The EMiLA Fellowship at Ecole nationale supérieure de paysage (ENSP) Versailles 2022-2023
The EMiLA Fellowship at Ecole nationale supérieure de paysage (ENSP) Versailles is awarded annually to an emerging or an already-established landscape architect, whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design to take an important role in transformations of public realm at territorial and/or urban scale. The position is a one-year position at half-time or a full-time position over one semester. The teaching language is English and/or French depending on the studios selected and the candidate’s linguistic capacities.
ENSP Versailles-Marseille :
Ecole nationale supérieure de paysage has educated landscape architects at The Potager du Roi in Versailles since 1974 at the demand of the Ministry of Agriculture and created a new corpus of landscape architects capable of answering to urban, suburban and agrarian modernisation and the challenges of the environmental crisis. The school educates students to the highest level. Each year around 50 students obtain an internationally recognised master’s degree in landscape architecture named DEP (Diplôme d’Etat de Paysagiste). There are 40 permanent teachers and over 200 specialists as well as professional bodies contributing to the rich field of teaching practice. The school’s area of specialisation is within project-orientated design teaching. Emphasis is placed on the physical, geographical and human uses of the landscape. We focus attention on the opportunities inherent to the site, its surface topography and hydrology, ecology, as well as the invisible relationships such as the dialogue with cultural history. We strive to develop our thinking by understanding a ‘sense of place’ and this approach is fundamental to our ethos as we conceptualise and select projects. The work finds focus in large-scale contemporary landscape issues, such as nature in city, sub-urban expansion, agrarian transformation in rural and sub-rural areas as well a project-orientated understanding of the agricultural and natural dynamics in France’s different regions, all framed by the paramount demands of climate change and environmental crisis. At ENSP, 50% of our teaching is design-orientated the other 50% deals with four major multi disciplinary fields: social sciences, ecology/garden management, techniques and arts. The school also has a research laboratory, LAREP, with 14 multi-disciplinary researchers working on diverse landscape issues. LAREP works on two main axes of investigation: Knowledge and Design Processes “Savoirs et Pratiques du projet de paysage” and Landscape Policies “Action publique et projet de paysage”. LAREP offers a PhD in Landscape Architecture Sciences and has 15 PhD candidates.
The EMiLA team:
EMiLA (European Master in Landscape Architecture) is a Master’s Degree run and shared by five leading European schools and universities in the field of Landscape Architectural design:
- Amsterdam University of the Arts (AUA) / Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (AHK)
- Universitat Polytècnica de Catalunya (UPC) / Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura (ETSAB) / Escola Superior d’Agricultura de Barcelona (ESAB)
- The University of Edinburgh / Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) / The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA)
- Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) / Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft - École nationale supérieure de paysage (ENSP) Versailles - Marseille
The aim of this Master program is to foster students to be more aware of the European dimensions in landscape at policy level as well as at large/territorial-scale through design practice. Through this process, the students begin to better understand our cultural landscape differences, but also, how important landscape issues cross through national borders and require Pan-European reflections and strategies. Moreover, the curriculum offers students to learn from other universities’ pedagogic methods and it enables them to begin to build up their own future professional network in an international context. (www.emila.eu)
The ambition of the EMiLA Fellowship is to bring forth and foster emerging design educators whose work embody the potential for landscape as a relevant medium of design. While the main body of work will take place at ENSP Versailles, the EMiLA Fellow will also have an active role in reinforcing the partnerships between the EMiLA institutions via different activities.
Agenda of the Fellowship:
The candidate will take part in;
- The EMiLA Summer School and/or in academic activities at one of the EMiLA partner schools - 1-2 Design Studios* at Master 1 level, depending on the length and moment of stay - Conduct a reflective report** on the EMiLA Fellowship with emphasis on the experiences around the Design Studios
* see the end of the document
** Due to changes in the pedagogic program or if the candidate is researching on a specific landscape topic, changes and adaptation to the agenda can be provided.
The EMiLA Fellow will be appointed:
- Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Ecole nationale supérieure de paysage on the site of Versailles for the academic year 2022-2023.
- It is a part-time position. The position can be negotiated to be a full-time position during one semester (5 months) or a half-time position during the length of an academic year (10 months). In both cases it will include 192 contact hours.
