Lecturer Digital Design Media in Architecture

Cardiff, Wales
33,199 - 39,609
Oct 10, 2019
Nov 08, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type

Lecturer in Digital Design Media in Architecture
Welsh School of Architecture

The built environment is witnessing a rapid transformation in how it is conceived, designed, and represented. Digital technologies are disrupting and extending traditional methods of working with designs and presenting ideas to different audiences. There is high interest from architects and designers to integrate digital methods and media in their design processes. The Welsh School of Architecture is committed to equipping its students with the intellectual capacity and practical skills that will allow them to play a leading role in future practice and beyond. The School also conducts high quality research in key areas of architecture and the built environment, including humanities, design research, construction, urbanism, heritage and conservation, as well as energy and sustainability. Digital technology has made inroads in all of these areas and promises exciting new ways to explore and communicate contemporary issues in architecture and beyond.
The School wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer with experience of using digital technologies in architecture to further our teaching and research agenda. Given the School's position in the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering, the post holder will have an opportunity to pursue an inter-disciplinary collaborative approach to design thinking through the integration of digital media, representation and communication across the disciplines of architecture, computer science, and engineering.
The post holder will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and to contribute to the profile of the School by carrying out research in digital design representation or in a specialist field in architecture leading to publication in high-quality books and journals. 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 Dr Steve Coombs, Director of Undergraduate Teaching CoombsS@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 November although definite dates will be provided after shortlisting.

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Closing date: Saturday, 9 November 2019

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.

Job Description:
Main Function

To deliver high-quality and research-led teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and contribute to the research record of the School through commitment to carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research, teaching and enterprise and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


• To conduct research in one or more of the following areas:
           • digital representation and communication in architectural design;
           • design research; or
           • an associated area of expertise in architectural research.

• To contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University through the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences 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 present conference/seminar papers at a local and national level.
• To participate in School research activities.


• To deliver teaching in design studio and in the use of digital media for design conception, representation and communication.
• To design and deliver teaching programmes for courses and contribute to module development as part of a module team.
• To carry out other forms of scholarship including work associated with examinations (setting and marking paper and providing constructive feedback to students), administration, participation in committee work, and the pastoral care of students of 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 in a wider debate about the role of digital media and technologies in architectural education and practice.
• 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 enhancement the regional and national profile of the School.
• 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.

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, currently 37th internationally and 5th nationally in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings, retaining a Top 50 position for the fourth consecutive year.

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 sub-panel for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.

Our research underpins the BSc and MArch degree programmes as well as 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.

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 8220BR.

Person Specification:
Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within one or more of the following research fields:
• digital representation and communication in architectural design;
• design research;
• an associated area of expertise in architectural research.

3. Teaching experience at undergraduate/postgraduate level.

4. Knowledge of current status of research in a specialist field in architecture.

5. Proven and recent ability to publish in national journals.

6. Proven ability to be successful in competitive research funding.

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

10. Relevant professional qualification(s), e.g. RIBA.

11. Evidence of collaborations with industry.

12. Proven ability to work without close supervision.

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

14. 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.