Researcher - Zero Carbon Neighbourhood Design - KTP Associate

University of Strathclyde / Anderson Bell Christie (ABC) Architects
Location: Glasgow
Salary:  £28,000-£33,000 (plus £5k training and development)
Closing Date: 13th February 2022

The Department of Architecture at Strathclyde, in partnership with Anderson Bell Christie (ABC) Architects is seeking to appoint a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate to develop skills and expertise in the design or Zero Carbon Neighbourhoods.

ABC provide architectural services predominantly on public sector projects. Most revenue generating projects are in the social housing sector. Our strategic aim is to create opportunities for improvement and challenge convention within the construction sector, by connecting our sense of design responsibility to communities with the societal need to prevent climate change.

The Department of Architecture at Strathclyde is ranked No.1 in Scotland and 5th in the UK by the Complete University Guide (2020) and is part of one of the largest and highest-ranking faculties of engineering in the UK. Our close links with the city’s creative design, construction, and engineering industries enhance students’ career prospects by providing opportunities to network and engage with professional practitioners, researchers, and clients

ABC have identified an opportunity to address a gap in the social housing market, related to the current void between government policy and delivery of net zero carbon targets. Client demand has demonstrated the need for holistic neighbourhood solutions to address carbon policy commitments. We have developed a net zero carbon strategy for new dwellings but recognise that we would enhance our offering by evolving the strategy to include community carbon measurements; offsetting carbon emissions locally using place-based measures linked to community consultation.

The key objective of the KTP is to embed knowledge and capability in the emerging principles and processes for zero carbon design for Zero Carbon Neighbourhoods (ZCN), creating a place-based community-oriented solution to deliver holistic zero carbon living within the social housing sector

The KTP Associate will be based at Anderson Bell Christie’s premises in Glasgow, working under the daily supervision of Company Supervisor (CS), and will be fully integrated within the company, supported by the CS and other company personnel, whilst undertaking research and knowledge embedding activities.
We are seeking a talented and ambitious researcher, ideally with an Architecture/urban design degree background, with technical and construction skills, but also knowledge of the wider policy and legislation drivers. The Associate will work with ABC and their clients to develop robust data driven design process for holistic net zero carbon communities that can be incorporated into a ZCN tool and platform, that is easy to use, accessible and consistent.

The project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position please visit: There are over 200 vacancies currently available at or search ‘KTP jobs’.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Tim Sharpe, Head of Architecture,

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