents of the subject Building Construction and Design [research and teaching concept, 2 pages each], statement on scientific honesty) to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Division IV, Head of Division, Prof. Dr. Orphal, Englerstraße 7, 76131 Karlsruhe, preferably in the form of a single PDF file of max. 10 MB by e-mail to:

Furthermore, we ask for the following additional documents: abstract to the application documents (scientific curriculum), and at least one of the most important publications and its summary in digital form (PDF).

An information sheet on the requirements profile of the professorship with regard to teaching and research as well as the template for the abstract of the application documents (Scientific Curriculum) may be requested from the Dean's Office of the KIT Department of Architecture.


Vacancy note: 2332/2023


We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore, we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.

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