Lancaster University is looking for a new Chair of Architecture to head the development of a unique set of postgraduate and undergraduate programs.
The new Architecture courses are based in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) and will link the highly-ranked research base of Lancaster with its gold-rated teaching track record to provide postgraduate and undergraduate programs in a top-ten university setting.
Architecture in Lancaster is set to launch within three years, and is expected to provide students access to LICA’s research expertise that is well known internally. At LICA, research engages the creative arts and design with science and technology and also with social science and humanities (ranked in Times HE World rankings 2017 world top 100).
As a key part of the curriculum, close associations with renowned industry partners and architecture practices have been planned. The run-up and launch over the next three years will provide the new Chair a great opportunity to shape and head the advancement of architecture at Lancaster.
Thanks to research-led teaching at Lancaster, students will have the ability to think both critically and creatively and will also gain the practical skills required to transform Lancaster’s highly-ranked research into practice.
Students can expect to draw upon the energy of our outstanding research environment which cuts across fields from design to environment. They will also gain inspiration from our access to some of the UK’s most diverse and interesting built environments, as well as Lancaster’s excellent teaching reputation.
We anticipate that our students will have the opportunity to make a contribution to the future of the Northern Powerhouse through live projects and briefs with leading industry partners in the practical part of the curriculum.
Professor Simon Guy, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Lancaster University
Lancaster’s architecture will be designed in such a way that it would benefit from the research-driven culture as well as strong associations with the University’s Institutes of Material Science, Data Science, Social Futures, Lancaster Environment Center, and the Health Innovation Campus.
Between them, the above institutes are addressing some of the most urgent issues in the developed environment such as reducing urban pollution, designing healthier homes, making homes smarter, and developing next-generation building materials.
Our vision is for Lancaster Architecture students to have something very special. Not only will they be capable of designing great buildings, but they will draw from new research in many fields about multiple aspects of the world we live in.
Professor Judith Mottram, Director of LICA