Visiting Professorships in the School of Architecture

Visiting Professorships in the School of Architecture

Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts

Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall building. Courtesy Carnegie Mellon University. Photo: Nathaniel Shuman.

November 19, 2019
Visiting Professorships in the School of Architecture
Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts
4919 Frew Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
United States
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The Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) School of Architecture (SoA) is looking for individuals with a strong background, or emerging potential, in creative architectural accomplishment that elevates the discipline through research work, scholarly work, artistic work, and/or professional practice.

For 2020–21, we are looking to fill 2 positions: the Ann Kalla Professorship in Architecture and the Joseph F. Thomas Visiting Professorship. The School welcomes emerging practitioners, scholars, and studio educators to develop a body of work while teaching in a dynamic school of architecture. During the nine months of your appointment, you will teach two design studios or project courses and a research-by-design seminar related to your pedagogical agenda. You will present your work in a public forum (e.g. lecture, symposium, and/or exhibition). In addition to your full-time salary, you will receive support through research assistance and/or discretionary funding. While we welcome all applications, preference will be given to those whose work relates to one or more of the School’s strengths in sustainable design; computational design and fabrication; building performance and diagnostics; architecture, engineering, and construction management; and architectural history and theory.

Applicants need not specify the visiting professorship in which they are interested. The search committee will make the assignment.

School description
If your creative work is breaking new ground, you will find an encouraging, stimulating environment within our dynamic community. Our school is a team of dedicated educators, designers, researchers, practitioners, and interdisciplinary collaborators. Full time faculty members teach studios and/or coursework appropriate to their specialization(s) across the School’s many programs, including the B. Arch, M. Arch, post-professional Master’s (both MS and studio-based), and the doctoral programs.

Our student body is approximately 400 undergraduate and graduate students, and is situated within the College of Fine Arts, alongside the Schools of Art, Design, Drama, and Music. Our university is classified as a “R1: Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity” institution. As such, a wide range of transdisciplinary educational and research opportunities can be created at the school, college, and/or university levels. 

Our school philosophy is to provide deep immersion in the discipline of architecture, intensified by a university culture of interdisciplinary innovation and creative inquiry. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare students to be excellent, discipline-defining design-thinkers in diverse global contexts. We believe that architectural excellence demands both rigorous training in fundamentals and the development of unique expertise – whether the sciences, the humanities, engineering, or computation. Though each of our students graduate with intensive architecture knowledge, no two graduates leave with the same education.

Our programs take advantage of:
–Our position within one of the world’s leading research and entrepreneurship institutions at the interdisciplinary intersection of technology, the arts, and the humanities;
–Specialized facilities and centers like the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace, dFAB Lab, Code Lab, Remaking Cities Institute, and the IDeATe Physical Computing Lab;
–The context of our dynamic, post-industrial city of Pittsburgh as a laboratory for inquiry and action.

More information on the School of Architecture can be found on the SoA website at

These positions require a first professional degree in architecture.

Application process
To apply, access and complete the online application form and submit the following materials:
–A letter of interest that indicates your specific areas of expertise;
–A statement of teaching philosophy;
–A full curriculum vitae;
–A small portfolio (≤25 MB);
–A discussion of the specific courses that you are prepared to teach (visiting professors typically teach two studios/project courses and one seminar);
–Contact information for three references, including name, position, email address, phone number, and your professional relationship with them;
–For those with prior academic experience, examples of work by your students.

Applications are due Monday, January 13, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be scheduled for early February through mid-March. The job offer will be extended in early April and the appointment completed by April 2020, with employment expected to begin in August 2020.

Equal employment opportunity statement
Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

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