Assistant or Associate Professor, Interior Architecture

Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 27, 2023

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Assistant or Associate Professor, Interior Architecture


Interior Architecture


Architecture & Design

Employment Type


Critical Review Track (similar to tenure track)


Position Description

The Department of Interior Architecture in the Division of Architecture and Design at Rhode Island School of Design invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, to commence fall 2024. Rank will be dependent on experience.

RISD recognizes principles of social equity, inclusion, and diversity as fundamental to its academic mission as an art and design school. We understand these principles to require ongoing attention to differential embodied experience and expansion of the forms of knowledge from which our curricula originate. RISD is engaged in the collective work of institutional transformation and would value applicants whose pedagogical and professional experiences have prepared them to foster equitable teaching and learning environments. We seek applicants whose teaching and professional work (creative practice and/or academic scholarship) attends to embodied difference as intersectional and centers on bodies of knowledge from historically underrepresented communities. We particularly encourage applicants who can help advance the institution’s social equity, inclusion, and diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and long standing, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other People of Color, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, veterans, people with disabilities, and first-generation college students.

The Department of Interior Architecture ( INTAR ) seeks applicants whose architectural/design practices include one or both of the following areas of specialization: 1) adaptive reuse of the built environment, especially through history and theory in global contexts that include preservation, interior design, and ornamentation; 2) exhibition design and narrative environments, with an emphasis on curatorial practice and museology. Additionally, we welcome applicants whose professional practice, research focus, and/or teaching practice considers how emergent technologies, broadly conceived, can advance design work in adaptive reuse, interior architecture, and exhibition + narrative environments.

The successful candidate will teach a range of both undergraduate and graduate core and advanced coursework in their area of specialization. They should value and foster the department’s emphasis on critical thinking in design and the department’s pedagogies of political advocacy, community outreach, engagement, and collaborative partnership. The departmental ethos is one of embracing experimental practices that are informed by emerging and evolving technologies, immersed in principles of social equity, and committed to fostering social and environmental justice.

Required Qualifications
  • A master’s degree in Architecture or Interior Architecture, or an equivalent degree in a related discipline that focuses on structures in the built environment
  • Demonstrated experience teaching design studios and seminars at the college level, undergraduate and/or graduate, in the areas of specialization sought
  • Design studio teaching that demonstrates facility with teaching the different phases of design from concept to development, as well as structure and detailing of materials
  • A clear research agenda as evidenced through creative, scholarly or professional work such as academic publications, organized symposia, curated exhibitions, installations in the public realm or significant built work
  • A record of creative practice/work that advances diversity, equity and inclusion and leads to a more equitable understanding of design in the built environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching and/or professional work that supports social justice and sustainable futures
  • A clearly articulated position on the application of emergent technologies in design
  • A demonstrated record of supporting a globally and culturally diverse body of students in developing their design and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated interest in cross-disciplinary and collaborative teaching
  • Interest and experience in craft and making, both analog and digital
Preferred Qualifications
  • Additional study beyond the Master’s degree
  • Demonstrated experience integrating emergent technologies, such as artificial intelligence, immersive and interactive environments, x-realities, robotics, and those related to sustainability, in the teaching of design studios and other courses
  • Experience in developing and shaping curricula through innovative teaching
  • Demonstrated experience in curriculum development
  • Demonstrated administrative experience
  • Demonstrated experience with outreach and recruitment activity related to graduate education
RISD/ Department Description

Rhode Island School of Design ( RISD ) is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,500 graduate and undergraduate students. RISD has a critical review process, which is very similar to the tenure process. RISD supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, pre-critical review leave, conference funds, and professional development grants. For more information about RISD, please visit .

