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Visiting Assistant Professor for Architectural Design+
University of Utah

Date Posted Feb. 22, 2021
Title Visiting Assistant Professor for Architectural Design+
University University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Department School of Architecture
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2021
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  • Assistant Professor
    Adjunct/Visiting Prof
  • Architecture/Landscape Architecture

The School of Architecture (SoA) within the University of Utah’s College of Architecture + Planning invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in architectural design. This position will be a 9-month appointment (1.0 FTE) to begin on July 1, 2021 with the possibility of renewal for one additional academic year.

The SoA offers a 2-year and 3+ accredited Master of Architecture degree as well as both a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies and graduate certificates in Historic Preservation, Urban Design, and Community Engaged Practices. The SoA also houses our Multi-disciplinary Design program, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Design. In the last three years, we have implemented a new curriculum for the undergraduate and graduate architecture degree programs. This curriculum interrogates the role of architecture and the responsibility of the architect in the construction of community. We are committed to design excellence, and teaching the practices of creative thinking, collective agency, and global citizenship. Our work is interdisciplinary and highly integrated, borrowing from an array of fields including cultural theories, ecological systems theory, environmental justice, ethnography, law, literature, and public policy. We are known as champions of place-based engagement (including Design-Build BLUFF and Design-Build Salt Lake), social justice, and environmental stewardship. We convene critical conversations-hosting multiple national conferences, fostering community dialogues, publishing the journal Dialectic-and serve as a test bed for ideas on our university campus. We are makers, risk-takers, and innovators, driven by our ethic of care, which underlies all we do in our teaching, scholarship and service:

Integrated Curriculum
We are highly motivated to continue building an inclusive school of architecture in which we collectively explore research methodologies that give our students the ability to become skilled designers and critical, reflective citizens and activists in their architectural practices and their communities. In order to accomplish this goal, we have developed an integrated studio sequence where design is co-taught with research methods, technology, site design, or gender, queer and race theories. At the graduate level, our integrated sequence builds up to three immersive design studio tracks: Design-Build BLUFF, Design-Build Salt Lake, and Urban Design. Finally, both the Bachelor and Master degrees end with a capstone project in which students independently integrate diverse knowledge and research across architectural and interdisciplinary fields.

The School of Architecture prides itself on its commitment to respect the communities it serves and the responsibility that this work has as a form of political action. It is clear how great the need is for us to enact collective accountability and high standards: we must address, at minimum, how architects are to confront these inequities-or risk further propagating them. As educators, we see this moment as defining for a new generation of design professionals. This is an opportunity to address systemic structures that propagate injustice. We must reflect upon current ways of teaching and practice, so we can confront these challenging issues, engage productively in uncomfortable conversations, and critically examine the status quo. Because the status quo is not working. It has not worked. It has excluded too many.

It must be recognized that architects and designers, if quiet, are complicit in perpetuating racial injustice in exclusion, policing, and red-lining. A commitment to equity, empathy, and resilience demands facing both the marginalization and exclusions that persist in our profession and design work. We see this moment as our charge to correct designers’ role in perpetuating racial injustice. We must reimagine architecture’s responsibility to promote change, drive discourse, and support diversity. We are committed to addressing these issues so that our students will be a transformative force that, through inclusive leadership, fundamentally changes our profession.

Position Description
The School of Architecture seeks a visiting faculty in architectural design to teach student-centered studio courses in collaboration with integrated subjects at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, the successful candidate will teach lecture courses/seminars in the area of their expertise, preferably in integrated technology, materials, historic preservation, or urban design. All faculty are expected to conduct research and/or creative work within a R1 university setting.
(The university policy defining career-line vs tenure-line faculty is linked here:

Required qualifications
- A record of interdisciplinary integration and design methodology;
- Strong evidence of design excellence and professional architectural experience;
- Previous teaching in architecture studio and/or mentoring experience (with examples); and
- A terminal degree in architecture (e.g., M.Arch).

Preferred qualifications include
- Research/teaching focus in integrated technology, materials, historic preservation, or urban design, etc.;
- Peer-reviewed research and/or creative work;
- Awards for teaching and/or design; and/or
- Architectural license.

Review of applications will begin March 22, 2021; the position, however, remains open until filled.

Qualified applicants must submit:
a) A letter of intent including research and teaching interests;
b) Curriculum vitae;
c) Teaching philosophy and diversity statement (one page);
d) A design portfolio (8MB max or a link to a digital portfolio); and
e) Names and contact information of three references (with phone, mail, and email addresses).

References will not be contacted prior to receiving the candidate’s consent to contact. Candidates may be asked to provide additional information during the search process. All materials should be uploaded via

Please address questions about the search for this position to the Search Committee Chair Associate Professor Ole W. Fischer by email: Questions pertaining specifically to the program may be directed to Chair and Associate Professor Lisa C. Henry:

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

  • The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

    The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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Contact Information

  • Ole Fischer
    School of Architecture
    University of Utah
    375 S 1530 E, Room 235 ARCH
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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