Job Details

  • Reference number: E230378
  • Type of engagement:
  • Posted: January 12th
  • Remuneration package: The 2023 annual cost of employment, inclusive of all benefits, is R1, 232 882.

Background to Position

The School of Architecture Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town is committed to, through its teaching, research, and interactions with society generally, advancing the project of Architecture to address the needs of socially just and inclusive cities in a developing, post-apartheid South Africa.

To engage with this urgent transformative project, the school is seeking to appoint a full-time academic staff member. We seek someone from practice and academia, who is committed to the role that architectural design and research offer in critically addressing colonial and apartheid injustices, and who can show some evidence of this commitment. 

As we build and transform our School to responsibly address these substantial contextual issues, we are looking for an individual who can make relevant and impactful contributions through their teaching, research and social responsiveness activities.

Job Description

  • The applicant should demonstrate evidence of engagement with, and commitment to, architecture, design research and architectural education within the global South context and help us build intersectional methodologies and alternative pedagogies of knowledge production.
  • The applicant will be expected to participate actively in the intellectual life of the School, and add new dimensions to the teaching of architecture, through studios, workshops and seminars that engage with the spatial legacy of the colonial project in South Africa and the continent, and support innovation, cross-disciplinary work, and diversity.
  • General responsibilities include teaching, research, administration and social responsiveness. The successful candidate will be required to teach across both Undergraduate and Postgraduate architecture programmes. 
  • For this particular position we are seeking a candidate at Associate Professor level that can dedicate the time required to help steer and support the rich, diverse culture of the School, and contribute to the articulation of its leadership role. 

Inherent Criteria

Requirements for the position: 

  • A Masters' degree (professional) or 5-year Bachelors’ degree in architecture or equivalent
  • A PhD degree in architecture or related field
  • Be able to register as a professional architect 
  • a strong recent publication record of peer reviewed research scholarship and/or creative works
  • a strong recent academic teaching and postgraduate supervision record
  • at least ten years’ experience in an academic and/or applied research environment
  • demonstrated leadership achievements and evidence of administration and management experience 
  • evidence of commitment to social responsiveness through professional and/or outreach activities

Application Requirement

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file (max size 10Mb) to Ms Abigail Dixon at

  • UCT Application Form (download at
  • a detailed curriculum vitae;
  • a 1-2 page statement of interest specifying the relevance of the applicant’s interest to the School with a 
  • description of research, teaching, etc; and
  • a 10-page, digital portfolio of representative work, teaching and/or publications. 

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line. 

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete and might not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to deliver a short presentation to the School.

Telephone: 021 650 1673 Website: 

Reference number: E230378 Closing date: 31 January 2024

UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its 

equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.