UCT – Part-time Positions in the Postgraduate Programme of Architecture

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Contact Person: Janine Meyer
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Email Address: janine.meyer@uct.ac.za
Location: CAPE TOWN
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The UCT School of Architecture Planning and Geomatics is calling for expression of interest from experienced architects and educators to teach on a part-time basis in the architectural design studios and associated theory electives of the postgraduate programme of knowledge sets supporting the critical practice of architecture.

The School of Architecture Planning and Geomatics within the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in architecture, validated by SACAP and CAA, leading to professional registration and post-professional studies. These programmes are well resourced.

Alongside architecture the School includes programmes in landscape architecture, urban design, conservation of the built environment, city and regional planning, and geomatics, and hosts the African Centre for Cities, with the opportunity for cross-disciplinary design studies which contribute to social and economic development in the global south.

Students and staff are increasingly engaged in a process of inclusive change of governance and curriculum, based on acknowledgement of the institutional experience of black students and staff, on the decolonisation of knowledge, and on the development of pedagogy which is more successful in providing access by increasingly diverse entrants to the high-level knowledge production and practice. The all-school discussion of this authentic transformation, facilitated by the University’s Office of Inclusivity and Change, will be central to the life of the School in 2019.

The post graduate programme in professional studies of architecture aims to develop independence of study which is both scholarly and creative, spatial and material, contextual and social, individual and collaborative, based on the development of critical thinking through research-based learning.

It comprises two one-year degrees, a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Honours) and a Master of Architecture (Professional), with 35-45 students in each year. The design pedagogy is studio-based, with Honours students divided into elective studios of 10-14 students each, and Master’s students undertaking individual design dissertations in design-research studio groups (2016-2019) and reverting to a common studio (in 2020).

Honours Studios are supported by elective courses in design theory and plenary courses in research methods, history and theory, technology and professional practice. The Master’s Studio is supported by a course in individual theory and technology research.

The job comprises the following components – which can be undertaken jointly or separately on a part-time basis:

2019: Semester One

Design Studio 1: induction into graduate design studies which integrate theory and materiality at levels of complexity, which work across architectural and urban scales, and which are methodologically and representationally explicit.

Design Theory elective: seminar course in a topic of applied architectural design theory, its literature and canonical works, with supervision of a term paper and assignments.

2019: Semester Two

Design Studio 2 (Simulated Office): an individual design inquiry that emphasises independent critical thinking, followed by a teamwork studio which emphasises the integration of imaginative design thinking with institutional, statutory, financial and procedural considerations of emerging practice.

Studio teaching is scheduled for four hours three days a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; though there is some time flexibility within those days, regular studio attendance is required. Attendance is also required at all-day mid and final reviews, for which dates will be fixed by the requirements of the academic calendar.

Theory seminar teaching is scheduled for two hours a week, typically for 5 weeks in the first quarter and five weeks in the second quarter; there will be a bit of flexibility in timetabling, depending on venues, and in presenting the course in a shorter intensive block, depending on students’ other commitments.

The salary is dependent on qualifications, experience and capability, to be negotiated on appointment within a range set by the University.
Teaching commences on 11 February 2019, preceded by participation in course planning meetings.

2019: Semester 1
APG4042F: Design Studio 1 (48 credits)
12 weeks x 3 days (M/Th/F) x 4hrs = 144hrs
2 days mid-review x 8hrs = 16hrs
3 days final review x 8hrs = 24hrs
4 days preparation = 32hrs
Total: 216hrs

APG4049F: Aspects of History & Theory (12 credits)
10 weeks x 2hrs = 20 hrs
Term paper supervision (topic / literature / draft): ±10st x 2hrs = 20 hrs
Term paper grading: ±10p x 2hrs = 20 hrs
2½ days preparation = 20hrs
Total: 80hrs

2019: Semester 2
APG4043S: Design Studio 2 (48 credits)
12 weeks x 3 days (M/Th/F) x 4hrs = 144hrs
2 days mid-review x 8hrs = 16hrs
3 days final review x 8hrs = 24hrs
4 days preparation = 32hrs
Total: 216hrs

Expressions of interest from experienced practitioners, with at least an MArch(Prof) degree or equivalent, who pursue the intellectual, material, social and ethical practice of architecture, are requested by Monday 14th January 2019 12h00, as follows:

  •  A one-page curriculum statement, setting out the knowledge, contextuality, methodology and pedagogy proposed, what will be learnt and how that learning will be assessed (further information in the form of a seminar presentation may be requested);
  • A one-page cv including qualifications, professional and teaching experience, including any award-winning creative works and scholarly publications (further information on the applicant’s portfolio and contactable references may be requested).

We are seeking applicants with knowledge of the current state of the architecture discipline, at both theoretical and practical levels. Interest in contemporary design pedagogies and proven record of teaching design studios or theory seminars at graduate level is desirable.

Queries may be addressed to the Departmental Manager: janine.meyer@uct.ac.za

UCT is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from black South Africans, women, LGBTI persons and differently abled persons.

The part-time appointment does not entitle or accrue any benefits, and does not commit the University to providing further employment. The University reserves the right not to make any appointments.