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Lecturer in Urban Environments

Lecturer in Urban Environments (4611) Te Aro, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Do you have a strong design portfolio with a focus on urban planning as it relates to designed environments?
  • Have you got the capability to contribute to the development of the new Masters of Urban and Regional Planning?
  • Are you passionate about teaching a diverse range of students and appreciate the importance of Ako (reciprocal teaching and learning)?

Te Herenga Waka - About Our University 

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university. 

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga. 

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role 

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Lecturer in Urban Environments to join the Wellington School of Architecture. The position calls for a strong design portfolio with a focus on urban planning as it relates to designed environments. You will also bring a reputation and profile as an accomplished researcher or professional with the capability to contribute to the development of the new Masters of Urban and Regional Planning. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • On-going research activity. 
  • Academically rigorous teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 
  • Actively engage with iwi, hapu, industry, government, professions and diverse communities. 
  • Contribute to the collegial development of the programme, School and Faculty in service roles.  

Ō pūmanawa - About you  

You are passionate about teaching a diverse range of students and appreciate the importance of Ako (reciprocal teaching and learning) to this environment. You will be familiar with contemporary discourse and demands in the field of Urban and Regional Planning, with expertise in land and water management, environmental protection, the Planning Regulatory framework, te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and biodiversity. A specialisation and evidence of success in one or more of the following in preferred: 

  • Architecture 
  • Landscape architecture 
  • Infrastructure 
  • Urban and regional planning 

However, we are open to applications from a wide range of candidates that may contribute to research and teaching in this area. 

An appreciation for both the fundamental and advanced requirements of urban designed environments as part of the discipline of architecture will help you thrive in this role, as well as an appreciation of industry connections and opportunities to collaborate and enhance student successes and experiences. You will engage with allied majors, in particular Building Science, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and be encouraged to share and scaffold knowledge across the other relevant majors in the School of Architecture. A collaborative and open approach to teaching and learning will give you opportunities of growth and diversity. You will also encourage a collaborative and supportive environment. 

Key Requirements: 

  • Relevant qualifications or industry experience commensurate with the seniority of this role or a completed PhD in a relevant field. 
  • An established track record in research publication, professional experience and/or creative work. 
  • Demonstrated evidence of a high standard of teaching in a relevant field at tertiary level or relevant industry experience. 
  • Ability to work with students and staff from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team 

Victoria University’s Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation, Te Wahanga Waihanga-Hoahoa, is a unique and leading centre of architecture and design in New Zealand. The Faculty’s facilities are widely acknowledged as some of the best in Australasia. The Faculty is based in a radically remodelled former cargo building, which is an award-winning landmark in central Wellington. 

Role Description


Ko te rā kati ā te 24 Whiringa-ā-nuku 2022
The closing date is 24 October 2022


Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Professor Robyn Phipps ( But applicants should follow all steps listed below.


Important - Application Steps and information 


For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:  


Download and complete the University Application Form.


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