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Assistant or Associate Professor, Architecture

Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 14, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts, Professional Fields, Architecture, Urban & Regional Planning
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant or Associate Professor, Architecture


Department of Architecture


Architecture & Design

Employment Type


Critical Review Track (similar to tenure track)


Position Description

The Department of Architecture in the Division of Architecture and Design, Rhode Island School of Design, invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor to commence Fall 2022.

At RISD, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our learning community and integral to an art and design education. We’re searching for candidates whose experience in teaching, scholarship, professional practice, and college or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

The department seeks qualified individuals for a full-time critical review position (RISD’s version of tenure) to offer graduate and undergraduate-level instruction in architectural design. This is a design-plus position and successful candidates will teach design studios in addition to offering foundational and advanced courses based on their area of expertise: building technology, computation, representation, or history/theory/criticism.

In addition, the department seeks a colleague with expertise in design pedagogy and practice in its intersectionality with matters of racial, social and environmental justice; decoloniality in architecture; expanded modalities of architectural practice, including activism, curation, cooperativizing small firms, building nonprofit agencies, public advocacy, and collectivizing education; and a creative practice and teaching record that problematizes the inequalities endemic to the built environment (i.e., borderization, property ownership, the commons, gentrification, urban enclaves, environmental racism, redlining, etc.)

Required Qualifications
  • A professional degree in architecture (B.Arch or M.Arch) or an allied field. The department values applicants with expertise in specific research methodologies (both design and humanities or social science based), collaborative experience with community engagement or industry partners, and interest in transdisciplinary projects across the art and design disciplines.
  • A clear, explicit and ambitious research agenda that combines design practice and racial, social and environmental justice.
  • Demonstrated record of design pedagogy and practice with respect to matters of racial, social and environmental justice
  • Demonstrated record of successful, innovative, and collaborative teaching at the college level that identifies and problematizes the inequalities endemic to the built environment.
  • Demonstrated experience decolonizing architectural curricula or a record of scholarship, creative practice, or design research that advances decoloniality in architecture.
  • A creative practice and/or a teaching record that engages works, cultures, and bodies of knowledge from historically underrepresented communities.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced, specialized training, such as an M.S. M.A., M.Phil., or Ph.D.) and/or professional licensure, as well as candidates on the path to professional licensure
  • Fluency in digital design media including tools and software
  • Experience integrating emerging technologies with studio, seminar and/or lecture teaching
  • Full-time teaching experience
  • Experience shaping or re-designing architectural curricula
Department /RISD Description

Rhode Island School of Design ( RISD ) is a college of art and design in Providence, Rhode Island with approximately 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students. RISD supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, pre-critical review leave, conference funds, and professional development grants. RISD has a critical review process, which is very similar to the tenure process. Candidates are invited to review RISD NEXT : 2020-2027, our college-wide strategic plan , which foregrounds Just Societies, Sustainability and New Ways of Making and Knowing, and as institutional priorities. For more information about RISD, please visit

RISD Architecture is one of the college’s large departments with 290 students enrolled in two degree paths: a five-year B.Arch, and a three-year M.Arch. with the possibility of advanced standing for completion of this graduate degree in two years. We are currently a faculty of 18 full-time and between 30 and 40 part-time members. We are fortunate to be one of a few departments of architecture in this country housed within a preeminent college of the arts, and we take advantage of this proximity by creating a milieu that is rich in media exploration, testing various materials and formats for the dissemination of architectural ideas. Central to the mission of our department, and our college, is a commitment to making racial, social, and environmental justice foundational to the education of the architect, and as a faculty, we are actively engaged in decolonizing our curriculum and proactively addressing canonical silences and omissions through the recovery of marginalized historical narratives and precedents. As an art college, RISD has an activist student culture driving our community’s desire to make these important and substantive changes in the curriculum. Our students are engaged and creative, and upon graduating they become advocates for the built environment and the communities that architecture has historically underserved.

Faculty Responsibilities

The full-time faculty teaching load is typically four courses 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 activities and projects, and contribute to the vibrancy of the intellectual life of the college.



Pre-employment Requirement

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

Special Instructions to Applicants

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

1.) Letter of intent
2.) Curriculum vitae
3.) A statement of teaching philosophy. The teaching philosophy should include a statement about how the candidate attends to diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to the learning experience.
4.) A teaching portfolio including excerpted or complete syllabi (20 pages maximum, as a single PDF
5.) Portfolio of recent professional work (20 pages maximum, as a single PDF )

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 semi-finalists.

Rank will be determined by professional status and teaching experience.

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials by December 1, 2021, 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. Supplemental Portfolio
  5. Teaching Philosophy
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