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"Architecture and Society" - University of Liechtenstein strengthens core topics

As of April 1, 2021, architectural sociologist Dr. Lindsay Blair Howe will become a new assistant professor (tenure track) at the Institute of Architecture and Planning. With this appointment, the University of Liechtenstein is expanding its social science competencies for the benefit of society.


Dr. Lindsay Blair Howe prevailed in a competitive appointment process against 51 international applicants. Lindsay Howe convinced the appointment committee, which consisted of international scientists, representatives of the Liechtenstein professional association, members from various institutes of the university, and the student body, above all by her high professional competence, her confident appearance, and her application-oriented, sociological focus.

"With the establishment of an assistant professorship for architecture and society, the University of Liechtenstein is consistently strengthening the priority topics of society, planning, and responsibility, which are anchored in the university's ownership strategy and development planning," said University Council President Dr. Klaus Tschütscher. Through the professorship, interface topics between architecture and planning on the one hand and the economic sciences on the other hand will be addressed. Core questions on the effects of climate change, demographic change, new forms of mobility, as well as digitalization and its effects on the built environment, quality of life and the attractiveness of Liechtenstein as a location are the focus.

In recent years, Howe, who was born in the United States, has conducted research primarily at ETH Zurich and at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, on issues of socio-spatial inequality and the interactions between global urbanization processes and local processes of spatial production. "I am delighted about the interdisciplinary enrichment for the Institute of Architecture and Planning and the entire university," said Rector Prof. Dr. Ulrike Baumöl. "With Lindsay Blair Howe, we have been able to attract a distinguished young scientist who will make a weighty contribution to Liechtenstein and the region with her inter- and transdisciplinary expertise."