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London South Bank University (LSBU)

Join a Team of the Future

The School of the Built Environment and Architecture (SBEA) at London South Bank University (LSBU) wishes to recruit innovative and ambitious academic staff members across a range of areas in response to the strong growth in student numbers.

SBEA is one of the largest schools in the field of the built environment and architecture in the UK. The school offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Architecture, Building Services Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Project Management, Property and Real Estate Studies, Building Surveying, and Quantity Surveying. All of the courses have the relevant professional accreditation. The school has a long history of excellence in part-time education; this has enabled it to be a pioneer in the growing area of Apprenticeships.

The school has very strong links to industry. It is the preferred provider of education for the of the leading architecture, building services, construction, project management and real estate firms. The school also undertakes enterprise and knowledge transfer projects with partners from across the industry.

Positions

The school now wishes to add to its complement of academic staff in a significant way to pursue its new focus. The positions are:

The suitable candidates would have experience in teaching in the area of expertise indicated, and preferably, some experience in responsible positions in industry. The candidates would also have a track record in research, with a portfolio of good quality and impactful output.

What you should do

Join a team in the heart of London with a track record of industry-relevant education and research, as well as industry partnerships and knowledge transfer arrangements, and a new ambition to become a global centre of excellence in multi-disciplinary built environment research. 

If you would like to have an informal conversation about any of the positions please contact the Dean of School, George Ofori at oforig3@lsbu.ac.uk.

About the university

London South Bank University is located within the centre of London and enjoys all the benefits of a major cosmopolitan city. The university is renowned for its applied research and education including being the Good University Guide’s University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the last two years. London South Bank University hosts The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation, which is ranked 15th in the world by the UBI Global Rankings for business incubators. The university recently ranked in the top 200 globally in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings and in the QS Top Universities world top 150 universities under the age of 50.

The university was established over 120 years ago to serve the education needs of south London as Borough Polytechnic Institute. The university has grown to approximately 18,000 students and 2000 staff and enjoys prime location in central London, with many of the major sites within easy walking distance of the university. 

Research

The school has recently sharpened its research focus.

It has three research centres on: 

  • Civil and Building Services Engineering
  • Construction and Project Management and Economics
  • Sustainability and Resilience.

It also has three specialist research groups on:

  • Acoustics
  • Architectural Design
  • Digital and Robotic Architecture.

In each area, the strategic aim is to pursue world-leading research which has impact on national policies and governance, practices in industry, and on the wellbeing of society. The school’s pioneering and award-winning research in Acoustics, Community Heat Systems, Energy Management, Project Management and Construction Industry Development is setting the base for our future endeavours. 

Our facilities

In many areas, such as in Acoustics, Building Information Modelling, Energy Systems and Robotics, our facilities are among the best in the UK. Our architecture studios are ahead of the competition in terms of space and equipment.

Highlights include:

  • A £2.8 million Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB), a unique teaching, research and demonstration resource for the built environment. It hosts a number of renewable and intelligent energy solutions and exposes students to the technologies which the built environment needs to embrace in order to provide sustainable buildings for the future.
  • The only Anechoic Chamber in London of a size complying with British Standards. This is a specialist facility that has been carefully designed and built to achieve almost perfect quiet conditions. Within the chamber, external sound is not allowed to break in and sound reflections off internal room boundaries cannot occur.
  • A Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre containing specialist software which generates and manages digital representations of the physical and functional characteristics of a planned project to create a shared knowledge resource. The centre acts as a hub for innovation, networking among practice experts and the general promotion of adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM) principals. 
  • A Digital Architecture Robotic Lab (DARLab)- a research platform in architectural education that advances experimentation and cross-discipline collaboration among students, industry partners and academic staff to expand the boundaries of architectural practice.