Students and faculty in the Interior Architecture department at RISD engage in a specialist design education in the alteration of existing built environments from heritage sites to exhibitions and narrative environments. The objective of designing interventions in the existing built environment engages a wide range of practices, and we believe these adjacencies allow us to shape a unique pedagogical approach to interior architecture. Teaching students to take a critical position, place their inquiry within relevant context(s), and evaluate and anticipate potential consequences of their interventions is the core of INTAR’s pedagogy. With an emphasis on the historic and theoretical contexts of existing constructs, our programs bridge intuitive and analytical thinking, encourage hands-on research, and explore opportunities for experimentation. INTAR recognizes that the current and future workplace demands an education based on collaborative opportunities with community, external partners, and internal partners. INTAR’s interest in sustainability and climate action, and genuine concern for human ecology and resilience, is congruent with the mission of the Department of Landscape Architecture. A long-term sustainability grant supports collaboration between the two departments.

Within the department’s focus on the critical preservation of heritage structures, evolving areas of interest lie in the reuse of materials, transformative interventions, continuation of cultural phenomena through built infrastructure, connections across the fabric of time and space, and preservation of memory – all of which result in densely woven narratives of the built environment with adaptive reuse as their tool. Researching and teaching preservation not solely from the perspective of furthering historic continuity, but also from a position that accepts interruptions, fragmentation, or even destruction of a tangible or socio-cultural fabric, using the tools of adaptation and narratives, is a core contribution the Department of INTAR makes to the Division of Architecture + Design.

Leadership responsibilities in the INTAR Department, such as Department Head and Graduate Program Director roles, rotate. The willingness of colleagues to participate in these and other leadership opportunities in the Department is critical to its functioning.

Faculty Responsibilities

The full-time faculty teaching load is six teaching units a year. In addition to teaching, full-time faculty are expected to maintain a dynamic professional practice, serve on college committees, advise students, participate in curriculum development and other departmental and/or divisional activities and projects, and contribute to the vibrancy of the intellectual life of the college.



Salary Information

For information about base pay for this position, please refer to Article XII “Salaries” (p. 19-22) in the Faculty Association Collective Bargaining Contract 2022-2025. The contract indicates the minimum base salary for each rank.

Pre-employment Requirement

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

Special Instructions to Applicants

RISD Faculty Search Committees comprise colleagues from within and outside of the hiring Department.

Please attach the following to the appropriate links in the section labeled “Documents Needed to Apply”:

1.) Letter of intent
2.) Curriculum vitae
3.) A teaching philosophy that articulates your approach to inclusive pedagogy
4.) Three syllabi (In one PDF please include one design studio syllabus, one core course syllabus, and one taught or aspirational syllabus that focuses on adaptive reuse, exhibition design, narrative environments, technology and/or engages with underrepresented communities and/or bodies of knowledge)
5.) Portfolio of images of recent professional work (20 images maximum, in one PDF, the images should be submitted in slideshow format and include an image description list or descriptive captions)
6.) Portfolio of images of student work (20 images maximum, in one PDF, images should be submitted in slideshow format and include contextualizing captions and brief course descriptions)

Applications may not be edited once they are certified and submitted.

File size is limited to 10 MB per file.

Only materials that have been requested will be considered.

The only links that may be included are those that refer to work already contained in the portfolio of images of recent professional work and/or those that refer to work already contained in the portfolio of images of student work. Links to time-based work are permitted. Time-based samples of recent professional work should not exceed 15 minutes, in total. Time-based samples of student work should not exceed 10 minutes, in total.

Names and contact information for three references are requested as part of the application process. Requests for reference letters are sent directly to the reference providers when candidates become finalists.

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials by January 8, 2024 are assured full consideration.

EEO Statement

RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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Documents Needed To Apply
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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Portfolio of Professional Work
  4. Portfolio of Student Work
  5. Teaching Philosophy
  6. Sample Syllabi
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RISD is a college and museum founded in 1877 in Providence, RI. Today 2,620 students engage in 44 full-time bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, supported by a committed faculty and worldwide network of more than 31,000 alumni.

By cultivating expansive and elastic thinking, RISD equips artists, designers and scholars to generate and challenge the ideas that shape our world.

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