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Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor in Asia-Pacific Architectural History/Theory and Urban

University of Hawaii at Manoa-School of Architecture
Hawaii, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 5, 2017

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Architecture
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The School of Architecture at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa seeks to hire a full-time tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor with specialization in Asia-Pacific architectural history/theory and urban design. The school seeks candidates who can demonstrate current, advanced scholarship in the said fields of Asia-Pacific architectural history, who exhibit broad understanding of the design disciplines, as well as who demonstrate strong teaching abilities and experience in studio instruction. We encourage applicants with an interest in transdisciplinary research and collaboration among allied disciplines in the built environment. The anticipated start date for this appointment is Fall 2018.

The School of Architecture offers Hawaiʻi’s only accredited architectural degree program, and provides the successful candidate with a unique institutional context recognized for its Asia-Pacific, Hawaiʻi, and ecological research, emphasizing the distinct requirements and challenges of tropical environments. The school and university embrace a collaborative, integrated approach to improving built environments through a strong commitment to design excellence, sustainability, and applied research. The school places emphasis on both theory and practice among its strategic priorities, which address regional issues and Hawaiʻi's rich cultural heritage as instructive models for complex global problems.

The School of Architecture offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD) program and a professional Doctor of Architecture (DArch) degree. The university has approved the school’s proposal to plan and implement a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This full-time, 9-month faculty position includes responsibilities for teaching, research, creative work, and service. Currently in the second year of its continually evolving 4+3 curricular structure, the school seeks candidates who can help advance and strengthen both the BEnvD ( and DArch ( core curricula. Within the required specialization in history, theory, and urban design, desired expertise includes but is not limited to the investigation of global architectural history and theory from antiquity to present; Asia-Pacific architectural and urban history and theory; history of indigenous and/or Hawaiʻian architecture; architecture/ urban design studio instruction; historic preservation and conservation; vernacular architecture and cultural geography; emerging trends in contemporary theory and practice; design research and methods in the complex ecological and social context of the anthropocene era. The school seeks candidates who will complement the skills of the faculty at the School of Architecture.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates at the Assistant Professor rank must have a Ph.D. degree in architectural history/theory or its equivalent from an established doctoral program at a college or university of recognized standing, or a professional degree in architecture. A minimum of three years professional experience in urban design is also required. Applicants must demonstrate excellent communication and collaboration skills; the ability to maintain a vigorous program of research and publication; and a strong record of scholarship and demonstrated teaching effectiveness.

In addition to the requirements of the Assistant Professor, candidates who seek the rank of Associate Professor must have high proficiency in teaching; a license to practice in architecture or Ph.D. degree requirements of the Assistant Professor; a minimum of four years of full- time college or university teaching at the rank of Assistant Professor or equivalent, with evidence of increasing professional maturity; an established, vigorous program of research and/or creative work, with publications and projects judged by competitive assessment as significant and ranking favorably among disciplinary peers active in the same field at major research universities; continued evidence of participation in the scholarly and academic affairs of a university or other appropriate organization, or in an appropriate professional society or organization, or in other appropriate job-related service activities; demonstrated ability to plan and organize assigned activities, including the supervision of work of assistants when appropriate; as well as the ability to serve as a role model for students and junior colleagues.

Desirable Qualifications:

The school especially welcomes candidates who have both a Ph.D. degree in architectural history/theory and a license to practice in architecture with a minimum of three years professional experience in urban design.

 Applicants must submit a cover letter summarizing their interest and qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, samples of research or design projects (maximum 20 single-sided pages), and the names and contact information of three (3) references.

Electronic application submittal is strongly encouraged. Please send materials to:

Faculty Search Committee

School of Architecture

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

2410 Campus Road

Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822, USA


Questions regarding the search should be directed to Dean Daniel Friedman.

Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by January 8, 2018.

The University of Hawaiˈi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

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