Research in architecture and interior architecture in the Faculty of Arcitecture and Arts is clustered in the research group ArcK, in which PhD students, together with senior researchers, designers, and professors conduct fundamental and applied research in the built environment, from an interior space to a city. With a focus on important societal challenges, the research of ArcK is organized in five thematic research lines: Designing for More (human-centered design), Trace (adaptive-reuse), Sustainability (sustainability in the use of energy and materials), Spatial Capacity Building (participation) and Frame (artistic research).
Due to the high amount of embodied energy in construction materials, the depletion of natural resources, and the enormous waste generation, there is a growing need for regenerative and less conventional building materials and construction methods. In the Sustainability group of the research group ArcK, both the practical applicability of these materials as well as material experience as a trigger for selection of regenerative materials are studied. Depending on the expertise and interest of the candidate, one of following research themes is further investigated.
In a first research project, the applicability of less conventional and regenerative construction materials and techniques, such as earth or wood construction, is studied, taking into account sustainability demands and the architectural preferences of Flemish architects. Constructive concepts, building elements and construction joints are analyzed, verified, adjusted and further developed, based on context-dependent requirements and minimizing the ecological impact. Executional aspects and in situ performance are analyzed and optimized. The aim of the research is to develop guiding principles that will increase the uptake of non-conventional building materials with a lower environmental impact in the Flemish context.
A second research project focusses on “material experience” of regenerative and less conventional materials. Besides the technical material properties, sensorial experience and material induced perceptions, associations and emotions play an important role when selecting materials. In this project, material experience of less conventional materials, such as earth, is studied. By research by design, opportunities for the application of these materials are explored, based on the visual and tactile sensation of the materials and the material specific properties. In this way, regenerative building materials are developed that are appreciated by the users and the uptake of these materials in the Flemish building practice can be increased.
You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.
2 x 2 years with mid-term evaluation.
You can only apply online up to and including 01 December 2019.
The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on application file and an interview.
|Titel||PhD student Regenerative building materials and construction techniques for contemporary sustainable architecture|
|Job location||Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt|
|Publicerad||oktober 18, 2019|
|Sista ansökningsdatum||december 1, 2019|
|Ämnen||Arkitektur,   Materialteknik,   Väg- och vattenbyggnad,   Byggnadsteknik  |