Architecture Faculty Position (Open-Rank)- Environmental Building Systems

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 30, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Architecture, Other Professional Fields, Urban & Regional Planning
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design seeks applicants for tenure-track faculty position(s) in environmental building systems, environmental technology, sustainability, high-performance buildings, or building science at the Blacksburg campus. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to both research and to the culture of a design school. The ideal candidate will engage in rigorous inquiry and teach technical competence to students--while also either teaching a design studio or engaging students in design thinking within the environmental building systems lecture course sequence.

The position places the applicant at the Assistant Professor (tenure track) level, or--when appropriate--as a tenured faculty including Associate or Full Professor; or as a Virginia Tech Professor of Practice (Assistant; Associate or Full Professor of Practice) working simultaneously in the profession and the academy.

The architecture programs at Virginia Tech emphasize student-centered experimentation and cross-disciplinary hands-on learning. The ideal candidate will see no inherent conflict between teaching and research, and see no rivalry between building science and design studio instruction.

The School is especially eager to attract diverse faculty with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We are on a quest to build a program that accelerates university education towards practices accessible to everyone, that proactively makes meaningful impacts and contributions to well-being, and that brings beauty and delight to our everyday lives. As a large program, we have a responsibility and opportunity to make a difference in the architecture profession. People of all backgrounds will be welcomed here.

We are looking for people committed to diversifying the profession, willing to contribute their experiences to enrich the campus community life, and who want to work with us to design an architectural education that prepares our students to be active contributors in making the world better.

The primary responsibilities of this position are to teach the Environmental Building Systems (EBS) course sequence (or a portion of it); that sequence includes thermal comfort, mechanical systems, lighting, acoustics, enclosure, sustainability, indoor air quality, energy use, and all manner of high-performance building design. The ideal candidate should also possess a research agenda and, once here, will find support for that agenda throughout the university. All faculty are expected to participate in the School's life by attending lectures, attending special events, reviewing student work, and attending faculty meetings. In addition, they will contribute to ongoing program dialogues concerning contemporary architectural education and practice. Position will be based only on the Blacksburg campus.

Required Qualifications

- A terminal degree (Master's) in architecture or building science by the appointment start date of the position.
- Proven ability and successes in communicating ideas and rigorous research inquiry
- A trajectory commensurate with someone who is (or will be) exemplary in their field

Preferred Qualifications

- A record of professional engagement and accomplishment
- A record of publishing or exhibition in the field
- Establishing and documenting cross-cultural and/or cross-disciplinary work
- Involvement in community events and activities
- Licensure in architecture, considerable progress toward licensure, or doctorate

Application Materials

The following information will be included in complete applications:

1) Curriculum Vitae

2) a brief cover letter which situates your work within the discipline and profession and describes your teaching approach

3) a portfolio of creative work and/or research (can be a link to a website or a .pdf)

4) the names and contact information for three current references as attachments to the online application.

Additional materials may be requested and required from shortlisted candidates.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

February 10, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Roslyn Garrison at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: January 14, 2022
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