Appointment of the Professor of Architecture


Dear Candidate

Thank you for expressing an interest in joining Leeds Beckett University as a Professor of Architecture in the Leeds School of Architecture. The University is committed to making a positive and decisive difference to people, organisations and communities through excellent education and research. We are ambitious and aim to be recognised globally as an inclusive anchor for the Leeds City Region, and as an outstanding university that supports its diverse student community to achieve excellent outcomes, and that generates research of impact and significance.

The Leeds School of Architecture (LSA) is one of five subject areas within the Leeds School of Arts and offers a broad portfolio from undergraduate to PhD level. We explore research, interdisciplinary work and different modes of practice to tackle our current environment, social and ethical challenges.

We are now seeking to appoint a Professor of Architecture who, working with the School’s Directors of Research and Head of Architecture, will provide research leadership in Architecture in the Architecture and Landscape Subject Area.

You will have a significant and sustained track record of high-quality research publications which meet international standards of excellence and experience of leading academic staff and mentoring staff in relation to research funding, research collaborations, research impact generation and outputs.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to the development and direction of research in the School and will lead inter- and multi-disciplinary research in collaboration with colleagues in the School of Arts, within other Schools and external partners. You will be able to shape our research culture and build on interdisciplinary modes of practice. You should have experience of successful supervision and graduation of doctoral students and delivering teaching at all levels.

If you are excited by this opportunity and ready to make a significant contribution to our School community then we would be delighted to hear from you. Our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be pleased to discuss the role with you in confidence and their details can be found on this site.

Professor Lisa Stansbie
Dean of School, Leeds School of Art

About the Leeds School of Architecture

The Leeds School of Architecture (LSA) is one of five subject areas within the Leeds School of Arts at Leeds Beckett University; the other subject areas are Film, Music and Performing Arts, Creative Technologies and Art and Design. This context provides an ideal setting to support our critical, collaborative and interdisciplinary processes, and to lead debates about emerging forms of practice and innovative research.

LSA’s expanding pedagogical terrain comprises the following programmes:

  • BA (Hons) Architecture, Part 1
  • Master of Architecture, Part 2
  • PG Dip Architectural Professional Practice and Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice, Part 3
  • The Architecture Degree Apprenticeship (launched in 2021)
  • PhD in Architecture, Urban Design, Interiors and Landscape,

as well as courses in Interior Architecture (BA), Urban Design (MA), and Landscape Architecture (BA, MA, PG Dip).

There are dynamic engagements between staff and students through our interdisciplinary studio culture, facilitated by the exceptional provision at Broadcasting Place and the wider resources across the School of Arts. Intertwined with these courses are the Open Lecture Series with external guest speakers, public exhibitions, termly symposia, annual international conferences, exchanges and collaborations with an extensive range of professional practices and institutions locally and worldwide, which empower students and staff to develop work that tackles the most pressing and polemical issues within our society nationally and internationally.

Embedded in the School’s ethos is the way we continuously question what it means to practice as an architect as well as our determination to test and expand, via our distinct framework of experimental and ethical pedagogy, architecture’s possibilities and responsibilities within societies, across cultural systems and towards the shared environmental and ecological domains.

Beyond the conventional understanding of architecture based on building studies, our School explores the concept of ‘architecture as multiplicity’, unfolding architecture’s intersections with other disciplines and with its mediated, digitised, coded, augmented and hybridised existences along with the radical potential of new forms of making.


Architecture Research Group, based in the Leeds School of Architecture, is established across fields of Architecture, Landscape, Interior and Urban Design, and consists of five current areas of Research Expertise in collaboration with both the School of Arts and the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing, as well as a multitude of university-wide and external research networks. Clusters of research expertise have been identified based on significant research strands led collaboratively by current staff and PhD in Architecture students, as well as connecting with research projects by postgraduate and undergraduate students. Each cluster also actively and in turn contribute to the shaping of the research culture at large in the school by organising expertise forums and public events, from research seminars, open lectures, specialist workshop to international symposia, disseminating research output, engaging networks of experts in the fields and encouraging opportunities of interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations.

LSA in numbers

There are currently 33 staff including FTEs and Part-time lecturers and approximately 460 students.


About the University

Leeds Beckett is a modern, professional university with a dedicated, diverse community. Our vision is to be an excellent, accessible, globally-engaged university contributing positively to a thriving northern economy. Our mission is to ensure we use our knowledge and resources to make a positive and decisive difference to people, communities and organisations.

We are a community of around 28,000 students from over 140 countries and 2,800 staff, and our history dates back to the founding of Leeds Mechanics Institute in 1824. We are a major organisation in our region and the University contributes around £500m to the economy each year.

