The Independent School for the City is a foundation, which is led by a Director together with a Dean Team of 4 members. They serve as representatives of the school and together decide upon the School’s strategic direction and its programme. The foundation is governed by a Board, currently consisting of four members who work independently and unpaid. The Board applies the Governance Code Culture, the Fair Practice Code and the Code Cultural Diversity to its (own) functioning and that of the School’s staff.
Profile of the new Board member
We are looking for an additional fifth Board member with substantive knowledge of trends and developments in urban and cultural research or design. We are specifically looking for someone who has gained experience of working in the Global South, preferably of a younger generation (below 40), and who can reflect and contribute from that perspective to the further development of the Independent School for the City.
As a board member you will contribute to the school at a strategic level and will function as a sounding board for the School’s Director and the Dean Team. The candidate is up to date with the most recent developments in urban research and social developments, is sharp in their analyses, dares to ask critical questions and is open to new insights and feedback. The members of the board function as ambassadors for the Independent School for the City and contribute to expanding the School’s network and funding opportunities. The board meets three times a year in Rotterdam, but it is also possible to participate remotely.
Interested in joining the Board of the Independent School for the City?
Send an email to info[at]schoolforthecity.nl before the 08 April 2022
About the Independent School for the City
The Independent School for the City is a post-graduate educational platform for urban research, development and activism, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The school is initiated by Crimson Historians and Urbanists and ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles) and is rooted in their practices of combining a critical and activist approach to effect real change in the city through architectural and planning projects. The Independent School for the City is founded on a strong belief in an incremental instead of a tabula rasa approach to city planning which blurs the lines between critique and practice on the one hand, and research and policy on the other. Through a diverse series of activities, the Independent School for the City offers a modular program for an international group of professionals, students and other interested parties with a background in urban studies such as architecture, sociology, history, photography, art or urban planning. The Independent School for the City is deliberately not academically accredited, for it to function unimpededly as an academic sanctuary that gives its participants and teachers the opportunity for personal development, and that creates the flexibility to respond directly to current events.