Our staff

Some of our established and recently recruited staff members include:

  • Professor George Ofori, the Dean of School, joined us from the National University of Singapore. George’s expert knowledge encompasses construction economics, international construction project management, construction in developing countries, and leadership development in the construction industry. George has been a Guest Chair Professor at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China). He is the Deputy Chairman of the International Board of CoST, a member of the Board of Directors of Engineers Against Poverty, and has been invited to speak at several high profile institutions and events.
  • Dr Zulfikar Adamu, is an Associate Professor of Strategic IT in Construction. His expertise and interests lie in BIM, digital engineering, data science and big data analytics in construction, the internet of things (IoT), serious game development (virtual reality and augmented reality) in constructions processes, as well as developing extract, transform, load (ETL) workflows from multiple data sources (such as for geographic information systems compatible maps and dashboards).
  • Dr Issa Chaer, is an Associate Professor of Energy Systems and Integrated Building design, the School’s Director of Enterprise, and the Head of the Research Centre for Civil and Building Services Engineering. His research portfolio spans over 15 years with evidence of significant contribution to the advancement of engineering knowledge at national and international levels including over 60 papers in journals and at conference. He has significant experience of collaborating with industrial partners, having led Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and undertaken consultancy assignments with businesses on areas such as air-conditioning, heat pumps, and heating and cooling networks.
  • Professor Stephen Dance, the leader of the Acoustics Research Group, has a specialised interest in all things related to acoustics. Stephen has expertise of environmental acoustics (such as on heliports and wind turbines), architectural acoustics, reproduced sounds, and audiology. Stephen’s knowledge is highly valued by industry; the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Transport for London Underground, Henry Wood Hall are some examples of organisations he has recently collaborated with.
  • Dr Timothy Eccles, a Senior Lecturer in Real Estate, has research interests in occupational change, corporate real estate asset management, service charge practice, and the financing of house purchases. Having obtained a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Timothy has expertise in the sociology of the built environment professions.
  • Professor Andy Ford, Director of the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB), is a proactive leader in the industry debate around sustainably, having been the Technical Policy Chair for the UK Green Building Council. Andy is a former President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), and currently chairs the CIBSE Diversity group and Knowledge Programme sub-committee. He also maintains a plethora of international and professional links, such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and EDGE. Andy’s interests include integrated design, energy use in buildings, decarbonisation of cities, and diversity in STEM and design.
  • Dr Aaron Gillich, an Associate Professor of Energy and Building Services and Head of the Division of Civil and Building Services Engineering, is a prominent researcher and entrepreneurial innovator within the School. He recently completed work on the Balance Energy Networks (BEN) project, which focused on the energy trilemma of delivering a low cost, low carbon, secure energy system. He also leads on the Home Energy 4 Tomorrow (HE4T) project, designing and testing a hybrid heat pump and looking at heat recovery from water utilities. His expertise and interests lie in mechanical building services, energy policy, building physics, and low carbon energy systems.
  • Dr Joseph Kangwa, an Associate Professor of Construction Management, has had an international career within the Construction Management industry, primarily in Europe and Africa. Joseph’s areas of expertise include sustainable refurbishment, knowledge management protocols for construction Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), retrofitting, energy efficiency, and modern methods of construction (including process, response dynamics, and training). Joseph is currently co-leading a project on the harmonisation of construction health and safety practices and compliance in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which includes contributions from 16 countries within Southern Africa.
  • Dr Maria Mavroulidou, a Reader of Geotechnics, is an internationally recognised researcher with a history of producing high quality research publications. Maria’s research focuses on chemical, bio-chemical and electrokinetic ground improvement, as well as the innovation of green replacements for traditional materials (such as concrete and cement). Maria’s professional links include Network Rail, ARUP, GDS Instruments, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), and the Institut des Sciences de la Terre d’Orléans (CNRS-ISTO).
  • Dr Finian McCann, a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering, specialises in steel structures, composite structures and polymer-coated steel pipelines in academic, industrial, and research development contexts. In response to the Grenfell Tower fire, Finian’s recent research examines improving the isolation of the air cavity for ventilated cladding systems for fire safety purposes.
  • Dr David McGovern, a Lecturer in Water Engineering, has expertise in ocean engineering and natural hazards, which has seen him produce outputs on large-scale experimental research into tsunami interaction with the coastal environment under the URBAN waves ERC project. David’s research and enterprise interests include outreach and teaching, organising international workshops and conferences as a way to disseminate research to end users, as well as consultancy and continuing professional development (CPD) courses.
  • Dr Rabee Shamass, a Lecturer in Civil Engineering, has produced several research outputs relating to the analysis of concrete and composite concrete and steel structures. His research and enterprise interests include computational solid mechanics, steel fibre reinforced concrete, the application of basalt fibres and bars in construction, and the applications of nanotechnology in cement and concrete.

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