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POSITIONS FOR TENURE-TRACK & AND EDUCATOR-TRACK IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMME

POSITIONS FOR TENURE-TRACK (ASSISTANT PROFESSOR/ ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR/ PROFESSOR) AND EDUCATOR-TRACK (LECTURER/ SENIOR LECTURER) IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMME

 

 

About the LA (BLA and MLA) Programme

NUS offers a four-year, full-time degree of Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and a two-year, full-time degree Master of Landscape Architecture programme (MLA). The fourth year of BLA is run concurrently with first year MLA and eligible and motivated students can be expected to graduate with a BLA and MLA within five years. The programme is hosted by the Department of Architecture, a leading architecture school in the region and the world ranked among the top ten in the world. Landscape architecture education in NUS is distinctively Asian and pantropical in its geographic attention, and urban in its emphasis. It is designed to provide a landscape architecture education that is sensitive to the myriad challenges facing Asian cities, as well as opportunities provided by the sheer richness of heritage and cultural, socio-economic and ecological elements of the region. 

The NUS MLA aims to train the next generation of landscape architects in practice and academia who will be stewards in shaping a livable, sustainable and resilient environment. Our graduates are expected to be able to navigate the demands of the profession, and the dynamism and challenges the environment presents. More information on the programme is available here.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

New faculty members appointed as lecturer/Senior lecturer/Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor/ Professor are expected to contribute strongly to the teaching of the BLA/MLA programme, both in studio and non-studio courses, as well as the supervision of final-year capstone projects and dissertation projects. Specific subject areas to be taught will be considered in relation to the appointed faculty member’s expertise. In addition to teaching, the appointed faculty members are also expected to continue or mount a substantial research programme and contribute to the administration of the BLA/MLA and other programmes of the Department of Architecture.

 

Required Qualifications

Applicants are required to have a MLA and/or PhD in landscape architecture of a closely related discipline. The applicant should have a strong track record in education, research and/or practice, and be able to continue the trajectory leading to a tenured position. Applicant considered for MLA Programme Director must also have prior experience and track record in managing academic programmes and contribute to the roles stated above. The candidate must also have strong personnel management and communicative skills.

 

Application

Applicants should submit their applications and questions to Chair of Search Committee.

Applications are to include:

  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (including research, teaching and administrative experience);
  • Publication and/or Project list;
  • Design portfolio if available
  • a Statement of Teaching (for both tenured and education track, maximum two pages);
  • a Statement of Research (only for tenure position, maximum three pages) – citing up to five significant publications, creative work or other scholarly contribution and explaining their significance;
  • a list of six referees with contact details (who will be contacted only with your concurrence); and
  • NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applicants;

 

Mailing address:

Department of Architecture

4 Architecture Drive

Singapore 117566

Email: katchong@nus.edu.sg   

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS

 

Technologies: Environmental Systems and Performance

Preamble

The research tasks explore innovative ideas investigating the impacts of photovoltaic (PV) systems selection and their impacts on localised power generation for building integrated photovoltaic systems (BIPV). Modifications to the PV systems to enhance their power generation efficiency will be examined to satisfy the increasing demand and reduce maintenance of the systems under tropical context. This research will run in parallel with two other research projects at the Tropical Technology (T2) Lab related to the productive façade and natural ventilation in the tropical environment.

This project involves diverse theoretical as well as applied facets of solar energy, food production and fluid dynamics as well as architecture.  The candidates are preferred to have prior hands-on experience with a theoretical background as well as experimental research in architecture or building energy and built environment.  This position will also assist in project management to ensure the successful completion of the proposed work.  Specifically, this position will be responsible for assisting in overall project management as well as theoretical and experimental development in educational research, development of visualisation teaching materials for building systems, data analysis and reporting.  S/he will assist in other aspects of the research and dissemination of the results.

Research Expertise & Foci areas: Architecture, Solar Energy

Duties and Responsibilities expected from the Post-Doc Candidate

  • Assist in overall project management
  • Assist and take care of all the tasks related to publications in the domain.
  • Participate in research and writing of articles
  • Assist in development, design, and setup of the experiments/surveys
  • Conduct numerical simulation
  • Manage theoretical and statistical analysis
  • Analyse and collect data, and graphical representation of information using suitable tools (such as SPSS, MATLAB, PVsyst, ArcGIS, etc.)

Qualification & Requirements

  • PhD Degree in Architecture or Engineering
  • Knowledge of the photovoltaic systems and design
  • Knowledge of the fluid dynamics and numerical simulation
  • Strong track record in research work and writing
  • Preferably, skilled in graphic design and representation using ArchiCAD or Revit
  • Capacity to work independently
  • Good Management skills

 

 

Technologies: Architectural and Urban Prototyping

Preamble

The research group Architectural and Urban Prototyping investigates agile iterative prototyping approaches for designing liveable environments, ranging from the building scale to the urban scale. It researches emerging computational generative and evaluative techniques for 1) discovering the relationships between built form and its environmental, social, and economic impacts, and 2) modelling, testing and evaluating different planning and design scenarios for optimal solutions, in particular within the context of high density Asian cities.

