Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Brisbane, Australia
Sep 06, 2019
End of advertisement period
Oct 31, 2019
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Design
Creative Industries Faculty

About QUT

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a 'real world' focus. We are one of the nation’s fastest growing research universities and our courses are in high demand.

We are an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip our students and graduates with the skills they will need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world. We are transforming the student experience we offer our 50,000 students and we place a premium on the international and national accreditation of our various professional degrees.

Our internationally award-winning Science and Engineering Centre is home to The Cube, acknowledged as one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces. QUT established the world's first Creative Industries Faculty, and we invest heavily in collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research environments, including the new $95M Education Precinct.

Further information about QUT can be obtained from the website at www.qut.edu.au.

Our Vision

The QUT Blueprint 5 is our institutional strategic plan. It sets out priorities, strategies and key performance indicators to drive greater coherence and coordination of our efforts. Our overall vision for the future is:

  • to provide outstanding real world education through physical and virtual learning environments and innovative courses that lead to excellent outcomes for graduates living in a diverse and complex environment characterised by rapid, transformative change;
  • to focus on being a globally leading university that delivers solutions to the challenges of today and of the future through high-impact research that spans discipline boundaries and works in partnership with end users, leveraging our deep technological strengths and alignment to the human capital and innovation needs of the global economy;
  • to strengthen and extend partnerships with professional and broader communities to build our reputation as a source of knowledge that is applied to real world challenges.

About the Creative Industries Faculty

QUT established the world’s first Creative Industries Faculty in 2001, recognising the growing significance of creativity, transdisciplinary and technology-driven research and creative practice as Australia moves towards a knowledge-based economy. The Faculty has over 5,300 students, with some 10 per cent from overseas, and more than 300 academic staff.

The Faculty has a strong and growing research profile, with considerable potential for future expansion. This research encompasses a full spectrum from basic research, applied research and contract research undertaken with and for partners in the creative industries sector and beyond at state, national and international levels. The Creative Industries Faculty earned $22.9 million in research income over 2013-16 and is also significantly involved in research training with more than 300 Higher Degree Research students enrolled in the Faculty.

Further information on the Creative Industries Faculty can be reviewed on its website at http://www.qut.edu.au/creative-industries.

About the School of Design

Design improves the quality of work and life, brings social and economic advantages to industry and community, and is central to the development of fulfilling citizenship and social innovation. Our students and researchers are part of a sustainability-focused, multidisciplinary school with close connections to the design profession.

Our courses explore new digital technologies within well-equipped workshops and studios that offer a unique hands-on university experience.

Our study areas include:

  • architecture
  • fashion
  • industrial design
  • interaction design
  • visual communication
  • interior design
  • landscape architecture

Based at Gardens Point campus in Brisbane CBD, the school provides a multidisciplinary environment enabling our students to study across traditional discipline areas, achieving double degrees in design and other fields of study in the university.

Our Landscape Architecture program is the oldest accredited program in Australia, celebrating its 50 year anniversary in 2017. It prides itself on its strong industry engagement and academic leadership.

In 2019 a new curriculum commenced in the School. The new courses provide students with enhanced studio experiences through the introduction of a series of cross disciplinary Impact Labs at all year levels. Students participate in problem-based, collaborative approaches to learning, aligned to real world experiences and contexts.

Individuals wishing to further their skills and knowledge through postgraduate study can undertake coursework, practice-led research, or traditional research programs that are internationally renowned for their innovative, creative, and commercial contributions to Creative Industries and broader industry fields.

The School has established international connections including teaching and research partnerships with leading institutions and organisations including China, New Guinea, Denmark Indonesia, South Africa, South America, United Kingdom, and the United States.

QUT Design Lab

The Design Lab hosts a diverse team of academics, research students, and industry professionals and supports transdisciplinary collaborations that result in tangible impact and engagement, and which transfer knowledge and technology into beneficial applications for industry, society, and the environment.

With a mission of “Change by Design”, the QUT Design Lab demonstrates the benefit and value of design methods, practices, and outcomes in realising Australia’s National Innovation agenda.

More information about the Design Lab can be found at https://research.qut.edu.au/designlab/

About the Position

The School of Design is seeking an individual with an undergraduate and/or masters degree in landscape architecture and a PhD in Landscape Architecture or a closely related field. If the individual does not have a PhD, a strong track record in design-led research and/or practice in Landscape Architecture may be considered. The successful applicant will be active in the development and expansion of Landscape Architecture at QUT from an undergraduate-level to a masters-level accredited program.

The program is well-known and highly respected for meaningful community engagement, connection to industry and the real-world application of design theory and evidence-based practice. We have a strong focus on sustainable design solutions that contribute to the health and wellbeing of diverse populations. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated academic with a passion for innovative design that substantially addresses local and global issues of significance, including climate change and urban growth. The successful applicant will be appointed at the level of Lecturer, however, an appointment at Senior Lecturer may be negotiated based on level of experience and track record.

Furthermore, the successful applicant will also provide leadership in service to the University and engagement with industry, the community, professional associations, alumni and other stakeholders.

