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Assistant Professor in Computational Design
Carnegie Mellon University

Date Posted Aug. 16, 2022
Title Assistant Professor in Computational Design
University Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Department School of Architecture
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Architecture/Landscape Architecture
    Design - Industrial Art/Design
    Design - Interior Design

School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
Assistant Professor in Computational Design

The School of Architecture (SoA) at Carnegie Mellon University is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Computational Design. We seek multidisciplinary candidates whose research and scholarship mobilizes computational ideas and methods critically towards material, environmental, and/or socio-economic challenges in architecture, design, and the built environment. 

With a shared emphasis on “critical technical practice,” faculty and students in the Computational Design program draw from fields including computer science, robotics, human-machine interaction, machine learning, and science and technology studies to illuminate emerging potentials as well as unforeseen consequences of new technologies in design. Current research in the program examines topics including robotically-supported construction, machine learning- and AI-based approaches to design generation and analysis, tangible interaction, responsive environments, computational urban studies, as well as historical and ethnographic investigations into design technologies. Inherently interdisciplinary, the position offers opportunities for collaboration with colleagues from across the School of Architecture’s three focus areas — sustainability, urbanism, and computation —, from the interdisciplinary CodeLab, and from across the Carnegie Mellon University campus. The School of Architecture’s Computational Design program offers Master of Science and PhD degrees, as well as an undergraduate minor oriented towards architecture students. The successful candidate will articulate their potential to contribute to these programs through their teaching and service, and to develop a research agenda with the potential to foster the discipline. Preference will be given to candidates whose research and creative work relate computational approaches to questions of gender, indigeneity, and race, or advance innovative methodologies to address design, architectural, or urban challenges affecting traditionally underserved and disenfranchised populations.

We welcome a diverse range of applicants and strongly encourage applications from candidates motivated to contribute to the intellectual, gender, cultural, and ethnic diversity of the design disciplines through their teaching, research, mentoring, and service. 

About the School and Pittsburgh

The School of Architecture is one of the United States’ top ranked architecture programs, with a student body totaling 350 undergraduate and graduate students. It is situated within Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts, alongside the Schools of Art, Design, Drama, and Music. Embedded within one of the world’s foremost technical research institutions, the school offers a wide range of transdisciplinary educational and research opportunities, intensified by a university culture of research excellence, interdisciplinary exploration, and creative inquiry. The three graduate research focus areas within the school contribute to its mission to cultivate architectural and design excellence through both rigorous training in fundamentals and the development of unique multidisciplinary expertise drawing from engineering, the sciences, and the humanities. This is an on-campus position. Carnegie Mellon University is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of the United States’ most vibrant post-industrial cities.

Carnegie Mellon is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes we can increase the quality of our innovations by increasing the diversity of our community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon encourages applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching, and service, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who would contribute in different ways. Carnegie Mellon University seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches.

Application Instructions

To apply, access and complete the online application form at, submitting the following materials:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position and offering an overview of your research, scholarship, and teaching experience, if any;

  • Curriculum vitae;

  • Portfolio of research and/or creative practice, including examples of student work, if available (max 25 MB);

  • Contact information for three references, including name, position, employer, email address, phone number, and your professional relationship with them;

The committee will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Finalists for the position will be asked for additional materials including letters of recommendation, and further evidence of teaching and scholarship. Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be scheduled for early February through early March of 2023. The school expects to extend a job offer in April and complete the hire by May 2023, with employment expected to begin in August 2023.


An earned doctorate is required by the start of the appointment. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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

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