The Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) School of Architecture (SoA)
is seeking an architecture, urban design, planning, and/or real
estate development professional to teach a course in the Spring
2024 semester that introduces students to the systems, processes
and stakeholders through which architectural projects get imagined,
produced, and valued.
The successful candidate will be asked to design and teach a new
course in the “Professional Practice” stream of CMU’s accredited
professional B.Arch and M.Arch programs. The new course should tie
into the new Pedagogies
of the School of
Architecture, as well as the requirements of the National
Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The new course will likely
include aspects of the following:
1) VALUE & VALUES: the production of all manner of “value” in
architecture and planning, including economic, ecological, and
societal, for the purpose of creating resilience, community, and
inclusion for all.
2) ACTORS & AGENCY: the complex networks of actors (architects,
developers, government, nonprofits, community planners, the public,
nonhumans, etc.) and the role of power and agency in designing and
developing the built environment
3) SYSTEMS: the macro and micro forces that shape the production of
our cities, neighborhoods, and buildings. Through case studies and
other methods, students should be introduced to an integrated and
systems-based approach to understanding patterns of development
based on the interaction between various forces such as: urban
governance, regulatory systems, finance models, access to capital,
cultures of architectural production, community engagement,
environmental context, and societal values. There should be a
particular emphasis on regulatory systems and contexts in
Pittsburgh, with discussion on how these compare to other domestic
and international contexts.
4) ALTERNATIVE MODELS: analysis, discussion, and speculation about
alternative models of practice and emerging perspectives including
approaches that create long term affordability, promote shared
ownership, increase equitable access, and respond to climate change
and limited resources.
The 6-unit course is scheduled to meet in person, on CMU’s
Pittsburgh campus for 14 weeks, from January 16 - May 8, 2024, with
classes on Tuesdays from 10:00 am - 11:50 am. In addition to class
time, students are expected to do about 4 hours of homework per
The course will be required for all students in CMU’s professional
B.Arch and M.Arch programs, including approx. 45 undergraduate
students in the 3rd year of a 5-year B.Arch program, and 25
graduate students in the final semester of a 2-year M.Arch program.
The course may also include students from other undergraduate and
graduate degree programs.
TAs will be provided to help with class logistics and
A modest stipend to aid in course development in the late fall 2023
will be provided, in addition to the Spring compensation
commensurate with experience.
The School of Architecture is one of five schools, alongside the
Schools of Art, Design, Drama and Music in the College of Fine
Arts. The School offers two Bachelors programs (BA and B.Arch),
seven Masters programs including the professional Master of
Architecture, and four doctoral programs. Our student body totals
over 400 undergraduate and graduate students. Carnegie Mellon
University is classified as an "R1: Doctoral University – Highest
Research Activity" institution. As such, a wide range of
transdisciplinary educational and research opportunities are
supported at the school, college and/or university.
Our school’s philosophy is to provide deep immersion in the
discipline of architecture, expanded by a university culture of
interdisciplinarity and creative inquiry. Our undergraduate and
graduate degree programs prepare students to be excellent,
discipline-defining design-thinkers in diverse global contexts. We
believe that architectural excellence demands both rigorous
training in fundamentals and the development of unique expertise -
whether the sciences, the humanities, engineering, or computation.
Though each of our students graduate with intensive architecture
knowledge, no two graduates leave with the same education.
Our programs take advantage of:
- Our position within one of the world’s leading research and
entrepreneurship institutions at the interdisciplinary intersection
of technology, the arts, and the humanities;
- Specialized facilities and centers like the Robert L. Preger
Intelligent Workplace, dFAB Lab, Code Lab, Remaking Cities
Institute, and the IDeATe Physical Computing Lab;
- The context of our dynamic, post-industrial city of Pittsburgh
as a place for inquiry and engagement.
More information on the School of Architecture can be found on the
This position requires a bachelor's degree in architecture or
related disciplines such as urban planning, urban studies, public
policy or real estate development. An advanced degree is preferred.
Professional experience in architectural project development, urban
design, planning, real estate, community development or government
To apply, access and complete the online application form at
submitting the following materials:
- A letter of interest that indicates your specific areas of
expertise and how you might address the four content areas
- A full curriculum vitae;
- Contact information for three references, including name,
position, email address, phone number and your professional
relationship with them.
Applications will start to be considered on October 10, 2023, with
a view of employment beginning on Nov. 15, 2023.
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