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Lecturer in Architecture

Requisition ID:  9841

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  20-Jul-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £35,845.00 - £39,152.00  per annum

Closing Date: Tuesday 17th August 2021


The Role


Newcastle University is home to one of the UK’s most successful and longest-established architecture schools. Approaching its centenary in 2022, our graduates include, for example, Alison and Peter Smithson, Terry Farrell, the Matrix feminist cooperative, and Jo Noero. The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape is undergoing a period of sustained and significant investment in staff appointments and School infrastructure. A recent substantial new workshop and new studio spaces are soon to be supplemented by a public architecture centre and urban room, ‘The Farrell Centre’, and the world’s first experimental biological house, ‘The OME’. The architectural design research culture in Newcastle is spirited and energetic, encompassing for example: award-winning student ‘live’ design and build projects; a PhD by Creative Practice programme which has one of the largest cohorts in the UK; and a design research consultancy, Design Office, included in this year’s Architect’s Journal’s ‘40 Under 40’ listing of ‘the UK’s most exciting emerging architectural talent’. This research programme accompanies long-established undergraduate (BA) and graduate studio courses (MArch; MA Advanced Architectural Design; MA Urban Design; Master of Landscape Architecture; MA in Landscape Architecture Studies). Studios at BA and MArch are diverse and speculative, yet grounded, and the quality of student work has been recognised in many recent awards: RIBA President’s Medals (including the 2016 Bronze Medal and a 2020 Bronze Medal commendation), RIBA Hadrian Medals and various international student competitions. The School consistently attracts students of the best calibre from around the world.


The successful candidate will develop research in their own specialist area and contribute to teaching on the programmes in Architecture. It is essential that the successful applicant can demonstrate excellence in design  teaching and can contribute to developing and enhancing the School’s reputation in this area. The successful applicant will be expected to lead and deliver design studios and modules and make a substantial contribution to teaching in other curriculum areas such as architectural technology, professional practice, or history and theories of architecture.


Informal enquiries may be directed to: Dr Juliet Odgers, Director of Architecture, juliet.odgers@ncl.ac.uk or Professor Adam Sharr, Head of School, adam.sharr@ncl.ac.uk 


Key Accountabilities


  • To engage in research in an area of their expertise, including seeking research funding
  • To engage in teaching across the field of architecture, especially design studio. We particularly welcome candidates who can contribute to one or more of the following areas: architectures from beyond the global West; experimental and digital manufacturing in architecture; digital design, modelling and representation; and design to mitigate climate change.
  • To undertake administrative duties in relation to relevant taught programmes
  • To undertake academic duties as required by the Head of School and subject Director, and contribute to the development of cross-disciplinary teaching within the School
  • To co-supervise research students
  • To participate in initiatives to develop additional income streams through research funding or consultancy
  • To serve on School, Faculty and University committees where appropriate


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Conducting potentially leading research in the field, demonstrating international standards of excellence in terms of originality, significance, and rigour
  • Ability to independently identify research objectives and potential funding sources and prepare and write proposals for funding. High level of competence in oral, visual, and written communication
  • Excellent teaching experience relevant to the field, especially design studio, enthusiastic, reflective and creative pedagogue; experience in student experience and wellbeing issues; engagement with curriculum development and pedagogical innovation; willingness to participate in international field trips
  • Potential to contribute to a curriculum area beyond studio such as architectural technology, professional practice, or history and theories of architecture


  • Refereed academic publications
  • Experience in, or potential for, extending research impact by developing research-based solutions to real-world problems, and engaging with external stakeholders
  • Module or programme leadership in architecture


Attributes and Behaviour

  • A conscientious teacher who develops good relationships with students, conscious of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Track record in working as a good colleague and academic citizen, willing and able to work collaboratively, including across disciplines and with external


  • Collaborative, team-working and organisational skills in both research and the development of new and existing programmes, and pedagogy



  • Excellent undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in architecture or a cognate area


  • Completion of a PhD in a relevant area
  • Membership of ARB, or a cognate international professional accreditation, or eligibility for professional accreditation and/or membership of HEA or a recognised HE teaching qualification


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 9841