This job has expired

Adjunct Faculty for Architectural Practice Course

Carnegie Mellon University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 10, 2023

Job Details


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 week.

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 grading.

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.

School Description

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 SoA website .


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 is preferred.

Application Instructions

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 mentioned above
  • 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.


Carnegie Mellon Univesity

Carnegie Mellon University challenges the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters.

A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world's most renowned educational institutions, and sets its own course. Start the journey here.

Over the past 10 years, more than 400 startups linked to CMU have raised more than $7 billion in follow-on funding. Those investment numbers are especially high because of the sheer size of Pittsburgh’s growing autonomous vehicles cluster – including Uber, Aurora, Waymo and Motional – all of which are here because of their strong ties to CMU.

With cutting-edge brain science, path-breaking performances, innovative startups, driverless cars, big data, big ambitions, Nobel and Turing prizes, hands-on learning, and a whole lot of robots, CMU doesn't imagine the future, we create it. 

Many seek Pittsburgh for being a hot spot for entrepreneurship and a model for future cities. Others come for the city's burgeoning food scene.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert