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The Manchester School of Architecture is ranked 5th in the prestigious QS world university rankings and enjoys the unique context of being a collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.
The School is characterised by excellence, ambition, boldness, inquisitiveness, innovation, and social justice and responsibility. These facets generate a unique blend and balance between research led teaching, impressive and relevant research outputs (84% of research activity is world leading or internationally excellent), and extensive professional industry links, all of which encourage our students to cultivate their own unique approach to architecture and their careers thereafter. Imagination, we take it seriously! The School was responsible for 3 of the 9 impact case studies returned with Art & Design in the last REF, namely; “A neighbourhood model for age-friendly policy and practice: engaged design and research for urban ageing”, “Heritage action: discovering, preserving and celebrating post-war modern architecture”, and “Complex sustainable futures: disruptive technologies in urban transformation”.
The specific role is as a Senior Lecturer in our Flux Atelier which is concerned with how Architecture can activate a state of change. The next generation of city makers will need to find new ways of working if we are to build a more equal society and mitigate climate change. We ask our students to consider: Who is the city for? Who is the future for and why? How can we change it? The Atelier teaching team collaborate with developers and practitioners to investigate how to transform their city. The core themes we investigate are temporality, situated practice and open urbanism. Examples of student work can be found at: https://www.msa.ac.uk/study/ateliers/flux/
You will be responsible for the leadership of one of the FLUX Atelier cohorts (BA3, M.Arch1, or M.Arch2), as well as be an active involvement contributing to shaping the future direction of the Atelier with other core staff and actively contributing to the FLUX research and knowedge exchange cluster. Alongside your teaching in the Flux Atelier you be required to teach design studio in the BA Architecture programme (or elsewhere in the School) for one day per week.
The successful candidate will:
- Have urbanism and architecture teaching and design skills commensurate with teaching at the leading edge of architecture education.
- Have a strong understanding of urbanism, with a body of built environment projects that includes designs, engagement or research that challenge the way things are usually done and could contribute towards establishing an open urbanism.
- Demonstrate a strong track record in citizen engagement, incremental and meanwhile transformation of cities (temporality and open urbanism)
- Demonstrate excellence in a range of analogue, improvisational and open practices/design methods. (Situated Practice)
- Bring your own matters of concern/care and modes of practice that can broaden FLUX teaching and contribute to the FLUX research and knowledge exchange cluster.
Previous teaching experience is essential to meet the requirements of a Senior Lecturer position.
You will have exceptional inter-personal and communication qualities, excellent organisational and administrative skills, and a collaborative approach to working.
To apply, please submit your CV and Covering Letter via our application portal, maximum 2 pages for each document (no portfolio required). Interviews are planned for the afternoon of 30th October 2023
Informal discussions can be held with Atelier leader Dan Dubowitz via [email protected]