QATAR UNIVERSITY

Assistant Professor of Architecture (Environmental & Building Systems) 

Location
Doha (QA)
Posted
08 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
10 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Architecture (Environmental & Building Systems) 

Location - Doha,QA 

Department of Architecture and Urban Planning 

Qatar University Profile: 

Qatar University is the premier national institution of higher education with a mission to produce well-rounded graduates with academic knowledge of quality and excellence coupled with  a keen spirit of volunteerism and civic responsibility.  This is underpinned by committed leadership and an experienced and motivated faculty and staff body.

College/Department Profile:

Established in 1980, the College of Engineering offers programs in the fields of Architectural, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Science engineering with the primary goal of preparing Qatari engineers with outstanding scientific and technical competencies to enable them to participate and contribute in the various developmental aspects of the country.

Duties & Responsibilities

Position Summary: 


The recent rapid development of Qatar is associated with a fast track urbanization process, marked by large scale work, learning and residential environments, and mixed use developments with sustained attempts to strike a balance between tradition and modernity. The unprecedented growth in the building and urban development industry, already considered the second largest industry in the state of Qatar—following the Oil and Gas industries, has created a pressing demand for architects and planners with specialized training to design, plan and direct the activities of the industry. 

As part of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning-DAUP, a Bachelor of Architecture degree program started in September 2009, a Master of Urban Planning and Design started in 2010, and a Ph.D. program in Architecture and Urban Planning started in 2013. The undergraduate program is a five year professional program that aims to prepare students for the architectural profession leadership positions. Its main objective is to graduate architects who can play multiple roles in the design, building and construction industry within Qatari society and can compete with their counterparts, while positioning themselves distinctively in a competitive global market.

The programs offers a broader foundation and is designed carefully to strike a balance between knowledge acquisition and assimilation, design creativity and practicality, analysis and synthesis, problem formulation and problem solving, and creativity and critical thinking. These qualities are reflected in rigorous and demanding curriculum that integrates lectures and studio experience at the intersection of culture, society, technology and environment.

The Department of Architecture and Urban Planning has a vacancy-for an:Assistant Professor of Architecture & Urban Design (Environmental and Building Systems Focus)  

A hard working, committed and dedicated professional academic already holding the rank of Assistant Professor in a recognized university, with the required architectural professional qualifications. With a robust architectural practice background, strong and innovative studio teaching of environment and building systems, with focus on sustainable design, energy efficiency, building envelopes and form response to environment.  Skills in CAD tools including BIM and Parametric Design software, experience of teaching in professionally accredited architecture school or familiarity with accreditation processes will be an advantage.

Successful candidates are expected to hold a PhD/Terminal Degree in Architecture and Urban Design and have expertise in the relevant areas and a track record of scholarly activities in the field. They will be expected to contribute to both undergraduate and graduate programs of the department. They will support and contribute in enhancing the teaching/learning experience in architectural education and support the department towards a successful accreditation process. Excellence in teaching, experience in using modern IT tools in classrooms and studios, and an excellent command of the English language are essential. Experience in attracting research funds and managing research projects and/or professional practice would be advantageous.  

Application deadline: Mon 10th April 2017 
Position category: Academic 
Employment type:  Full time 
Position term:   Three years
   
Qualifications

Competencies:  


Successful applicants should be able to:

1. Expertise in the Environmental and Building Systems aspects of architectural design 

2. Experience in delivering environmental design studios, building envelops courses and related BIM-parametric design software 

3. Contribute towards the international accreditation of related programs. 

4. Adopt and develop a “student centered” approach to teaching and learning, a strong commitment to research based-teaching/learning experiences 

5. Teach related courses, studios, and projects across the programs related to Architectural design, urban design, and urban planning. 

6. Contribute to teaching in the Masters as well as the Bachelor programs. 

7. Innovate and contribute in collaborative research, consulting and training courses in conjunction with local communities and industries 

8. Publish and disseminate research in reputable journals and international conferences 

9. Attract research funds and develop scholarly endeavors 

10. Experience in using course management environments such as Blackboard to support taught courses and assessment 

11. Contribute to a collegiate atmosphere in the Department and College 

12. Advise undergraduate and graduate students and be involved effectively in consulting, service duties, committee work.

Required Documents
  
1. University online application; 
2. Curriculum vitae with cover letter; and 
3. At least three references including contact numbers and email addresses.

Benefits   
  
1.   A three-year contract. 

2.     Salary is commensurate with experience.

3.     Tax-free salary.     

4.      Furnished accommodation in accordance with QU HR policies.

5.     Annual round trip air tickets for faculty member and dependents in accordance with QUHR policies.

6.     Educational allowance for candidate's children (eligible candidates only) in accordance with QU HR policies.

7.     Private health care and health insurance in accordance with QU HR policies. 

8.     Annual leave in accordance with QU HR policies. 

9.     End-of-contract indemnity.