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Design Fellowships in Architecture

Applications are invited for up to five Design Fellowships in the Department of Architecture. These part-time, fixed-term posts are available for 12 months from 1 October 2019 until 30 September 2020, apart from post (B) to lead the First Year Studio which is offered as a 13-month appointment. Candidates applying to lead the First Year Studio course (B) should be prepared to start in September in order to prepare the teaching programme. All posts may be renewable annually, in certain circumstances. The posts are fractional, i.e. four posts are 26% of full time, c. 9.5 hours per week and one is 46% of full time, c.17 hours per week.

The purpose of the posts is to teach architectural design on the 3-year undergraduate BA (Architecture Tripos) course, which leads to RIBA/ARB Part I qualification; and on the 2-year MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD), which leads to RIBA part 2 qualification.

Positions of Design Fellow available:

A. One Design Fellowship to teach in a First Year Studio (together with three existing experienced Design Fellows). This post is offered at c. 26% of full-time. B. One Design Fellowship to lead the First Year Studio course: This post is offered at c. 46%. C. Two Design Fellowships to teach in the Second Year Studio to co-teach this course. This post is offered at c. 26%. D. One Design Fellowship to teach on the MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD). These posts are offered at c. 26%.

All of these positions are rotating appointments, in response to changes and trends in the profession, and may be renewed annually in certain circumstances.

The Design Fellows teaching on the undergraduate course (A, B, C) are part of a team of c. 20 studio teachers teaching architectural design on the undergraduate 1st year course (which is taught as 1 group), 2nd and 3rd year courses (which are split into 3 groups, each led by two Design Fellows). The Design Fellows will teach alongside another DF (in pairs). They will deliver weekly group tutorials and one-to-one supervisions, and develop studio projects in collaboration with the Director of Studio teaching.

The Design Fellow leading the First Year Studio (B) will be expected to lead on the preparation of the course, in liaison with the Director of Studio teaching and the Y1 technical lecturers, lead the delivery of studio teaching and assessment/examination, and manage the overall programme including timetable and studio budget.

A typical First Year cohort has 45 students, but numbers may fluctuate, depending on how many students achieve their offers. We envisage that the First Year Studio Teaching team will have five members: the Design Fellow leading First Year Studio, and four Design Fellows.

The Design Fellow (D) teaching on the MPhil course (MAUD) will contribute to studio teaching on the Part 2 programme, working under the direction of the Course Director and alongside three existing, experienced Design Fellows. The Part 2 course admits c. 25 students annually; it is a unique course that enables students to pursue an individual design-research thesis over a two-year period. The Design Fellows supporting the MAUD course are required to help students advance their design work, develop complex projects, and respond to an increasingly focused body of research.

Candidates must have: a very good first degree or equivalent in Architecture, Engineering or a cognate discipline, with exemption from Part I of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) or equivalent examinations; a postgraduate Diploma, MSc, MArch, MPhil or equivalent qualification carrying exemption from Part II of the RIBA examinations; completed all professional qualifications, and is a qualified and registered architect; with current experience as a practice-based architect.

The posts are based in central Cambridge, in the Faculty of Architecture & History of Art.

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Please ensure that you upload the following: (a) a covering letter, explaining the reasons for your application and how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role you are applying for (please indicate which of the positions A, B, C, D you are applying; (b) a Curriculum Vitae (CV), to include full details of educational qualifications and professional experience, a list of publications (if any), and the names, addresses, and full contact details of 2 referees (who may be contacted for a reference prior to interviews); (c) if your CV includes a portfolio, please only upload a maximum of 30 pages.

If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on Monday 29 July 2019. Interviews of short-listed candidates will take place on 21 August 2019, in Cambridge.

For queries about the application process, please contact Julia Pettman (

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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