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Lectureship in Urban Design

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 13th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £36,385 - £40,927 per annum
  • REF: 11181
  • Closes: 11th October 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Part Time

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: £36,385 – £40,927 per annum

Closing Date: Monday 11th October 2021

The Role

Newcastle University is home to one of the UK’s most successful and longest-established schools of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Approaching its centenary in 2022, design 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 urban room and architecture centre, ‘The Farrell Centre’, and the world’s first experimental biological house, ‘The OME’. The 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 2020’s Architect’s Journal ’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 (MA Urban Design; MArch; MA Advanced Architectural Design; Master of Landscape Architecture; MA in Landscape Architecture Studies), programmes in Planning (BA, MPlan, MSc) and interdisciplinary undergraduate (BA) programmes in Architecture & Urban Planning and Geography & Planning. Studio work is diverse and speculative, yet grounded, and the quality of student work has been recognised in many recent awards. The School consistently attracts students of the best calibre from around the world.

You will contribute to teaching on programmes in Urban Design and develop their own area of scholarship. 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 urban design history and theory, urban studies, ecology and climate literacy, digital representation and/or manufacturing, materials and detailing, or professional practice and ethics.

This role is part time at 18.5 hours per week.

For informal queries, please contact:

Dr. Zan Gunn, Director of Planning – zan.gunn@newcastle.ac.uk


Dr. Paola Gazzola, Head of School – paola.gazzola@newcastle.ac.uk

Key Accountabilities

• To engage in teaching across the field of Urban Design, especially design studio
• To undertake administrative duties in relation to relevant taught programmes
• To undertake academic duties as required by the Head of School and subject Directors, and contribute to the development of cross-disciplinary teaching within the School
• To develop scholarship activities in an area of their expertise
• 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

• 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 urban design history and theory, urban studies, ecology and climate literacy, digital representation and/or manufacturing, materials and detailing, or professional practice and ethics
• Digital representation skills, to include for example Revit, Sketchup, Adobe Creative Suite

• Practice experience in urban design
• Refereed academic publications
• Experience in, or potential for, extending teaching and scholarship impact by engaging with external stakeholders
• Module or programme leadership in urban design

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


• Excellent undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Urban Design or a cognate area

• Completion of a PhD in a relevant area
• A national or 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 colleagues 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.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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