In order to support agile iterative prototyping approaches, the research foci areas are, among others, generative methods based on procedural and rule-based modelling applied to architecture and urban planning, interoperability of generative and evaluative tools and workflows operating at various urban scales, data interoperability between Building Information Models and CityGML city models, and data-augmented urban planning and design.

We envision an ecosystem of generative and evaluative tools that can be connected within varying workflows in order to support a variety of urban planning and design processes.

Duties and Responsibilities expected from the Post-Doc Candidate

The successful applicant is expected to work closely with members of the Architectural and Urban Prototyping group, researching agile iterative prototyping approaches, including a computational ecosystem of generative and evaluative tools. Tasks include support for initiating new projects, applying for research funds, producing joint publications, organising seminars and workshops, and seeking collaboration with industry partners for the application of the tools. The scope of work also includes assisting teaching of generative and evaluative tools in planning and design studios, lectures and seminars.

Qualification & Requirements

The candidate must have

  • PhD in architectural/urban design/planning, preferably in the area of computational design and/or simulation
  • Either practical work or research experience relating to architectural/urban design/planning, preferably in the context of high density cities in Asia
  • Familiar with basic programming with, e.g., Python, Java, and related tools
  • Familiar with GIS and related spatial modelling and analysis tools is a bonus
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in both speaking and writing

 

 

Landscape Studies

Preamble

The primary geographic focus of Landscape Studies group in NUS is Asia, where culture, urbanization, economic development, coarse-scale environmental context, and increasing climate change act in concert to create a myriad of landscapes that shape the livelihood and well-being of large populations. Landscapes here can be conceived along multiple continuums, from rural to urban, social to ecological, natural to constructed, and intact to disturbed, which provide rich grounds for scholarly pursuits that are theoretical and applied in nature. Research of the Landscape Studies group is primarily focused on high-density urban regions, where the large majority of Asians live, but we also work in the transitional zones within the rural-urban continuum, where urban regions are expanding at a rapid rate into rural landscapes.

The research interest of the group is broad, but its overall aim is to contribute to generating new knowledge of landscapes and the use of knowledge in governance systems and landscape design that improve the well-being of humans and which improve the ecological integrity of the environment. Members of our group are currently running research projects from research grants worth several million dollars. Our current research covers the following broad areas:

(1) Landscapes and health of urban populations

(2) Spatial equity of landscapes

(3) Landscapes as urban infrastructures, including urban agriculture

(4) Landscapes and urban ecosystem services

The overall approach is both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary. We are concerned with not just generating knowledge, but also applying the knowledge in practice and public policy. More specific approaches employed in research projects include landscape ecological methods of spatial analysis, remote sensing, ethnographic and other social science methods, design research, and physiological methods for studying plant interactions with the environment.

We invite applicants to work with us on the topics above. Alternatively, applicants are also welcomed to suggest topics that are broadly related to challenges and opportunities of managing landscapes in Asia.

Duties and Responsibilities expected from the Post-Doc Candidate

The successful applicant is expected to have close interactions with the members of the Landscape Studies group, primarily focusing on initiating new research projects, applying for research grants, and developing joint publications. Where timely, the successful applicant will also be asked to assist in organizing seminars and workshops and other minor administrative tasks from time to time. We also provide teaching opportunities as guest lecturers and studio reviewers in the Master of Landscape Architecture programme. 

Qualification & Requirements

PhD in landscape architecture, urban design or urban planning (with focus on landscape for latter two), or other allied fields such as landscape ecology, urban ecology or environmental psychology.

Duration of Appointment

2 years.

For more information, please contact:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Puay Yok

Leader, Landscape Studies group

puay.yok.tan@nus.edu.sg

 

Urbanism

Preamble

With a comprehensive understanding of the complexity and distinctive characters of emerging urbanism in Asia, the vision of the Urbanism Research Cluster is to develop sustainable models and new strategies to cope with various environmental, social and economic challenges facing Asian cities and to achieve inclusive and shared prosperities. Emergent urban issues related to urban design, urban planning, quality of public space, urban sustainability, urban history and urban morphology are investigated through geographical, ethnographic, participatory, spatial analytical and historical approaches. The Urbanism Research Cluster aims to critically revisit, reconsider, and redevelop the ways in which we perceive and use, plan and build our cities, to question and reflect established norms, conceptions and systems, and to propose new visions of urbanism for a sustainable urban future in Asia. The pressing challenges for Asian cities in the rapid and intense urbanisation process require investigations from multiple perspectives and inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations.