Leeds Beckett has:

  • A bold, industrious spirit: We foster innovative thinking to create great graduates, exceptional employees, dynamic citizens and enterprising leaders.
  • An environment enriched by research: Our world-leading and internationally-excellent research informs our curriculum and our students’ experience in all areas.
  • A community dedicated to success: Our community is made up of people from a diverse mix of cultural and social backgrounds, brought together in a world-class learning environment.
  • Excellent corporate services: Students and colleagues can access a range of professional services within our University, specifically designed to support the effective delivery of our academic provision.
  • Safe and supportive networks: Our network of colleague and student groups provides safe and supportive environments in which to discuss issues relating to equality and inclusion.

Leeds is a vibrant, modern city with a rich industrial past and on the doorstep of natural beauty. It is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of West Yorkshire and has one of the most diverse economies of all the UK’s employment centres. Leeds is, and always will be, open for business and talent.

Working in partnership with our students and the Students’ Union, we have transformed our undergraduate student experience and our students’ learning through exceptional and innovative academic practice and personalised support to our large and diverse student community.

Our teaching activity is organised into 10 Schools creating communities of committed staff and students who are passionate about their subject areas. Our courses feature collaborative, creative and practical learning in modern facilities that enable our students to develop themselves as enterprising citizens whose future contribution has a positive impact.

Our research institutes and centres sustain outstanding research which informs our curriculum and our students’ experience in all areas. This research provides an enriched environment for an excellent research and teaching culture for all aspects of our students’ learning.

The REF 2021 results showed that 53% of the university’s submission was rated 3* and 4* and therefore considered internationally excellent or world-leading. Results were particularly strong in sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism where 89% of the submission was rated 4* or 3*. In the allied health and nursing unit, 80% of the submission was rated 4* and 3*. The results reflect the breadth of our research in these areas which includes improving gender equality in sports coachingtackling obesitysupporting women with cancer with fertility decisions and improving the training of people working with those suffering from dementia.

Our REF 2021 submission included 352 research staff across 15 units of assessment, double the number of staff included in REF 2014. It included research driving up energy efficiency standards in homes, and understanding and supporting the role of civilian peacekeeping.

Corporate services
Students and colleagues can access a range of professional services within the University designed and operating to support the effective delivery of our academic provision.

Services for students include Libraries & Learning Innovation, Sport & Active Lifestyles, Student Services, Careers & Employability and Campuses & Residential Services.

Departments including Finance, Estates, Marketing & Communication, Information and Technology Services and Human Resources ensure the University runs efficiently, that colleagues get the support and advice they need, and services for students are accessible and focused on meeting their needs.

Our Schools
Our 10 Schools are:

Our campuses
We provide creative and contemporary learning environments packed with the latest technology, creating a focal point for new and innovative thinking.

City Campus: City Campus is in the heart of Leeds, ideally placed to connect with hundreds of businesses and organisations that offer work placements and employment opportunities to many of our students. The City Campus puts students and staff at the centre of a dynamic business community in a city with a thriving job market. Our award-winning buildings, the Rose Bowl and Broadcasting Place, are located at the City Campus, along with our new state-of-the-art Leeds School of Arts which opened in 2020.

Headingley Campus: Headingley campus, about two miles away from the city centre, is set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland with historic buildings dating from 1752. The rich history and parkland setting coexists with modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs. Our main sports facilities are based in Headingley alongside our iconic new Carnegie School of Sport. Plans are also in development for a new Carnegie School of Education on the Headingley campus.

Equality and Inclusion
Equality and inclusion are essential to our academic and business strengths. We ensure our University community is a place where everyone feels respected, valued and supported to achieve excellence.

We are committed to providing a vibrant, ethical and sustainable working and learning environment that values equality and inclusion and recognises the contribution everyone brings to our University community.

Our network of colleague and student groups help us to help others get the information and support they need. These groups provide a safe and supportive environment in which to discuss issues relating to equality and inclusion, as well as provide support and networking and share best practice.

You can read more about our approach to equality and inclusion here.

University Executive Team structure

Further information
You can read much more about Leeds Beckett University on our website here.

The role

Professor of Architecture

Job reference:

School/Service: Leeds School of Arts
Post Designation: Professor of Architecture
Grade: 10
Post to which directly responsible: Dean of School (and assisted by the Director of Research and Head of Subject)
Posts for which directly responsible: As assigned


Working with the School’s Directors of Research and Head of Architecture, the successful candidate will provide research leadership in Architecture in the Architecture and Landscape Subject Area.

The successful candidate should have experience of leading academic staff and mentoring staff in relation to research funding, research collaborations, research impact generation and outputs. The post holder will be expected to contribute to the development and direction of research in the School, and lead inter- and multi-disciplinary research in collaboration with partners and other academics. The post holder should have experience of successful supervision and graduation of doctoral students and delivering teaching at all levels.


Research and enterprise leadership

  • Provide strategic research and enterprise leadership in the Architecture and Landscape Subject Area.
  • Provide academic leadership in research activities and contribute to the wider research of the School and University.
  • Lead, coach, mentor and advise Architecture colleagues in progressing their individual research activity.
  • Develop the School’s profile within the University.
  • Develop and communicate the strategic research vision as part of Leeds School of Arts.

Personal research

  • Pursue a competitive personal research programme consistent with the research priorities of the subject area that increases the global visibility and reputation of Architecture in the University.
  • Generate research and enterprise income through securing external grants and attracting postdoctoral research students, and support wider research and enterprise income generation across the School.
  • Initiate, lead and publish research of international standing in a relevant field of research and collaborate in research initiatives with colleagues both within the University and externally.
  • Initiate and lead engagement with business, public and voluntary organisations through knowledge exchange activities such as student projects and placements, research collaboration, consultancy and specialist training.
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students at Masters and Doctoral levels.


  • Teach and inspire students through the delivery of research-led and practice-based education in the subject, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels (teaching expectations will take account of involvement in research activities) and conduct associated assessments.
  • Provide academic and pastoral support to undergraduate and postgraduate students and promote the use of a range of methods and techniques in teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Provide academic input in the planning and delivery of relevant modules in the subject group.

Management and other tasks

  • Contribute positively to the strategic direction of the School, including undertaking leadership and management roles.
  • Work co-operatively and flexibly with colleagues in the School and University in the development of new research initiatives related to your subject and expertise area.
  • Advance the profile and reputation of one’s own work and that of the subject group in relevant specialist and generic media.
  • Lead and participate in internal and external networks to foster collaboration and to promote, the School and the University, nationally and internationally.
  • Work effectively with relevant administrative, technical and academic staff in the school and across the University.
  • Carry out specific administrative roles and functions as may be reasonably required.
  • Undertake such other duties as may be reasonably requested and that are commensurate with the nature and grade of the post.


Post Title: Professor of Architecture

Qualifications, skills, experience & knowledge    

  • Possession of a first degree, masters and doctoral qualification in Architecture related subject.
  • A significant and sustained track record of high-quality research publications which meet international standards of excellence, including recent publications in leading peer-reviewed journals.
  • A proven track record of successful doctoral research award supervision (PhD).
  • A record of securing external research income from research council and/or organisations providing services.
  • A proven track record of academic leadership, extensive research leadership experience, and management of projects and participation in interdisciplinary and/or academic/industrial collaboration.


Service delivery

  • The ability to plan, lead and sustain a programme of work to enhance the Subject Group’s research standing within the University and externally.
  • The ability to develop and deliver high quality, research-led, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching within the School as required.


  • Evidence of initiating and sustaining successful collaborations with peers, other academic institutions, external health/care organisations.
  • An enthusiasm for all aspects of research, teaching and scholarship, with the ability to coach, mentor, and nurture other staff in achieving their potential.


  • Excellent communication, networking and profile-raising skills, with the ability to represent the University externally e.g., in the media, to peer groups and external research funders.

Terms of appointment

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions of Service are as determined by the Vice-Chancellor for Academic staff (within a framework set by the Board of Governors) and will have regard to any national recommendations arising from negotiations between the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), and the recognised trade unions in so far as these are adopted by the Board / Vice-Chancellor.

Academic Staff Development

All academics with fewer than two years’ experience teaching in HE and not already holding an Advance HE accredited higher education teaching qualification or HEA Fellowship are required to become Fellows of the HEA within the first two years of appointment. The Centre for Learning & Teaching provide a wide range of events, workshops and networks which are available to support staff with research informed teaching, skills and practice development, to achieve Fellowship and remain in good standing. New staff are actively encouraged to engage in as many sessions as possible across the academic year.

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free working environment for our employees. All our employees are expected to have due regard for those policies when carrying out their duties.

Safety, Health and Wellbeing

You will maintain a positive attitude to Safety, Health and Wellbeing in carrying out personal responsibilities and co-operate with policy/local rules/codes of practice.

Physical Conditions

Flexible working (with some time on campus and homeworking, subject to negotiation).  You will have a base at Headingley campus.

Probationary Period

Appointment to this position may be subject to a probationary period of up to 6 months, in line with our probationary policy.  A copy of our probationary policy is available on our website or on request from HR.

Pre-employment Health Assessment

Our University aims to ensure that all employees are placed in a job that is compatible with their health and physical abilities.  In accordance with the Equality Act, questions relating to health are asked following an offer of appointment.  All offers of appointment are subject to pre-employment health assessment.


In accordance with our pre-employment processes, it is University policy to verify qualifications for successful candidates.  We will need evidence of those qualifications required by the employee specification and claimed on the application form.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to the University. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

Should you wish to discuss either role in strict confidence, please contact Elliott Rae on +44 (0)7584 078 534 or or Imogen Wilde on +44 (0)7864 652 633 or

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 30th September 2022.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of two pages) outlining how you meet the points in the Employee Specification.
  • Please include details of two referees, though please note that we will not approach referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted.
  • Please complete the following online Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Completed applications should be uploaded at using the reference number AQ1525.