Assistant Professor in Architecture

  • Full Time
  • Dubai
  • 28 July 2022

Website HWU_EGIS Heriot-Watt University

This is an exciting opportunity to develop a leading role in the development and delivery of innovative teaching and scholarship. Heriot-Watt University is known for its research-informed course delivery and the global multi-campus education it provides.  The successful applicant will have a student-centred approach to pedagogy and curriculum design and will be encouraged to innovate.

This is an exciting time to join an already successful team. It is expected that the applicant will have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • sustainable design
  • construction and technology
  • digital platforms for design
  • history and theories of architecture

Previous teaching experience and a commitment to the student experience are essential. Evidence of innovation in teaching delivery is desirable. Applicants must also possess demonstrable team working and communication skills. The candidate must hold an international recognised honours degree in Architecture (RIBA PART 1/2/3 and/or ARB or NAAB.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The successful appointee will be expected to undertake the following:

Learning and Teaching 

  • Develop and lead on the delivery of an innovative Undergraduate Architectural Design Studio on the RIBA Part 1 accredited BA/BA (Hons) Architecture programme and subsequently contribute to the new M. Arch./ MSc programme as required.
  • Contribute to the design and delivery of the curriculum in the programme. Develop and teach a number of courses(s) appropriate to your area of expertise and as outlined by the programme.
  • Work closely with the Head of Architecture and Architecture team to develop the programme and explore new innovative courses and learning and teaching methods as aligned with RIBA Professional Criteria for Validation and the graduate attributes.
  • Design, prepare and develop a range of learning and teaching materials appropriate to the subject area to meet the learning outcomes for those course/s as mapped to the RIBA PART 1 criteria.
  • Undertake scholarly activity related to the effective delivery of the curriculum and maintain subject expertise aligned to the latest developments in the field of architecture, technology, and contemporary issues.
  • Be responsible for providing effective, well documented, and timely feedback, both formative and summative, to students.
  • Contribute to the monitoring of the quality of learning and teaching through course monitoring, contributing to quality assurance across the programme, School and University.
  • Provide appropriate pastoral support recognising the varied cultural backgrounds of the student cohorts.
  • Stay abreast of developments in architecture education and ensure that these developments are reflected in the evolution of the learning and teaching methods employed on the programme;
  • Work with the team to develop further opportunities for student placements, Internship and student mentoring with the profession that enhances the existing strong industry engagement within the programme;
  • Conduct assessment and moderation across the discipline area, ensuring this is rigorous, fair and clear and undertaken within the policies established by the School and University.

Research and Knowledge Exchange

  • Carry out self-managed scholarly activity and to make professional contributions to their area of expertise.
  • Continue to develop your professional expertise through CPD and membership of either RIBA/ ARB or International Professional membership.
  • Exhibit design work at exhibitions and end of year shows. Publish student outputs and enter student work for international prizes and awards such as the President’s Medals.
  • Contribute technical and research expertise where relevant to potential live projects.

Academic Management and Administration 

  • Undertake administrative tasks associated with programme planning, preparation for examination and progression boards, course development teams etc.
  • Provide academic leadership in the key areas of design, construction and technology, representation and history and theories that are the core of the programme course structure.
  • Participate fully in admissions processes, selection and induction of students;
  • Take a proactive role both internally and externally in promoting and marketing programmes of study, ensuring the effective and efficient recruitment of students and the achievement of home and international recruitment targets;
  • Participate as a member of appropriate committees as required.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.

We will measure applicants based on the essential criteria, not by the key duties.

Education, Qualifications and Experience (i.e. Person Specification)


  1. An honours degree in Architecture (RIBA PART 1/2/3 and/or ARB or NAAB)
  2. In depth knowledge of your profession and discipline including relevant academic and professional experience
  3. Evidence of creative design pedagogy and a critical design approach achieved in student outputs (projects, prizes, buildings) and your personal design projects
  4. Evidence of your ability and experience to teach UG/PG Design Studio
  5. Evidence of delivering innovation through your teaching /or professional practice, design and technology
  6. Expertise in delivering courses in one additional area including Architectural Representation, History and Theory, Professional Practice and Construction and Technology.
  7. A good working knowledge of relevant digital technologies (for example, one or more of: Rhino/Revit/BIM/Auto-cad)
  8. An understanding of the RIBA criteria and experience of teaching or learning on a RIBA validated course OR international equivalent.
  9. Ability to lead a small team across disciplines, work independently and /or as part of a team
  10. A clear research interest aligned with the programme academic position and the research institutes within the school
  11. Demonstrable oral, drawn representation and written communications skills.


  1. RIBA Part 3 Qualification
  2. Fellow or Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  3. Ability to run a ‘real design student project’ from inception to completion
  4. Local knowledge of UAE regulatory codes
  5. Relevant experience teaching and working as a professional architect
  6. Experience in or at least an enthusiasm for novel pedagogical approaches

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UAE time) on Thursday 28th July 2022.

Applicants must make their submission via the Heriot-Watt on-line recruitment system and include: (1) Cover letter describing their interest and suitability for the post; (2) Full CV (3) Teaching statement showing their strengths mapped to the criteria above and a portfolio evidencing design studio teaching.

At Heriot-Watt we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment. 

The appointment is conditional upon successful completion of all Labour and Immigration formalities, and the start date will need to be delayed if the employment visa is not in place.