Director of Interior Architecture - Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure Track) - (FAC003055)

University of Houston
Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Sep 25, 2023

The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston seeks applications and nominations for a creative, collaborative, and motivated leader to serve as the Director of Interior Architecture at the rank of Assistant/ Associate Professor. Candidates will be considered for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor and will be expected to demonstrate a broad understanding of the discipline of Interior Architecture, as well as offer exceptional teaching, research, and leadership abilities and experience. We encourage candidates with multidisciplinary interests and expertise to apply.

The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design offers its students and faculty a platform of integrated disciplines - Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, and Environmental Design - that work together to negotiate the complexities of contemporary design practice, making extensive use of our state-of-the-art digital and fabrication facilities. Situated In the heart of one of the most fast-growing cities in the United States, our college promotes the idea of the city as a laboratory for research, where design is considered a form of critical thinking, calling forth innovative solutions for contemporary challenges.

Interior Architecture at UH
The discourse of Architecture at the scale of the Interior has undergone an unprecedented change. Having emerged as a degree, Interior Architecture engages trans-disciplinary knowledge within a new and blended territory. The Interior Architecture program at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design investigates the discipline by focusing our program on the reuse, adaptation, and transformation of existing buildings. Poised at the intersection of architecture, conservation, spatial design, ecological performance, and social agency--the trans-disciplinary nature of our curriculum offers students an extraordinary education where innovation, technology, and the art of 'making' converge. The program has just completed NASAD accreditation review in Spring, 2023, and is commencing its effort to secure CIDA accreditation. The program founded the International Journal of Interior Architecture and Spatial Design (ii).

Responsibilities/ Duties
We are searching for a leader who values collaboration, scholarship, and making with an ability to direct the multiple initiatives of the Interior Architecture program while pursuing and promoting research and design excellence. As an established program at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, this role offers candidates an opportunity to advance the development and stewardship of creative curricula and methodologies to continue to place our program at the forefront of discourse in Interior Architecture. Recognizing and expanding upon our strengths, candidates will be expected to continue the ongoing development of the identity of the program. Promoting the program, nurturing relationships with design professionals and the community, securing grants and funding sources, and mentoring junior faculty in Interior Architecture, are expected to be among the primary duties of the Director. In addition to leadership and service, successful candidates will teach design studios, conduct seminars and/or lecture courses, and maintain a research agenda. Accreditation for the Interior Architecture program at UH by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an immediate goal of the College of Architecture and Design, and candidate knowledge and experience in the accreditation process will be valued. The Director of Interior Architecture will be a primary administrator and contributor to both the Advanced Spatial Design (ASD) research group and the International Journal of Interior Architecture & Spatial Design—published by the University of Houston Atrium Press.


Only electronic applications will be accepted. Applicants should provide the following: a letter of intent responding to the outlined duties and qualifications, curriculum vitae, work and publication samples with the candidate’s role or responsibility indicated, and contact information for three references.

Submit application to: UH Careers - University of Houston

For further information or questions please contact: Interior Architecture Search Committee Co-Chairs:

Dijana Handanovic dhandan2@Central.UH.EDU

Ophélia Mantz omantz@Central.UH.EDU

Application review will begin December 01, 2023, with interviews expected early February 2024. The successful applicant is expected to start mid-August 2024.

For more information about the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and the Interior Architecture program, please visit: Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston

Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution and recognizes protected classes of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), genetic information, religion, age (40 and above), national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or status, and gender expression as required by federal law. Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications :

Qualified candidates must hold at least one degree in Architecture, or Interior Architecture, at the graduate or undergraduate level.
Candidates must hold a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in a design-related field.
Experience in Interior Architecture must be demonstrated with an exemplary record of leadership, professional practice, scholarship, publications, and teaching.
Candidates must demonstrate an awareness of contemporary design issues, superior design and representational skills, and clarity in communication with openness to collaboration.
Candidates strongly committed to innovative teaching practices, cultural awareness, and advanced visualization are sought.
Candidates with a specialization in lighting, furniture design, etc., are also encouraged to apply.
Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for a faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of the final candidate. All positions at the university are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check.

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