Lecturer- Architectural Design

Updated: about 23 hours ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Welsh School of Architecture

Teaching & Research


Lecturer- Architectural Design

The Welsh School of Architecture wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer who has experience in Architectural Design. The post holder will be expected to deliver high-quality and research-led teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and to contribute to the research record of the School by carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in peer-reviewed journals and books. The successful candidate will pursue excellence in research, teaching and enterprise and inspire others to do the same.

The position is full-time (35 hours per week) and is open ended.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Chris Tweed (Head of School) TweedAC@Cardiff.ac.uk or Catherine Parker (PA to Head of School) Parkerc6@cardiff.ac.uk

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 6 scale.

Salary:  £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)

Shortlisted Candidates will be interviewed in June although definite dates will be provided after shortlisting.

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Closing date: Saturday, 7 August 2021

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only.  We now invite external applications.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

“Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/our-research-environment/integrity-and-ethics/responsible-research-assessment”

Job Description

Main Function: To deliver research-led teaching   mainly in the Year 1 of the Undergraduate programme level and contribute to the research record of the School through commitment to carrying out research leading to the publishing of research. To pursue excellence in research, teaching and enterprise and to inspire others to do the same.   

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

•  To conduct research within architecture, specialising in one or more of the following;

• design
• construction and technologies
•  history and theory
• representation and communication
• digital methods

•   To contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals, conferences and/or other research outputs, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
•    To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals
•    To give conference/seminar papers at a local and national level
•    To participate in School research activities. 

•    To focus on the pedagogic direction of BSc Year 1 (ARB/ RIBA Part 1) and student development within diverse issues that inform architecture, studio environment and independent, student-centred learning.
•    To design and deliver teaching programmes for courses and contribute to module development as part of a module team
•    To be engaged in a variety of scholarship including work associated with examinations (setting and marking exam papers and coursework as well as providing constructive feedback to students), administration, and participation in committee work, at Cardiff University.
•    To inspire undergraduate and postgraduate students under the guidance of a mentor / module leader and develop skills in assessment methods and in providing constructive feedback to students.
•    To supervise the work of students including the supervision of Undergraduate and Master’s students and the co-supervision of PGR’s
•    To act as a Personal Tutor and provide pastoral support to students

•    To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
•    To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance in the role of Lecturer.
•    To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
•    Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria 

Qualifications and Education
1.    An undergraduate degree in Architecture and a postgraduate degree, at PhD level, or relevant industrial/professional experience in an area relevant to architectural design.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
2.    An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within one or more of the the following research fields in architecture :
• Design
• Construction and technologies
• History and theory
• Representation and communication
• Digital methods

3.    Teaching experience at undergraduate/postgraduate level

4.    Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field

5.    Proven ability to publish in national journals and/or other research outputs

6.    Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies

7.    Ability to contribute to the delivery and continued development of modules across the Schools teaching programmes

Pastoral, Communication and Team Working
8.    Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication

9.    The ability to provide appropriate pastoral support to students, appreciate the needs of individual students and their circumstances and to act as a personal tutor

Desirable Criteria 

1. Minimum professional qualification(s) of ARB/ RIBA part 2, or equivalent 

2. Evidence of collaborations with practice/ industry. 

3. Proven ability to work without close supervision 

4. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.  

5. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the teaching and research activities of the School.  

6. A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration. 

Additional Information

The Welsh School of Architecture

The Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) is consistently ranked amongst the top schools of architecture in published UK and Worldwide league tables and has been ranked within the top 50 of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings for the past 4 consecutive years.

The WSA also had 90% of its research impact judged as outstanding (4*) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). This placed us at the top of the table for impact in the assessment panel for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.

Our research underpins the BSc and MArch degree programmes as well as the specialisms we teach through advanced Masters programmes that cater to graduates across the broad spectrum of built environment professions. We set high standards for our students and expect great things from them, this is why we stand by the quality of our graduates and are proud of what they achieve.

The distinctiveness of this School lies in its tradition of combining creativity with the understanding needed to realise designs through practice, its reputation for high quality research, the calibre of its staff and in its unique location in a friendly, liveable and affordable capital city that is a gateway to the stunning landscape of Wales.

Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.  Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 11729BR.

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