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Real Estate Development Adjunct Faculty

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 23, 2024

Job Details


Carnegie Mellon Architecture (CM_A) is seeking an architecture, urban design, planning, and/or real estate development professional to teach a graduate course on the fundamentals of real estate development, the interdependence of real estate development and design, and the social, economic and regulatory contexts in which development takes place.

Course Description

The course should introduce the systems, processes, and many stakeholders through which architectural projects get imagined, produced, and valued. It should cover project team members and the phases of a project; market research and programming; site constraints and zoning restrictions; basic project budgeting and how available capital affects development projects. The course should include a financial component that will introduce students to the basic techniques of property valuation, project budgeting, pro forma analysis, sourcing of financing, and investment analysis.

The course should tie into the School’s Pedagogies initiatives by discussing how real estate development relates to climate change, artificial intelligence, and social justice through ideas such as land use, affordable housing, segregation, and economic inequality. Because this course typically includes many international students, it should also include some discussion of development in other countries.

The semester’s effort will culminate in the execution of a team case study of a recent and/or currently underway project. The study components may include a basic market analysis, program evaluation, schematic design, project cost estimates, pro forma analysis, and evaluation of financial feasibility. Students will make a final presentation to the class and possibly, visiting professionals.

Students will have the first two weeks of class to select 9 or 12 CMU credits; 12 credit students will complete additional work. The course is scheduled to meet in person on CMU’s Pittsburgh campus for 14 weeks, from August 27 - December 5, 2024, with classes on Tuesdays & Thursday mornings from 8:00 am - 9:20 am. In addition to class time, students are expected to do about 6-9 hours of homework per week, depending on the credits.

The course is required for all 2nd-year graduate students in the School’s Master of Urban Design (MUD) program, and all 1st-year students in the Master of Architecture - Engineering - Construction Management (AECM) graduate program. The course may also include graduate students from the Tepper School of Business and the Heinz School of Public Policy. We are expecting about 40 students total. TAs will be provided to help with class logistics and grading. A modest stipend to aid in course development in summer 2024 will be provided, in addition to the Fall semester compensation commensurate with experience.

School Description

Carnegie Mellon Architecture is committed to providing a deep immersion in the discipline of architecture. We have set ourselves the goal of preparing our students to meet the major challenges facing architectural design and the built environment in the 21st century; namely climate change, artificial intelligence and social justice. We place design and technological competency at the center of our pedagogy across the School’s many programs, including the B. Arch, M. Arch, post-professional Master's (both MS and studio-based) and the doctoral programs.

Our student body totals over 400 undergraduate and graduate students, and is situated within the College of Fine Arts, alongside the Schools of Art, Design, Drama and Music. Our university is classified as an "R1: Doctoral University – Highest Research Activity" institution. As such, a wide range of transdisciplinary educational and research opportunities can be created at the school, college and/or university levels. 

Carnegie Mellon Architecture is a research-based department, situated within the College of Fine Arts and the program is intensified by a university culture of interdisciplinary innovation 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 graduates 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 laboratory for inquiry and action.

More information on Carnegie Mellon Architecture can be found on the School’s 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 May 31, 2024, with a view of employment beginning on Aug.1, 2024.

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 University


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.

Carnegie Mellon was founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie under the premise that a school established to foster and develop the technical skills of its students would soon produce students and graduates whose work would astound Pittsburgh and the world. Over 120 years later, our institution continues to produce talented alumni and draws faculty and staff eager to be a part of the university's creative, passionate and close-knit community. We place emphasis on practical problem solving, interdisciplinary learning, an entrepreneurial spirit, and collaboration.

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. 

Pittsburgh is home to over 86,000 students from 10 colleges and universities. Pittsburgh was ranked as one of the top U.S. cities for millennials.

Some 177,000 people work in Pittsburgh's tech-related industries, and their ranks continue to grow as the city tops lists for jobs. Networking opportunities, small business accelerators, and an innovative community make the city appealing to entrepreneurs, especially recent graduates.

Pittsburgh is emerging as a tech and culture hub that The Washington Post praises for its "world-class art museums and colorful neighborhoods."

Robotics and software engineering lead the way. The city is home to GoogleUber and Apple offices and a budding ecosystem of tech startups including DuolingoModcloth and 4Moms, all of which have CMU roots.

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.

You’ll find CMU locations nationwide — and worldwide. Silicon Valley. Qatar. Africa. Washington, D.C. To name a few.

If your heart is in your work, come work with us.

Carnegie Mellon University isn't just one of the world’s most renowned educational institutions — it’s also a hotspot for some of the most talented doers, dreamers and difference-makers on the planet. When you join our staff, you’ll become an important part of our mission to create a healthier, safer and more just life for all. No matter what your role or location, you’ll connect and collaborate with dedicated, passionate colleagues — and you’ll have the satisfaction of delivering work that truly matters.

Carnegie Mellon University offers a wide range of competitive employee benefits to help you live well. Benefit eligibility varies based on the hours per week employees are scheduled to work and the employee's geographic location

We seek to cultivate diverse populations and perspectives and promote equity and inclusion. Our devotion to these ideals springs from a core belief in the power of education to be a transformative and enriching force for every person, irrespective of their background, identity or life circumstances. 

Inclusion and belonging are intricately interwoven into the very essence of our university, helping to shape our values, policies and practices. Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are not only central to our ethos but also indispensable to our pursuit of academic excellence and innovation.

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