This appointment is for a permanent lectureship to deliver and develop our teaching and research in the area of Urban Design within the Department of Planning and Environmental Management in the School of Environment, Education and Development. We welcome applications from individuals committed to high quality teaching and research in urban design. The appointee would be expected to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, particularly contributing to existing course units on our MSc Urban Design and International Planning programme, as well as supervising relevant undergraduate dissertations and master’s design dissertations. The appointee would also play an active role in the Manchester Urban Design LAB [MUD-Lab], contributing to the broad range of urban design related activities and outputs. S/he will also be expected to undertake a range of administrative and pastoral duties. Suitable candidates should have a strong background in teaching urban design in a studio environment; we particularly welcome interest from those with professional practice experience in urban design or related technical design disciplines.
Candidates should be able to evidence their ability to deliver design studios; teach, supervise, and criticize [crits] applied urban design projects through analysis, frameworks, and design development; Utilize, and teach, technical design skills/software including technical drawing, hand-sketching, 3D physical model-making, Adobe Creative Suite [in particular illustrator and InDesign], AutoCAD, and SketchUp; and work effectively as part of an established teaching team to design and deliver content and projects. All candidates should include in their applications to an Urban Design Portfolio. This portfolio should demonstrate your understanding of the process of urban design practice. It can include your own design work and/or student work you have directly supervised [please be clear when using work that is not your own]. The portfolio should provide clear evidence of your technical skills [including applied urban design techniques, core design software, technical drawing, and hand/urban-sketching], urban design analysis, design development and proposals, visualization and presentation skills, and your commitment to contextually responsive design interventions across multiple scales in the built environment. It should be presented at A3 landscape format and be a maximum of 12 pages – It must not exceed a file size limit of 20MB.
• Engage in high quality and world-leading research in the broad area of urban design, publishable in top international journals, and engage in high quality research grant applications.
• Provide research-led teaching in the area of Urban Design, including program and curriculum review and development, to ensure our teaching continues to be innovative and of high quality.
• Teach in a variety of settings including design studio, on-site workshops, design crits, lectures, tutorials, seminars, field trips and virtual learning environments (VLE) such as Blackboard.
• Work collegially as part of the Urban Design teaching team and contribute to the established urban design studio-environment – as well as actively engage with the ongoing work and research of the Manchester Urban Design LAB.
• Develop student skills in a range of practical applied urban design approaches, design techniques and software, 3D modeling, the design crit process, portfolio development, and visual presentation.
• Tutor students through complete applied urban design projects at different scales, providing design feedback regularly in the form of oral, written, and illustrative [e.g. sketching] critics.
• Set, mark and assess work and examinations, in particular urban design project work, and provide constructive feedback to students.
• Develop and maintain e-learning resources, for instance through use of virtual learning environments such as Blackboard.
• Supervise undergraduate dissertations and masters design dissertations or similar research projects.
Undertake such administrative or academic service, pastoral and other duties appropriate to the post of lectureship, as may be assigned.
• Supervise PhD students including working to attract funding and applications for postgraduate research.
• Undertake knowledge exchange work with the worlds of policy and practice, taking our research and scholarship out into the wider communities we serve.
• Build links with relevant professionals and professional bodies (eg UDG, AoU, Place Alliance, RTPI, RIBA, LI etc.) to ensure our teaching and research is up to date and relevant.
It is essential to show evidence of:
• A PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline and/or equivalent professional experience in urban design or related design discipline.
• Teaching experience in the UK and/or internationally of relevant studio-based applied urban design approaches.
• The ability to produce rigorous, original and world-leading research in the broad area of urban design, publishable in high quality international journals.
• A strong urban design portfolio (included in your application) illustrating examples of your own design work and/or student work you have supervised. This should demonstrate your understanding of the process of urban design in practice, as well as your technical ability and commitment to deliver and supervise others to deliver high quality contextual urban design.
• The ability to teach urban design analysis at multiple scales and assist students in the delivery of contextually responsive urban design proposals at different scales.
• The ability to teach in an applied and technical design-studio setting, including experience of delivering design crits and to teach in a variety of other settings including design surgeries, lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, field trips and virtual learning environments (VLE) such as Blackboard.
• Demonstrable skills in the application of, and assisting student development in, core urban design techniques and software, including Adobe illustrator, InDesign, AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, technical drawing, and hand-sketching.
• Demonstrable skills in urban design techniques and visualizations [e.g. 2D/3D graphics, cross-sections, technical proposals, urban sketching, design narrative, presenting at A1]
• The ability to work as part of an established urban design teaching team in the delivery of existing modules and projects and to contribute to the design and development of new teaching modules and programs within our broad discipline area.
A commitment to enhancing the student learning experience, including developing innovative approaches to teaching, supervising or assessment and the ability to use a range of delivery techniques to enthuse and engage students.
• An independent and self-managing working style and strong administrative skills.
• A commitment to collegiality and team working. It is highly desirable to show evidence of:
• Membership, or eligibility for membership, of a relevant professional body such as the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Landscape Institute (LI), Recognized practitioner status of Urban Design Group (UDG).
• Professional practice experience in urban design and/or related design disciplines (eg architecture, landscape architecture, planning).
• Successful supervision of design dissertations and/or major student-led urban design projects
• Experience/knowledge of emerging urban design theory, practice and software.
• A willingness to teach across other areas of the School, Faculty and University, if required.
• The ability to work as part of multidisciplinary academic teams.