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The LSA is offering a one-year SLDF fellowship to a practitioner/educator from underrepresented community to develop its outreach programme— apply by 11.10.21

Thanks to a generous donation from the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, enabled by Elsie Owusu OBE and the RIBA, the London School of Architecture is able to recruit a 1-year Fellowship to support its core mission of widening access to architectural education. This Fellowship will give additional visibility to a practitioner/educator from underrepresented racial or ethnic communities within the School and to its wider networks and stakeholders.

We acknowledge the significant structural barriers to attainment and progression within architectural education and practice; we want to be at the forefront of tackling them. As a school that prides itself on its close alignment with practice, we look forward to working with our Practice Network to facilitate progression by architects from underrepresented groups in their professional lives.

In order to deliver on this ambition, the LSA has identified the very real need for visible role models within its faculty. This new fellowship – aimed at educators and practitioners of colour/from underrepresented racial/ethnic communities – provides an opportunity to further diversify the faculty, and provides resource and support for a series of activities that will deliver on our Access and Participation Plan and more. We want to develop a number of initiatives that tackle disadvantage through ambitious and progressive programmes.

The Fellowship

We are offering a part-time position on our faculty to develop three vital workstreams in tackling structural barriers to participation in architectural education:

  • Outreach: building strong relationships with schools and colleges including designing and facilitating meaningful, imaginative formats for engagement and collaboration, laying the groundwork for a more substantive intervention in Further Education in due course.
  • Mentoring: designing a mentoring and skills-building programme for underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and others who have met barriers to continuing their architectural education, in particular those who ‘drop off’ after completion of their Part 1.
  • Curriculum Reform: leading on conversations around decoloniality and critiques of architecture and higher education both within our existing Part 2 programme and for future course design.

This position is tenable for 1 academic year, with the possibility of renewal subject to available funding.

Main roles & responsibilities

The SLDF Fellow, working closely with the LSA Head of School/CEO will need to:

  • Manage and implement a clear scope of work, programming of activities and outcomes
  • Establish and track relevant KPIs in line with the Access and Participation Plan, liaising with our Access and Participation Steering Group
  • Engage with the faculty and student body to draw on expertise as well as mobilise students to support specific initiatives.
  • Work with the Academic Director and Academic Sub-committee on aspects of curriculum reform
  • Work with our Network Coordinator to devise engaging content on social media that charts our activities and which is likely to reach our target audiences (including Snapchat and TikTok)
  • Liaise with the LSA’s Network Coordinator and Engagement Manager to develop outreach activities

Person Specification

We will accept applications from candidates who are actively working in an architectural practice as well as candidates from academic or teaching backgrounds. Experience of working with or teaching school-age children (post-16) is desirable.

 

Location – London

Salary – £40,000 per annum pro rata, equivalent to £8,000 per annum

Hours – 1 day/week

Contract – 1 year FTC, with possibility of extension

Reports to – Head of School and Academic Director

Deadline – 11 October 2021

Background 

The London School of Architecture is an independent higher education provider registered through the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

We currently offer a single academic programme: a two-year postgraduate Masters in Designing Architecture. The programme is validated by Liverpool University, supported by a Practice Network of over 150 London-based architecture firms, and is fully recognised by the professional bodies – the Architects Registrations Board and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

In 2021/22 – our seventh academic year since we opened – we have recruited our largest ever cohort of 75 students, taking the combined total for both years to 125. The London School of Architecture is proud to stand alongside the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation in order to take on structural barriers to underrepresented racial, ethnic and other groups in architectural education and practice.

One of the LSA’s foundational aims is to broaden access to architectural education. In our ambitious Access and Participation Plan 2021/21-2024/25 agreed with the Office for Students, our two prime targets are:

  • To increase the proportion of BAME students from a baseline of 20% to 30% by the academic year 2024-25.
  • To double the proportion of students who are from the lowest Adult HE participation neighbourhoods (POLAR4 Quintiles 1 and 2).

Application

To apply please submit:

  • A short cover letter setting out relevant experience and articulating your commitment to access and participation work (maximum 1 side of A4)
  • A short CV (maximum 1 side of A4)
  • 1 or 2 examples of relevant design/teaching projects/materials (maximum 2 sides of A4)

Please submit your application as a single PDF file to neal@the-lsa.org by 6pm on 11 October.