The School of Architecture at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH Manoa) seeks a dynamic and accomplished faculty member in landscape architecture, with expertise in designing ecologically and socially sustainable, resilient, healthy places and communities. The school seeks candidates who can demonstrate current, advanced scholarship and design inquiry that exhibits an in-depth understanding of the landscape architecture discipline, as well as strong teaching abilities and demonstrated effectiveness in studio instruction. This appointment will begin in Fall 2019 and will be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor.
The School of Architecture offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD) degree, Hawaii’s only professional landscape architecture degree (MLA), and a NAAB-accredited Doctor of Architecture (DArch) degree. It provides the successful candidate with a unique institutional context recognized for its Asia-Pacific, Hawaiʻi and urban ecological design research, emphasizing the distinct requirements and challenges of tropical island environments. The school and university embrace a collaborative, integrated approach to improving built environments through a strong commitment to design excellence, sustainability, and applied research.
Focused on ecological and social sustainability by design, UH Manoa’s MLA program aims to position its graduates to make essential professional contributions needed to maintain and enhance a beautiful, resilient, healthy, and prosperous Hawai’i within its complex Asia-Pacific and global context. Its focus on contemporary, sustainable urban/landscape design in tropical Asia-Pacific regions distinguishes this MLA from other North American landscape architecture programs. Hawai’i, with its rich natural and cultural history and manifold environmental and social challenges, provides a unique place of learning and opportunity for cutting-edge landscape architectural research, teaching, and practice. There is no other place in the United States where the aspirations of twenty-first century landscape architectural practice converge so seamlessly with the philosophy and culture of the local ancient, indigenous community. The school places emphasis on both theory and practice among its strategic priorities, which address regional issues and Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage as instructive models for complex global problems.
Duties and Responsibilities:
This full-time, 9-month faculty position includes responsibilities for teaching, research, creative work, and service. The School of Architecture seeks candidates who can help advance and strengthen the curriculum and focus of its new MLA degree and contribute to the delivery of the BEnvD and DArch programs. Within the required specialization in landscape architecture, desired expertise includes but is not limited to design research and practice at the intersection of landscape architecture and urban design; design for healthy, livable and resilient communities; and public-interest and/or community design. The school seeks candidates who will complement the skills of the faculty at the School of Architecture.
Candidates must have a minimum of a professional Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree. Additionally, before application for tenure, documentation of a professional license to practice landscape architecture (or architecture) is required of candidates who do not hold a PhD. Applicants must demonstrate excellent design, communication and collaboration skills; the ability to maintain a vigorous program of research and/or creative work; the potential to advance their discipline(s); and a strong record of demonstrated teaching effectiveness.
The school especially welcomes candidates with additional professional or post-professional degree(s) in landscape architecture/urban design/architecture, and/or a PhD in landscape architecture or urban design from an established doctoral program. Preference will be given to applicants with an established body of peer-reviewed built or creative work or scholarship in multiple areas relevant to landscape architecture, public-interest design, urban ecological design, and/or the design of healthy, resilient communities.
To apply: Candidates must submit a cover letter summarizing their interest and qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, samples of written research and/or creative work (maximum 20 pages), and the names and contact information of three (3) references. Review of applications to begin on December 3, 2018 and continue until position is filled. Electronic application submittal is required. Please send all requested materials as a single PDF file to: ArSearch@hawaii.edu.
Questions regarding the search should be directed to search committee chair Judith Stilgenbauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.