Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, Spatial Design

Massey University - The School of Design

With a legacy of over a century in design education, Design for Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design - within the College of Creative Arts (CoCA) at Massey University’s Wellington Campus, is acknowledged as providing one of the best educations in design in the Asia-Pacific region. The School provides a thriving, well-resourced learning environment that fosters research, scholarship, enterprise and creative practice. 

Applications are invited for a permanent, fulltime position as Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor in Spatial Design in a permanent appointment on our Wellington Campus.  This emerging discipline operates at the intersections of architectural, interior, urban, landscape, performance, event and digital design, spatial design explores transdisciplinary practices that challenge the ways in which we think, use and make places.

To be successful in appointment you will possess strong spatial design skills across a range of spatial practices. A background in the creative/construction industries and connections with the world of professional design practice would be of benefit, ideally with experience in one or more of the following: urban, landscape, architecture, interior or service design. A focus on a human-scale or experiential approach to the design of mid-large scale public spaces is desired, along with demonstrated engagement with progressive social, civic and environmental design practices. Understanding of spatial use practices and evaluation methods would be of added advantage. 

We are seeking those with a passion for championing the value of spatial design, and a strong critical perspective on its place in relation to other design disciplines, is encouraged. This should be accompanied by knowledge of spatial design research methods, material practices, modes of communication, documentation and visualization, and familiarity with current and emerging construction technologies. 

While teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate university levels would be beneficial, most value would be seen in a strong vision for research-led teaching and innovative pedagogy.

A strong research/creative profile is required. The successful candidate should have an existing track record in conducting original, creative research, and is expected to maintain an active research/creative production practice. Applicants will have a MFA, MDes, DDes, PhD or equivalent degree from an accredited institution and/or significant industry experience and the level of appointment will depend on qualifications and experience.

Closing date: 8 January 2017 

Reference number: A441-16ZZ 

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