This position reports to the Discipline Leader of Spatial Design (Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture) for supervision, workload management and for Performance Planning and Review (PPR).

Key responsibilities include:

Teaching and Learning

  • Facilitate excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Landscape Architecture, including Design Studio and Landscape Technology (construction).
  • Preparation and delivery of lectures, tutorials and design studios that will result in effective learning outcomes.
  • Curriculum development of new units in landscape architecture and associated disciplines in the School of Design both in undergraduate and postgraduate coursework units.
  • Supervision of postgraduate students engaged in coursework in the accredited masters-level landscape architecture program.
  • Supervision of postgraduate students undertaking research masters and doctoral level independent research.

Research and Scholarship

  • Undertake focused research and creative activity aligned to the QUT Design Lab’s research programs (and other QUT and national research agendas) and produce high-quality and high-impact outcomes.
  • Contribute to QUT’s research culture through internal and external collaboration with national and international partners.
  • Engage actively in research, including applying for research funding and publishing in top tier academic journals.

Professional activities

  • Connect with the professional community and influence your profession and discipline.
  • Implement and administer University policy within the Faculty with respect to equitable access to education and workplace health and safety.

The successful candidate will be appointed at Lecturer Level B or Senior Lecturer Level C depending on their level of attainment against the position classification standards outlined in the QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff). The position classification standards provide the basis to differentiate between the various levels of appointment and define the broad relationships between classifications.

The University reserves the right to appoint at either classification level.

Real World Capabilities

To deliver on QUT’s global, collaborative and connected vision requires a workforce that embodies the following capabilities:

  • Agility and openness to change
  • Connectivity and collaboration (intra and inter-disciplinary)
  • Cultural inclusion
  • Digital literacy
  • Future-focused thinking (strategic, innovative & design and entrepreneurial)
  • Global in intent and reach
  • Leadership of strategy, action and others
  • Performance and resource management

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on an ongoing, full-time basis.


Gardens Point campus.

Selection Criteria

  1. A PhD in landscape architecture (or closely related field) and/or a significant track-record of high quality design research in the practice of landscape architecture (demonstrated by way of a practice portfolio). If the applicant does not currently have a PhD, this should either be in process or there should be a plan in place to undertake a PhD upon commencement of the position.
  2. Industry relevant knowledge and demonstrated capacity to teach into the technology areas of the landscape architecture program including landform grading, hydrological design, landscape construction detailing, planting design, and construction documentation.
  3. Demonstrated track record of high quality teaching design studio units in undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs in landscape architecture (please include a teaching portfolio with examples of work and records of student feedback).
  4. Proven record of high impact research or research leadership, including collaborating with partners; generating research income; and publications in high quality peer reviewed journals.
  5. Demonstrated capacity or potential to effectively supervise postgraduate students undertaking independent research at masters and PhD level.
  6. Proven ability to contribute to a high performance, collaborative and industry engaged culture.


  1. Demonstrated ability to devise and implement new design curriculum.
  2. Experience working in effective multidisciplinary teams.
  3. Demonstrated ability to realise built works of landscape architecture from design through to construction documentation and administration.

Remuneration and Benefits

The classification for this position is:

  • Academic Level B (Lecturer) which has an annual remuneration range of AUD $112,918 to $134,104 pa. Which is inclusive of an annual salary range of AUD $95,417 to $113,320 pa, 17% superannuation and 17.5% recreation leave loading;
  • Academic Level C (Senior Lecturer) which has an annual remuneration range of AUD $138,331 to $159,524 pa. Which is inclusive of an annual salary range of AUD $116,892 to $134,800 pa, 17% superannuation and 17.5% recreation leave loading.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible benefits. With competitive remuneration including superannuation, the University offers real and generous benefits.

QUT is a high quality and flexible organisation that is proud of its excellent employment conditions which include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced working year scheme
  • Parental leave provisions
  • Study support encompassing leave and financial assistance
  • Comprehensive professional development
  • Salary Packaging

Further benefits can be found at the Working at QUT page.

Information for applicants

QUT welcomes applications from candidates outside the greater Brisbane area. QUT may meet some travel and relocation expenses involved in the interview and employment commencing process.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Debra Flanders Cushing, Discipline Leader at debra.cushing@qut.edu.au; or for further information about working at QUT, please contact Human Resources on +61 7 3138 4104.

QUT is proud to be an inaugural Athena SWAN charter member. We have extensive and established support programs for women in STEMM. For more information on the Athena SWAN charter, contact Tracy Straughan on +61 7 3138 1584.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please visit www.qut.edu.au/jobs for reference number 19774.

When applying for this position your application must include the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae, outlining (as applicable): publications (including Scimago quartile rankings or ADBC discipline rankings), teaching experience (including evidence of learning and teaching quality); higher degree supervision experience; research funding awarded and professional experience;
  • A teaching portfolio including examples of student work and most recent student teaching evaluations;
  • A response (5 pages maximum) to the Selection Criteria, with one or two explicit examples of how you meet each criteria; and
  • A one page statement that discusses your intended goals over a five year timeframe in teaching, research, and potential for professional leadership and engagement.

Applications close 31 October 2019