Senior Lecturer: History and Theory Programme Leader
University of Johannesburg
Gauteng, South Africa
2d ago


The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university anchored in Africa and intent on global excellence and stature.

With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development and multiple partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice.

The Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the University of Johannesburg is Africa’s youngest and most dynamic school of 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 (appointment at Associate Professor level requires a PhD or extensive practice experience), to commence in February 2019.

Job Specification...

We are seeking an exceptionally motivated, qualified and energetic applicant to fulfil the role of Programme Leader in History & Theory , responsible for shaping, managing and delivering a world-

class History & Theory course. In the first year of your appointment, the emphasis will be on the design and implementation of the History & Theory Dissertation (HTD) course within the School’s main programme, the professional M Arch.

Thereafter, the emphasis will shift from the day-to-day management and oversight of the M Arch (Prof) programme to developing a unique post-

professional MA in Critical Theory and / or Contemporary History & Theory, tailored specifically to the African and global South contexts.

You will have demonstrable expertise in the area of nineteenth and twentieth century architectural history, with knowledge of urbanism and urban history.

Proficiency in the history of architectural theory and historiography, including familiarity with major research paradigms in the field is essential.

You will also have a proven track record in teaching and research, as well as 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.

You will share the responsibility of developing a robust and challenging programme with two assistants reporting to you for mentorship and guidance as we seek to build a new generation of African architectural scholars.

Publication, travel and exhibition opportunities are highly encouraged and supported through discussion and negotiation with the Head of School.

Responsibilities :

  • Teach and assess architectural history and theory at the Master’s level;
  • Contribute actively to research in your specialist field related to architectural history & theory and / or urbanism and urban theory;
  • Publish research, including the work of your students, 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;
  • 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 (Senior Lecturer level) or PhD in Architecture (or related disciplines) (Associate Professor level);
  • An in-depth and current knowledge of architectural design with a particular emphasis on history and theory;
  • 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.
  • Competencies and Behavioural Attributes :

  • Energy, commitment and passion.
  • A commitment to the racial, cultural and economic transformation of our discipline and profession
  • For enquiries regarding job content) please contact :

    Mrs. Fadilha Minty on Tel : (011) 559 4325 or Denise Fouche on Tel : (011) 559 1104


    To submit your application for the above-mentioned post, please register (first-time users of the UJ e-recruitment portal) or login (existing users of the UJ e-

    recruitment portal) by going to the website of the UJ e-recruitment portal () and uploading a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-

    mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees. Please also attach the following : a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and a list of accredited research output and / or a portfolio of your creative output.

    After registration or login kindly apply online for the position by completing the online questionnaire.

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