NEW EDITOR Journal of Landscape Architecture, with special responsibility for the Under the Sky Section. JoLA, The Journal of Landscape Architecture invites applications for the position of Editor, with special responsibility for the Under the Sky section, dedicated to the critical review of built projects. We are seeking to appoint the new editor by July 1st 2016. Applications are required on April 30 2016, at the latest.
This document outlines the aims of JoLA, the Under the Sky section specifically and the main responsibilities of the Editor position, and a specification for the experience, skills and knowledge that applicants may bring to the post. Details on how to apply are given at the end of the document.
JoLA - The European Journal of Landscape Architecture
Editors: Kamni Gill, University of Sheffield, UK ; Bianca Maria Rinaldi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy; Noel van Dooren (Laurenstein University – stepping down) ; Bruno Notteboom, University of Antwerp, Belgium; Kristóf Fatsar, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary; Janike Kampevold-Larsen, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway; Jörg Rekittke, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Imke van Hellemondt, VU University Amsterdam, Netherland.
Established in 2006, JoLA is the peer-reviewed academic Journal of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). JoLA is published three times a year from 2014 in colour, in paper and electronic form. Cultivated through editorial and review strategy and a unique approach to the graphic design of its content, the aims of JoLA are to provide a platform for outstanding landscape architectural scholarship and research innovation, linking theory to practice.
While publishing articles following established research conventions and written modes of communication JoLA also encourages and publishes unconventional and emerging forms of research enquiry including those employing practiced-based methodologies, those having their origins in visual and artistic practices and media (Thinking Eye), and those espousing new method and rigour for the developing field of landscape architectural criticism (Under the Sky). Under the Sky Deciphering projects is as intimately linked to conception and design as reading is to writing. This peer reviewed scholarly critique section aims to develop critical reading of projects as a basis for landscape architecture research. Critique is intended as a way to stimulate debate and to make a contribution to theory building in landscape architecture. Critical reading of any built landscape architecture project under the sky may be submitted, on any scale from territory to garden, anywhere in the world. Personal argumentation should be built upon close description and spatial analysis of concrete situations as well as investigation about invisible aspects of the project. The selected project(s) should not simply be described as a finished product, but also interpreted as a process, in light of site transformations and the original commission. Different stakeholders’ (commissioning clients, users, and the like) and designers’ points of view should be discussed. Explicit reflections about methods of critique are welcomed as well, to question the specific aspects of landscape architectural criticism in Landscape architecture, which is an under-exploited field. Graphic and visual discourse is considered a key element in the argumentation (i.e., more than mere illustration). Critical review of completed works is considered as equal to, and edited as stringently as, any other research essay or academic paper.
The Role of JoLA Editor Under the Sky General
• Work closely with other Editors forming the Editorial team, to maintain and advance standards, innovation and aims of the Journal, including taking part in at least one editorial meeting per year in diverse European locations.
• Promote JoLA to the wider academic community of landscape architecture and related disciplines and practices.
• Ideally: attend the annual ECLAS conference.
For Under the Sky:
• Edit the Under the Sky section, from submission, through review, to publication.
• Cultivate submissions to this experimental section of the Journal.
• Cultivate academic reviewers who have a strong interest in project deciphering and landscape architectural criticism.
• Keep abreast of important case studies and paradigms in the discipline, by examining ordinary projects, being informed about current production and by revisiting precedents.
• Develop with authors new ways of seeing places and bring new methods of critical reflection to the field of landscape architectural research.
What JoLA is looking for in candidates for the Editor position:
Candidates will normally hold an academic post in landscape architecture at a European University or Institution. They will ideally have experience of research in the field of landscape architecture criticism and project analysis. Preference will be given to those who have a dynamic breadth of interest, and a track record in both landscape architecture practice and academic research, though we are also open to and interested in early career landscape architects/thinkers if they demonstrate such potential. You will ideally have knowledge of the academic peer review process and some experience in reviewing papers for academic journals, and you will need good written communication skills, and a reasonably good level of English.
VITALLY: The Editor position requires someone who will enjoy working closely with the editorial team and who has enthusiasm to help shape JoLA by upholding our mission to sustain a platform for innovative research at the practice theory interface in landscape architecture and allied fields.
Applications for the Editor Position
Please send your application via email with a single PDF attachment set out in the following order:
1. Contact/Address details and Letter of Application summarizing your interest in the Editor position, relevant background and experience, and your aspirations for Under the Sky and JoLA, and the approach you would bring to bear as a JoLA Editor, in no more than 700 words (excluding word count for contact details).
2. Academic Curriculum Vitae including Publications, Projects, Exhibitions and highlighting your possible contribution to the field of landscape architecture criticism. * in English or translated/summarized into English. Kindly provide a copy of/ link to the mentioned piece.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS April 30 2016. We will interview candidates in late spring with the aim of making an appointment by JULY 30, 2016.