- The candidate receives a French salary: depending on the candidate’s curriculum this can vary from gross salary of 11500€ to 15 000€
- ENSP Versailles can offer help in questions related to organising accommodation. - The candidate is expected to be in residence from early September 2022 till June 2023 if on half time / from early September 2022 till late January 2023 or from early February 2023 till June 2023 if full-time.
Landscape architects and designers from allied design professions who can demonstrate a significant engagement with landscape as a medium of design are invited to apply. Candidates active in academic and professional domains are both welcome. Candidates from practice should show links/ambitions with teaching.
The Selection Process:
A jury composed of staff from Ecole nationale supérieure de paysage will select the 2022-2023 Fellow. The two-stage competition process will first identify a short-list of three finalists who then will be invited to interviews (video-call or in Versailles) in late May. The Jury will recommend a winner to be announced publicly in late May/early June 2021.
How to Apply:
Please submit the following application materials in the form of a single PDF (not larger than 25 MB):
- Curriculum vitae and contact information for 3 references
- Digital portfolio of design and other relevant work
- Two-page document describing pedagogical ideas and the general positioning of the candidate in relation to teaching landscape architectural design in the 21st century.
Please name the pdf as follows; EMiLA_Fellowship22-23_Lastname_Firstname.pdf Submit the pdf by email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to Apply:
8th of May 2022, 23:59 ECT
For enquiries :
- Lauri Mikkola, email@example.com
ENSP DESIGN STUDIOS ON MASTER 1 LEVEL
Atelier 5, Park in a City
1st semester (Semester in English), 78h
Atelier Director : Lauri Mikkola
Atelier Description (2021) : Public city parks have since some 200 years been one of the most important entities of open landscapes in the urban contexts which during this period have been rapidly growing, densifying and developing. These parks have never been simply green spaces but have always presented a physical manifestation of the philosophical, cultural and scientific ideas of the time of their conception. They have been and they remain places where our relationship to the living environment and nature is intentionally and unintentionally revealed. In contrast to gardens and private pleasure grounds of the privileged classes of the past, city parks are and have always been designed for the common good and thus also providing concrete services to the communities concerned, ranging from hygiene, physical health and psychological well-being of an individual citizens to serving as node points in urban ecosystems, providing the grounds for public gatherings and the scenography for the daily urban life.
Throughout the respective history of these public landscapes they have always held a quality of ‘otherness’ in comparison to the surrounding city. They have and continue to evoke different spheres of imagination, they invite to slow down and to rest, to linger and run, to play and fall. City parks ideally provide a democratic and shared ground for all citizens, different communities and forms of life. In terms of their landscape architectural composition, city parks have at times strongly contrasted the built structures of the surrounding city, on other occasions they have directly mirrored them, at times emphasizing connections and opening towards it, at times closing in to create an introverted and independent reality. They have played important roles in shaping identities of districts and entire cities, they have been essential instruments in safeguarding collective memories and at times pointing towards possible future forms of urban life.
The atelier 5 ask the students to consider the following questions. What are the definitions and roles of a city park in the contemporary world? Towards what should they evolve? How can these ideas and reflections be translated into the context of the Marcel Cachin Park in Saint-Denis?
Atelier 6, Explore the World
1st semester (Semester in English), 78h
Atelier Director : Lauri Mikkola
Atelier Description (2021) : Atelier 6 «Explore the World» is the 2nd design studio of the semester in English. It invites students on a 7-week digital voyage and discovery of foreign landscapes under the dynamics of climate change. This year the students are divided into three different groups, each working on their own site. The sites are in New York (USA), Kent (UK) and Qazvin (Iran). Whilst dealing with and opening towards a variety of site specific subjects, all the three sites are joint by key challenges related to hydrography and climate change.
The atelier has three principal learning outcomes, which are shared by the three groups :
1. Exploring project tools
- Exploring, analysing and forming an understanding of a site in another cultural and geographical context via digital tools and other desk research. Finding novel ways to interpretate and represent the singular qualities of the site without a site visit.
2. Design development on large scale
- Structuring a large scale (+100ha) site by proposing an open-ended landscape framework and/or work with future scenario building. This work has to address the dynamics of climate change.
3. Time-based strategies
- Building time-based strategies for the site relevant to landscape architecture. These can address linear and/or cyclical time.
Atelier 7, Territory under Metropolitain Influence
2nd Semester, 169h