Lecturer in Architecture

Kingston University



Kingston School of Art


School of Arts

The Role

This is an opportunity to join the teaching team in the Department of Architecture and Landscape in Kingston School of Art. Our courses are very focused on the culture and skills that it takes to make well considered landscapes and buildings. We see this as an exciting time in architecture as the discipline reshapes itself to address the climate crisis. Architectural language and method are being transformed to allow a reconnection with meaning, via a deeper understanding of the climatic, social, and economic consequences of strategic and detailed decisions.

Based at our Knights Park campus, with incredible workshops and making facilities at our disposal, our courses are characterised by both an openness to the possibilities of exploring, making, and representing work, and in the rigours of equipping students to propose architectural projects which are imminently possible. Our department uses tectonics, history, and theory (reading), representation and professional practice as inter-related ways of seeing, understanding, and navigating the subject with each of our staff taking a position of interest in one or more of these in addition to being able to engage with the rounded collegiate discussion of architecture, design, and its interpretation from their own position.

You will plan, deliver, and assess a range of modules, which include but are not limited to, architectural history and theory, professional practice, representation, and tectonics, using a variety of technologies and approaches to deliver a vibrant education to your students that can be translated into real-world skills.

Research is, naturally, a key part of our make-up and you’ll supervise research students and undertake your own research challenges, seeing projects through their entire lifecycle – from developing proposals to producing outputs ripe for publication, and use your research to inform your teaching.

The Person

To be successful in this role, you will have professional practice within Architecture, and be able to contribute to modules in history and theory, professional practice, representation, or tectonics. It could be that you have an interest in more than one of these – which you can develop in post as you develop professionally. We will be looking for evidence of ways of examining the subject that encourage it to be accessed, explored, and propelled by students from a wide diversity of economic and cultural backgrounds.

You will have experience of running or contributing to a design studio, for this we will expect applicants to be able to demonstrate a proven and engaged ability to provoke students with well-constructed and imaginative briefs which do not resile from the tricky realities of resolving spaces, and demonstrating how they might be made.

You will have an ability to discuss architecture in its fullest sense, and an ability to discuss matters of history, professional practice, tectonics etc as part of day-to-day engagement with colleagues and students. We also have courses in Historic Building Conservation – an interest in this area will be welcomed.

If you haven’t already achieved the relevant level of UKPSF (SFHEA) recognition, we’ll need you to do so before the end of your probation period and you’ll be supported to do this through our in-house Learning and Teaching Enhancement Centre.

The Faculty

Kingston School of Art (KSA) has a strong heritage. Since its origins in the late 19th century it has established an exceptional reputation and become one of the UK’s leading art and design educational institutions.

The Faculty combines a dedication to creative risk-taking, innovation and experimentation with a commitment to working with numerous local, national and global partners and collaborators to lead and shape the future of the creative and cultural industries. As an Art School within a university, KSA fuses the benefits of an art and design-focused identity with the ability to be at the forefront of exciting cross-disciplinary developments in diverse areas such as health, business,
engineering and the humanities and social sciences.

Ranked in the top five per cent of the world for art and design education by QS Top Universities, KSA produces globally celebrated alumni, high performing courses, impactful research performance and regularly achieves industry and student awards while engaging with the latest thinking from industry practitioners.

The Faculty works with leading brands and institutions forging exciting partnershipswith organisations like the ICA, the Design Museum and the BFI. More recently, the Faculty has expanded its international presence through partnerships with the Indian Institute of Art and Design and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, America.

Further information

This is a part-time, permanent position working 29.6 hours per week, with a starting salary of £34,549.60 per annum (80% pro rata of £43,187.00).

Interviews are expected to be held on the 12th October 2023.

For informal enquiries, please contact Heba Elsharkawy  Head of Department of Architecture & Landscape.

Bring your true self, expertise, and passion to Kingston where we are continuing to strive to build a university where authentic inclusion and belonging is at its heart. Every one of our staff and students’ identities, backgrounds and diverse experiences makes us who we are – so harness and embrace yours by applying today. We welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ communities and those with disabilities.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required, this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme. 

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