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Assistant or Associate Professor of Architecture in Urban Design
University of Kansas

Date Posted Dec. 10, 2020
Title Assistant or Associate Professor of Architecture in Urban Design
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department Architecture Design
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Architecture/Landscape Architecture

Assistant or Associate Professor of Architecture in Urban Design

Architecture Design

Position Overview

The School of Architecture & Design at the University of Kansas invites applications for a tenure/tenure-track position of Assistant, or Associate Professor of Architecture with an emphasis in Urban Design beginning in the fall of 2021. The Architecture Department faculty’s core purpose is to prepare new practitioners in the design of the built environment, and for the path to Architectural licensure. It seeks ways by which humanity can inhabit this planet in a sustainably healthy way. It does so primarily through its NAAB accredited MArch program, and its soon to be accredited Interior Architecture program.

In order to serve this purpose, the Architecture faculty is committed to understanding the built environment at all scales. We engage in developing cross-disciplinary research and academic initiatives that bear on reshaping global urban environments. We demonstrate excellence in the application of design skills and digital technologies to the built environment. We promote and reflect upon some the most pressing socio-spatial challenges of our time including climate change and the environmental impacts of urbanization, transformation in the nature of work, increasing economic and social inequality, global and local patterns of displacement, etc. We develop and apply scholarly knowledge in urban design as it addresses global scale challenges, and urban design and planning challenges facing our State, and region (particularly the Kansas City metropolitan area). We are committed to excellence in applying our knowledge and experience in our educating the next generation of architects. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to its core purpose as described above.

In addition to the MArch and IA degrees, the Architecture Department also offers a BA in Architectural Studies, MA in Architecture, a PhD, and multiple certificate programs. It has urban design studios in Kansas City, as well as summer, semester, and year-long foreign study programs around the globe. In addition to our Health and Wellness Design Institute and the School’s Center for Design Research, the Architecture Department has recognized areas of expertise in: Design-Build, Sports and Entertainment, Interior Architecture, Public Interest Design, Historic Preservation, Sustainable Design, and Smart Cities.

The School of Architecture and Design is dedicated to inclusive, diverse and equitable learning, teaching and working environment for its community of students, staff and faculty. We believe that the process of design is elevated when differences are respected, ideas are shared and people are connected. We recognize that all people should have a say in the creation of their own environment. We aspire to advance the culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and representation at the School of Architecture and Design. This task demands a collaborative approach and one that integrates culturally competent protocols and policies in our everyday ideas, thinking and practices. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Kansas actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

Job Description

Position Overview continued:
Founded in 1865, the University of Kansas is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral research university and one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate programs which include education, public health, medicine, law, the humanities, and a number of allied social science disciplines. Situated in the historic, diverse, and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, Kansas, 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area, the University of Kansas’ Department of Architecture has a 108-year history of educating Architects who have made significant contributions to the State, region, and world.

Job Duties:
Teaching (40%)
Typical teaching expectation for Architecture faculty is: two 6-credit Architectural Design studios, and one 3-credit lecture or seminar per year. Meet department expectation in terms of student advising.

Research (40%)
Conduct research, creative, and/or professional work that focuses on issues of Urban Design. Disseminate this work through peer-reviewed publications, and conferences. Seek external support for R/C/P work.

Service (20%)
Serve the Department, University, State, and the Profession (primarily on committees, and boards

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications (Assistant and Associate Professor Candidates):
A Professional Degree in Architecture. (NAAB accredited or equivalent)
Demonstrated record of Research. Creative, and/or Professional Work that demonstrates expertise in Architectural, and Urban Design.
PhD* in Architecture with an Urban Design Emphasis or in Urban Design OR a Professional Licensure in Architecture* (NCARB approved for U.S. jurisdiction or equivalent) plus a Post-Professional graduate degree in Architecture or Urban Design
Required Qualifications (for Associate Professor Candidates only):

Established record of teaching that is consistent with the department’s standards for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor of Architecture.
Established record of Research/Creative/Professional work that is consistent with the department’s standard for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor of Architecture.
*Candidates at All But Dissertation (ABD) or at All But Exams (ABE) will be considered. Appointment would have an "acting" designation assigned pending completion.

Contact Information to Applicants

Search Committee Chair
Prof. Steve Padget

Additional Candidate Instruction

Applicants should submit: 1) Letter of intent, including a statement outlining their area of expertise, research, creative, and/or professional interests, and show how they see these contributing to the degree programs in Architecture at the University of Kansas; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) Names and contact information (email included) of three references; and 4) A portfolio of professional, research and/or creative work as well as student work (as applicable). Please upload candidate package and indicate in the letter of intent a URL to access the complete digital version of the portfolio.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Application review will begin January 15, 2021 and will remain open until the position is filled. To apply and for more information, go to

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