A published author and qualified architect in two countries - the UK and Singapore - Professor Quek joins Leeds Beckett from the Leicester School of Architecture at DeMontfort University where he was Head of Leicester School of Architecture. He was the initiator and founder of the Association of Architectural Educators (UK & Eire), a thriving organisation which runs an international conference series and publishes ‘Charette’ – a peer reviewed journal on pedagogy in architectural education.
Speaking about his appointment, Professor Quek commented: “I am absolutely delighted to be here. This is a school with a long history and reputation for excellence and we will continue to be a strong and leading school internationally.”
Professor Quek is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was Professor of Architecture and Head of Discipline (Architecture) at the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Australia. He has held faculty-level positions at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, as well as having taught at institutions in Liverpool, Manchester, Singapore and New Zealand. He has been invited to lecture at several universities across the world.
Professor Quek’s academic research explores architectural representation in the history of ideas as a problem of knowledge; the meeting of east and west circa 14–18c and problematic dissemination of leading paradigms particularly in art and architecture.