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GSA Position-Deputy of Head and Academic Leader

Thursday, 16 August 2018  
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Deputy Head of School and Academic Leader


The Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the University of Johannesburg is Africa’s youngest and most dynamic school or architecture. Following the successful implementation of the world-renowned Unit System method of teaching in the professional programme in 2015, we are now seeking to make a new appointment at the Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor* level, to commence in February 2019.

We are seeking an exceptionally motivated, qualified and energetic applicant to fulfil the role of Deputy Head of School and Academic Leader, responsible for assisting the Head of School in shaping, managing and delivering a worldclass, transformative pedagogical model, uniquely rooted in the African context. In the first year of the appointment, the emphasis will be on working closely with the GSA’s current cohort of part-time adjunct lecturers (Unit Leaders) to fulfil the mandate of excellence in the School’s main programme, the professional M Arch. Thereafter, the emphasis will shift from stabilisation of the current offerings to develop new and bold fields of knowledge and research across the School’s three programmes: M Arch, our new post-professional Master’s programme, the M Arch Design, Theory & Practice and in our creative practice-led PhD.

The GSA is rapidly developing research and teaching strengths in the following six specialist areas: design research; socially-responsible design; building technology; landscape; urbanism and critical theory. The successful applicant will not only have demonstrable expertise in at least two of these areas with the breadth and vision to encompass other specialisations, including new ones not listed above.

A proven track record in teaching and research is essential, as are excellent managerial and leadership skills. You will be able to share your vision for contributing to a programme that brings together the different strengths already present in the school, whilst developing new areas of research that are both locally and globally relevant. In addition, you will be able to meaningfully contribute to the GSA’s new cross-disciplinary think-tank, Transformative Pedagogies, an on-going design and research initiative tasked with finding innovative and intellectually rigorous approaches to the transformation of architectural canon and pedagogy in a developing world context.

* Appointment at Associate Professor level requires a PhD or extensive practice experience.

You will be expected to:

                Teach and assess architectural design at the Master’s level;

                Contribute actively to research in your specialist field;

                Publish research, including the work of yourstudents, using appropriate channels (peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations) as well as exhibitions, new forms of media and speaking engagements;

                Share in the administration and management of the GSA and the wider Faculty;

                Participate in official meetings of the GSA and Faculty;

                Cultivate an active presence as a public intellectual;

                Supervise postgraduate students within the appropriate programme offerings;

                Develop key national and international links and collaborative opportunities;

                Actively contribute to the development and growth of the GSA

Minimum Requirements:

                A Master’s degree in Architecture or related disciplines;

                An in-depth and current knowledge of architectural design and/or urban design;

                A demonstrable research interest and proven research ability (articles, exhibitions, books);

                A record of collegiality, collaboration and initiative;

                Experience of teaching/reviewing at tertiary level;

                An international profile with a demonstrable network and collaboration potential.

The GSA is a teaching, research and advocacy-led institution, committed to the racial, cultural and economic transformation of our discipline and profession in forwardthinking, ambitious and creative ways. Our staff are characterised by their energy, commitment and passion. Read more about the GSA at

To apply, please send your CV and 300-word motivation letter/e-mail to Senior Ops Manager Denise Fouché at Closing date: 30 September 2018

Start date: 1 February 2019