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Pro Tem Research Assistant/Associate (School of Architecture and Environment) - Open Pool

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 5, 2024

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Architecture
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Pro Tem Research Assistant/Associate (School of Architecture and Environment) - Open Pool

Job no: 530153

Work type: Faculty - Pro Tempore

Location: Eugene, OR, Portland, OR

Categories: Architecture/Art/Design, Research/Scientific/Grants, Environmental Studies

Department: College of Design, School of Architecture and Environment
Rank: Research Assistant, Research Associate
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

Applications will be reviewed as needs arise.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit an online application, including a CV as well as names and contact information for three professional references.

Department Summary

The School of Architecture and Environment provides accredited professional (leading to licensure or certification) and post-professional education for architects, historic preservationists, interior architects, and landscape architects through 13 degree programs and post-professional research-based degrees: Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture (track I & II), Master of Science in Architecture, Ph.D. in Sustainability, Bachelor of Interior Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture (track I & II), Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture, Minor in Historic Preservation, and Master of Science in Historic Preservation. The School has 47 permanent faculty, approximately 700 students, as well as an office staff. In addition, 50 - 60 pro tempore professors, 60 - 70 Graduate Employees/Research Fellows, and 8 - 10 student assistants are hired per year.

The Architecture Department examines how design of the physical environment can repair the natural environment, regenerate communities and elevate the human spirit. Broad societal challenges are addressed through the lens of specific clients, locations and ecosystems. Established in 1914, the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts was one of the first to break away from Beaux-Arts pedagogy to emphasize non-competitive, individualized education. Faculty are committed to creating a student-centered learning community that embraces multiple viewpoints. It is a department in which learning, research, and professional activity inform each other; in which new ideas and established traditions are in dialogue.
The department thrives on interdisciplinary academic partnerships in Eugene and engages in robust partnerships with professionals, government agencies and non-profit organizations in Portland and around the globe. Department strengths include energy-efficient buildings, timber construction, housing design, and urbanism.

Historic Preservation
The School of Architecture & Environment's Historic Preservation program—the oldest such program on the West Coast—operates out of the University of Oregon's Portland campus, where students can study the city's rich physical and social heritage and participate in the dynamic planning processes that are shaping this center of urban sustainability. Students take classes in the White Stag Building, an award-winning adaptive reuse of several historic commercial buildings, and apply the skills they learn in real-world projects that help communities understand and protect their cultural resources and traditions.
Areas of expertise include: introduction to historic preservation, survey and inventory, national register nomination, preservation economics, land use ethics, adaptive use studio, building documentation and analysis, cultural resource management/public policies in preservation, preservation technology, and American architectural history.

Interior Architecture
Interior architecture integrates critical analysis with creative thinking to revitalize, reuse, and adapt buildings to resonate with users and provide uplifting, healthy, and sustainable interior environments. The curriculum emphasizes design at all scales from large scale adaptive reuse to furniture design and fabrication. Students and faculty collaborate closely with faculty in the Department of Architecture as they share required and elective coursework with professional programs in architecture. The Department of Interior Architecture offers fully-accredited professional degree programs in Architecture (BIarch and MIarch accredited by CIDA the Council for Interior Design Accreditation) as well as post-professional degrees: the Master of Science in Interior Architecture.

Landscape Architecture
The Department of Landscape Architecture is the oldest landscape architecture department on the West Coast. UO is the only university in Oregon that offers professionally accredited landscape architecture degrees, and one of only three universities in the nation to offer BLA, MLA and PhD degrees. The curriculum emphasizes understanding landscapes across multiple scales and contexts to support innovative design, critical thinking, and real-world problem solving. The department encourages engagement-based teaching, through cutting-edge initiatives such as the Urban Farm and the Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes, and partners with groups like UO's Sustainable Cities Initiative and the American Society of Landscape Architects to collaborate on projects that address pressing issues in actual landscapes with real stakeholders.

Position Summary

The School of Architecture and Environment (SAE) invites applicants for temporary, part-time, limited duration research positions in the Department of Architecture, the Historic Preservation Program, the Department of Interior Architecture, and the Department of Landscape Architecture. Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture positions are located on the main Eugene campus along with the majority of Architecture positions. Historic Preservation positions and a small number of Architecture positions are located in Portland.

Duties typically are based on grant-funded project-specific needs, but include:
Site evaluations or modeling, project coordination, interviews, data collection and/or analysis.

Connections to professional practice and to emerging technology and ideas in the professions are highly desirable.

Minimum Requirements

To qualify for the rank of Research Assistant:
  • A master's degree in a relevant field, such as architecture, landscape architecture, or historic preservation.

    To qualify for the rank of Research Associate:
  • Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree in relevant field.

    In exceptional circumstances, significant professional experience in a relevant field may substitute for an advanced degree.

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    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

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