Low Carbon Housing

How a museum can help drive sustainable mass housing in the UK

The country has long been in the grip of a housing crisis that can only be alleviated by increasing the housing supply. The government’s own manifesto commits to building 300 000 homes a year. However, left to the private house builders, current rates fall far short of that. Furthermore, given that the built environment contributes nearly 40% of the UK’s carbon emissions, any new build homes would have to be low or zero carbon to meet government’s climate pledges. Rather than easing planning laws to stimulate private house building, the real project is to understand how low carbon construction can become a mainstream reality, not a prize-winning exception.

Future Observatory aims to understand the obstacles to the mainstream adoption of low carbon housing models in the UK and the ways in which the Design Museum could support increased adoption by private developers, housing authorities and ultimately the public.

Call for Applications: Research Lead

Location: the Design Museum
Job type: freelance contract
Length of Position: 1 year, starting September 2022 (dependant on candidate availability)
Salary: £37 000.00 – £40 000.00 per annum (depending on experience)
Suggested FTE: 0.6 (negotiable)
Closing time and date: 23:00 hrs, 11 September 2022

Future Observatory is recruiting a Research Lead to deliver a research project, Low Carbon Housing: How a museum can help drive sustainable mass housing in the UK, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Infrastructure Fund.

The position offers an experienced researcher or curator the opportunity to investigate emerging models of low carbon housing design in the UK; and to propose a high-profile public-facing programme developed in partnership with the Design Museum that includes 1:1 immersive architectural prototypes and/or an exhibition. The Research Lead will be supported by a Research Associate and Project Manager.

We welcome discussion with potential candidates. Please contact Future Observatory’s Curatorial Director Cher Potter at cher.potter@designmuseum.org.

How to Apply

– Download and read the ‘Research Lead: Low Carbon Housing – Call for Applications’ document (below)
– Download and complete the application form (below)
– Send the completed application form along with the any additional material to futureobservatory@designmuseum.org

Application Documents

Research Lead: Low Carbon Housing – Call for Applications

Research Lead: Low Carbon Housing – Application Form

Deadline for entries is 23:00 hrs on 11 September 2022. Entries received after this deadline will not be accepted.