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Professor (Design practices) in Fashion Design
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Date Posted Oct. 30, 2020
Title Professor (Design practices) in Fashion Design
University Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Helsinki, Finland
Department Department of Design
Application Deadline Dec. 7, 2020
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2021
  • Prof of Practice/Clinical Prof
  • Design - Fashion & Textile Design
    Art Education

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 a global leader in higher education in design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and art. We produce world-class research in fields such as art education, design and design thinking, digital media and visual culture, urban planning and architecture. Our graduates are innovators in and beyond their fields, drawing from over a century of tradition, a humane and forward-looking approach, and the latest technologies. Our new campus in Espoo, just west of Helsinki, makes working together within and across disciplines easier than ever before.

The Department of Design is a diverse community of competent, creative and responsible individuals. We appreciate technical skill, social significance and artistic expression. We educate front-line design professionals and visionaries for established, changing and emerging fields of design. We constantly improve our expertise through high-level research in collaboration with our stakeholders. We strive towards a sustainable and just society and environment (

The Department of Design invites applications for the position of:

Professor (Design practices) in Fashion Design

The Department of Design is looking for a professor with a strong professional portfolio in fashion design and teaching experience in higher education. The successful candidate will be appointed for a fixed five-year term with the title of Professor (Design Practices). The appointment will begin as soon as possible, at the latest in August 2021.

Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design is one of the leading and most internationally known MA programmes at Aalto University. Our students’ works are frequently awarded and featured in fashion media. The recruitment aims to ensure the successful development and continuation of the nationally and globally acknowledged field and the internationally recognized Aalto fashion phenomenon. The Professor in Fashion Design will be a leading name in fashion, driven to ensure the dynamic and constant renewal of the field. The field is characterized by artistic creativity and continuously growing awareness of sustainability in its many facets. We seek a visionary and forward-looking fashion professional with international experience in the fashion industry, pedagogical competence to further the success of our students and experience in research and/or cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Your role and goals

The title ‘Professor (Design Practices)’ provides Aalto University’s departments with the possibility to hire highly qualified professionals to develop their areas of teaching, design work and/or research, and to re-evaluate and dynamically advance their field. In general, these professors are expected to be active designers and/or researchers, use the latest knowledge and developments as a basis for their teaching, and follow the developments and achievements in their field. The professors are expected to be active members of the Aalto University community and of society in Finland and internationally.

The position will require relocation to Finland for candidates not already living in the country.

Your experience

The applicant is expected to have significant design qualifications, wide practical experience in Fashion Design and active networks in the field. In addition, the applicant is expected to have a strong and well-articulated vision regarding the field and the ways it could be developed further. Pedagogical experience in higher education is expected. We also highly appreciate professional experience of development activities and academic/applied research in design-related fields, and collaboration with different stakeholders. Design merits will be emphasized in the selection process: the applicant is expected to have at least master’s-level artistic/design qualifications, good knowledge of relevant theories, and wide practical experience in the field.

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the following areas: design merits; teaching, research and collaborative skills; and active participation and leadership in the professional or academic design community. The position requires a fluent command of both written and spoken English.

What we offer

The Professor will be part of an inspiring and supportive community of experienced professionals and highly motivated students. The Professor will also have the opportunity to use the Department’s extensive networks both nationally and internationally, and enjoy our great resources to build educational workshops, master classes and student productions with the help of our production service, Aalto Studios (

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities, but applicants may also make salary requests. As an employer, Aalto University offers excellent learning and development opportunities, occupational health care services, a commuter ticket benefit, and versatile sports and exercise services.

Ready to apply?

To apply, we kindly ask you to submit your application materials through our recruitment system on 7 December 2020 (Eastern European time UTC +2) at the latest. For application link, please see the webpage for job:…. The following application materials should be submitted in English (in the pdf format):

  • A motivation letter
  • A Curriculum Vitae that follows the guidelines by the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity:
  • A design portfolio including five of your most relevant design projects in a single PDF file.
  • A statement: a brief (max. 1,000 words) overview of your ideas regarding the future development of the field and how these might be implemented in a Master’s programme.
  • A list of research/design publications, if applicable (indicate the most important five with an asterisk)

The recruitment process will consist of three phases. In the first phase, Aalto University will go through all applications and request supplementary materials from some of the applicants. In the second phase, the supplemented applications will be reviewed by external experts. Based on the application materials and external evaluations, the Departmental Committee will invite the most suitable applicants to the third phase where they will visit the Department of Design and deliver teaching demonstrations in the spring of 2021 if this is possible in light of the pandemic (if not, the teaching demonstrations will be delivered remotely).
For more information

If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Chair of the Departmental Committee, Associate Professor Maarit Mäkelä (maarit.makela(at) If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi (katja.korpinurmi(at)

About Finland

Finland is an excellent place to live – it is a safe, politically stable, and well-organised Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in terms of the quality of life: and was just listed as the happiest country in the world: For more information about living in Finland, please visit the university website:

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Contact Information

  • Associate Professor Maarit Mäkelä
    Department of Design
    Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
    Otaniementie 14, Espoo


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