We invite applicants to work with us on one of the following topics that our current researches cover.

Community & Participation

  • Design for urban social sustainability
  • Participatory community design & planning
  • Community-centric & process-oriented design methods

Conservation & Regeneration

  • Urban history & morphology of Asian cities
  • Urban & rural regeneration in Asia
  • Heritage conservation & heritage management

Ageing & Healthcare

  • High-density urban environments for ageing
  • Design for health and well-being
  • Long-term care and health supportive environments

Urban form & Big data

  • Urban form, street layout & their relations with formative processes of cities
  • Measuring built form & its performance using smart open data
  • Planning & design of public urban spaces for high-density cities

Resilience & Informality

  • Planning & design for resilient development
  • Urban informality & on-site renewal
  • Spatial analysis on informal settlements

Duties and Responsibilities expected from the Post-Doc Candidate

The successful applicant is expected to work closely with the members of the Urbanism Research Cluster, initiating, coordinating, and supporting various research activities, such as application for competitive research funding, fieldwork, archival and library research, organizing workshops, symposiums, conferences and other forums of academic exchange, and producing research outputs, including research reports and joint publications.

Qualification & Requirements

PhD in architecture (with a focus on urbanism), urban design or urban planning

 

Research by Design

Preamble

The Research by Design cluster performs research through the practice of design rather than through traditional forms of writing. It links the importance of making architecture through drawing, prototyping, and innovative building with rigor, originality, and significance.  Located strategically between the north south axis of urbanizing Asia and the east west line of the tropical equator, the Advance Practice Group researches three main themes:

1) the architecture of climatic calibration

2) the architectonics of technology, material and resources

Contextualized in the specific dynamic forces of the built environment in Asia and South East Asia, the shared ambition of the Cluster is to push the discipline of design through imaginative making, creating international impact. The aim of the design research is beyond normative practice, seeking advanced positions that challenge and push forward the very discourse of architecture itself.

Its members’ achievements include:

  • Design and research awards of international reputation
  • Constructing and disseminating innovative design knowledge calibrated to the equator
  • Promoting a network of practitioners and academics engaged in the research of design in Asia and in South East Asia.

This design knowledge is produced through a variety of traditional and contemporary modes including buildings, competition entries, speculative projects, photography, drawings, curatorial practice, films, photography and monographs.

With a focused outlook, the impact to the discipline of design is significant and robust stemming from the Group’s unique position on the equator and from the region surrounding Singapore.

Duties and Responsibilities expected from the Post-Doc Candidate

The successful candidate is also expected to the initiation of new research projects, application of joint research grants, and developing joint publications, outreach, and dissemination for the Cluster. Experience of the transformation of design knowledge into text such as proposals, seminars, workshops, and publications is fundamental. S/he may also be asked to assist in organizing conferences.

Qualification & Requirements

PhD candidates with training in architectural and design practice, including research into transforming project based knowledge into synthetic and applicable research. Working knowledge of 3D modeling, 3D printing, and graphic platforms are appropriate. Experience in Asia and South East Asia will have an advantage including working knowledge of Mandarin, Malay and/or Bahasa

 

 

History, Theory, Criticism

Preamble

Based in the HTC (History, theory and criticism) cluster of the Department of Architecture, the candidate will work with Prof. Ho Puay Peng, A/Prof. Chang Jiat Hwee and Dr. Lee Kah Wee on a research project titled “Connected Histories, Cosmopolitan Cities: Towards Transcolonial and Transnational Architectural and Urban Histories in Asia, 1800s to 1980s.” The collaborative work will include organising a conference, developing related publications and a larger grant application. 

Applicants must hold a doctorate (or be nearing completion) in architecture, urban studies, history or related fields by the start of the appointment. We seek applications from scholars with expertise on the transcolonial and/or transnational history of built environment in Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Competitive applicants will have a strong research profile and proven record of historical research in Asian contexts. The fellow will also be given time and support to pursue his or her own intellectual interests and produce exciting interdisciplinary research.

 

Appointment Details

 

Duration of Appointment

2 years. (Note: Candidate is expected to commence work starting 9 September 2019)

 

Application Deadline

Until the position is filled. Appreciate your understanding in advance that only selected qualified applicants will receive responses.

 

Compulsory Information to Include

In accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), please provide consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal data, using the NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applicants form.
For more information, please visit NUS > Careers > Academic Appointments.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

 

Interested applicants, please send in the following documents to researchdoa@gmail.com

  • Cover letter describing career goals and motivations
  • CV
  • Examples of two to three pieces of  scholarly writings
  • Other forms of research work
  • 3 recommendation letters

The National University of Singapore is a research-active university that offers an attractive employment package. Appointees will find, within the Department, a stimulating and well-resourced environment to pursue innovative and multi-disciplinary designs backed up by research that addresses the needs and conditions in Asia.