Architect Job: Associate Professor in Architecture and Building Performance

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About the vacancy:

The University of the West of England has a leading profile in Architecture and Building Performance research, within the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment. The Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research (CABER) seeks to develop innovative approaches, procedures, technologies and techniques that support the design, management, reconfiguration, maintenance and operation of buildings, their fabric and the environments they create. Sustainability is embedded in all of our research and is one of UWE’s four guiding beacons for research in our 2030 strategy.

The Centre wishes to appoint a permanent post as Associate Professor in Architecture and Building Performance to help develop and contribute to teaching, research, and knowledge exchange.

Suitable applicants for this post will be able to demonstrate expertise in building energy performance, and sustainable, zero carbon design, in the context of architecture and the built environment, and have a substantial national/international record demonstrating subject expertise, excellence and achievement. 

In the recent research assessment REF2021 88% of UWE’s Architecture, Built Environment and Planning research was rated internationally excellent or world leading and ranked 5th nationally for research power. With 100% of our research environment rated 3* or 4* we are creating an outstanding culture for research through our research centres including CABER.  The Centre’s work is delivered through an integrated portfolio of world class research, knowledge exchange and co-generation, science communication, community engagement and training for decision makers at all levels.

The work of the Centre embraces and integrates local, national and international perspectives on sustainability and the built environment, through the inter-related stages of building design and construction, occupation, and life cycle analysis.

Digital design and construction is one of CABERs four key themes; harnessing the power and creativity of Building Information Modelling and digital technologies to develop innovative approaches and high-quality evidence-based tools and techniques to support the design, construction and operation of the built environment to enhance sustainability.

The Centre works with a wide variety of key partners including communities, policy makers, expert practitioners, academics, learned institutions, research councils and organisations concerned with the development of sustainable and resilient communities, building on its extensive networks throughout the UK and internationally. Our work is funded by the EPSRC, Innovate UK, ESRC, AHRC, RICS, DFID, International Property Foundation, British Council, Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and Defra, among others.

As an Associate Professor in Architecture and Building Performance you will be joining a growing and ambitious department that is looking to develop its existing strengths in architecture and building performance to support the growing portfolio of, and opportunities for, such work within its research centres.

All Bristol UWE academics are expected to develop their careers in a combination of learning and teaching, research, scholarly and/or practice activity, knowledge exchange and external engagement alongside academic leadership and citizenship demonstrating UWE Bristol Values in all activities.

About you: The Department of Architecture and the Built Environment is a centre of academic excellence with an established and respected global reputation. Join our supportive community of experienced teaching staff, passionate researchers and experts in practice.

Our award-winning R Block on Frenchay Campus is home to inspiring facilities, from computer-aided design (CAD) studios to modelling workshops. Hone your craft in a space that won the Royal Fine Art Commission ‘Building of the Year’ award for Architectural Education.

Thanks to our strong partnership with the Architecture Centre in Bristol, we’ve built connections with leading experts and practices in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Through regular consultation with local, national and international employers, we offer cutting-edge insight.

We’re discovering new ways to create and manage more sustainable buildings, whether they’re in urban, rural, residential, or commercial spaces. Our environmental research underpins all our teaching, encouraging future architects to focus on sustainability from the outset.

Where is this role based?

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give both our staff and students access to everything they need to succeed – £300m has been invested recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation while we continue to develop incredible new facilities to enhance our offer even further.

Frenchay campus has excellent transport links; as well as being located near the motorway network we are within walking distance of two train stations, our bus terminus connects us to the local bus and metrobus network and we also have a range of cycling and changing facilities.

Bristol is a city that’s famous for its rebellious streak, independent thinking, unique style and edgy creativity. Home to over 460,000 people hailing from 187 different countries – you can find over 91 different languages spoken here, and 45 religions practised. Topping polls on a regular basis, Bristol isn’t just a great place to live, but a great place to work.

Why UWE Bristol?

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with 32,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 4,000 staff from across the globe. We are both globally connected and regionally embedded, with a strong network of employer and partner connections.

We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements include scoring above sector average for student satisfaction, we are ranked 36th in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2022 and 39th in the latest Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables‘.

We are an ambitious and values led university. We’re focused on solving future global challenges through outstanding learning, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise and we are looking for people who share our core values to help us achieve those aims. 

With inclusivity as a core value, UWE Bristol recognises the power of a truly diverse university community. We support and celebrate the diversity of our staff and students as a key driver for innovation and success, promoting pathways and achievements to inspire and generate confidence and ambition.

In addition to progressive pay rates, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including: 

  • a generous holiday allowance of 35 days pro rata if part time
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes
  • access to employee assistance programme
  • ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.
  • Retail savings via the Wider Wallet scheme
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme

We also boast an excellent in-house Learning & Development team who provide a wide variety of in-house training courses and development programmes and our Academic Practice Directorate supports our academic colleagues to ensure the highest in professional teaching standards.

Add your individuality to ours

Proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always on the lookout for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving. Bring your talent and ambition to our growing staff community of over 4,000 individuals and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive. Add your individuality to ours to help set us apart.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic and female candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol however all appointments are made strictly on individual merit.

Further information

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact

Fabia Jeddere-Fisher on 0117 32 81375 or email: [email protected]

This is a permanent post and is full-time working on a 100% contract.

This post is available on a job share basis for applicants wishing to work part time.

UWE Bristol is a campus-based University and it is important for our success and the delivery of an outstanding experience for our students that our campuses are dynamic and vibrant places to learn and spend time. This role is therefore campus based for all of your time, but when not teaching you can work more flexibly.

We are able to sponsor qualifying candidates for this role under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. Please read our Skilled Worker Guidance to assess if you will be eligible to be sponsored under the criteria.

Please also refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable to prove your right to work in the UK. Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to produce your right to work documents at your interview.

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