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Potential and quality of lasting professional integration (expected length of work contract)
Continuity in research activity is essential in order to keep the networks the fellow has developed. Since the spectrum of research of the applicant has been relatively wide, so are the networks the fellow has been active in. Some of these networks relate to earthquake engineering, others to heritage architecture, particularly architecture of the 20th century. The approach to heritage architecture was multi-, inter- and cross-disciplinary, and so are the networks. It successfully covered, as the publications show, subjects as different as the sociology of architecture in Western Europe and the economic efficiency of seismic retrofit measures in Bucharest, Romania. But it was always focused on housing buildings and their environment, up to the landscape.
The training through research during the reintegration grant will not cover all the networks the applicant has developed over almost eight years of research since graduation. It will focus on heritage architecture, the field in which the newest initiatives are placed.
The issue of preservation of the architectural heritage, the topic of the Marie Curie Fellowship, builds a bridge between the basic education of the fellow in architecture, and the research the fellow was in contact with during her undergraduate studies (Collaborative Research Centre on “Preservation of Historically Relevant Constructions”) and the focus on earthquake engineering, during the initial research training at the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) in frame of the Research Training Network “Natural Disasters”, since the host institution of the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship is active in earthquake engineering but pays a particular attention to the built heritage, as it is indispensable in Italy and Europe in general. The reintegration grant will follow the same direction, of built heritage, without the earthquake engineering component, since the concrete heritage of the early XXth century, subject of the initial fellowship, is not limited to earthquake prone areas in Europe and it was observed that the common characteristics were not dictated by earthquake resilient buildings, so the answer will be looked for in societal issues.
Returning to a field which directly builds on the initial education of the applicant, in which she graduated (architecture) will enhance the chances for job stability since positions at universities, connected to teaching, tend to be rather disciplinary than interdisciplinary. Interdisciplinary work builds a plus when working on a disciplinary position.
The applicant so far did research work, without teaching, except of the supervision of two graduation works and of an individual study. For obtaining a university position experience in teaching is essential.
The expected career development is to practice teaching and consulting at the host institution, continuing after the reintegration grant if necessary, until a suitable position at a university or a better position in industry becomes available. The host institution is in continuous development opening outlets in the whole country. The experienced gathered through this kind of work will help obtaining such a position, but accompanying teaching with research is essential, therefore the reintegration grant will help to keep the line pursued so far by the fellow near the diversification with teaching.
On networking level it is envisaged to get access, apart of the DOCOMOMO network, contact with which has been provided for also during the initial Marie Curie Fellowship, to the network of ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Sites), which is possible only over the national chapters of the organisation, for which continuity on one position in a country is of help.