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Open Rank Professor of Urban and Architectural Design

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Architecture
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Open Rank Professor of Urban and Architectural Design

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The School of Architecture is located in the heart of Boston, a thriving urban center of culture and innovation with extensive global connections and intellectual networks. The School currently offers three undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Architecture; a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies; and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. The School also offers two graduate degrees: a professionally accredited Master of Architecture; and a Master of Design for Sustainable Urban Environments. The School contributes curriculum to combined degrees at the undergraduate level such as Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Engineering, and Architecture and Civil Engineering, and graduate programs in Sustainable Building Systems and Urban Planning and Policy.

The College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) is a collaborative community within the university that acts as a catalyst for research, inspiration, and discovery. It brings together a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art+Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre. CAMD is also home to the Center for the Arts as well as the newly launched Center for Design and the Center for Communication, Media Innovation, and Social Change. See:

Northeastern University is a private R1 university. The University is renowned for its interdisciplinary research, entrepreneurial spirit, experiential learning, and global connections. Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University, and an ADVANCE institution. Candidates should have experience in, or a commitment to, working with diverse student populations in a culturally diverse work and educational environment. Women, candidates of color, differently abled, and gender non-conforming candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Northeastern University offers benefits coverage to the domestic partners of benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Northeastern University is an E-Verify employer.

The School of Architecture at Northeastern University announces an open-rank search for two professors in the area of Urban and Architectural Design. We seek candidates whose creative work, research, and teaching examine the design of the built environment, including the intersection of architecture, urban infrastructure, landscape design, and/or public space with issues of environmental and social sustainability and spatial justice. Courses taught will correspond with successful candidates' expertise, but desirable curricular dimensions include experience developing, coordinating, and leading design studios as well as design-based workshops, seminars, and/or lecture courses. The role of this new position in the School aims to bridge architectural design and urban design through advanced knowledge and experience in such areas as inclusive community engagement and participatory practice, infrastructural systems design, building and/or landscape design, fundamental architectural and urban design representation and skills building (drawing, modelling, mapping and urban analysis), and/or tools innovation for professional practice.

The appointment for this hire lies in the School of Architecture, but we welcome the possibility of affiliation and collaboration with other units at the College of Arts, Media, and Design (CAMD) or other colleges in allied disciplines such as urban planning, public policy, sciences, engineering, and beyond, depending on the candidate's interest and expertise. There is also potential to work with colleagues in other disciplines through Northeastern's growing network of research centers and labs, including but not limited to the Global Resilience Institute, the Coastal Sustainability Institute, the Burnes Center for Social Change and Innovation, the Institute on Race and Justice, the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, and the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research. Candidates should be committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments as well as promoting experiential learning, both central to a Northeastern University education.

Successful candidates will have at minimum a master's degrees in Architecture or allied fields (e.g. M. Arch., MLA, MFA, or Master of Urban Planning) by the appointment start date.

Candidates should be design researchers as well as active practitioners or academics.

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Additional Information:
To apply, please visit Applicants should submit: (a) a cover letter outlining qualifications and vision for the position; (b) a curriculum vitae; (c) the names and email addresses of three references. References will not be contacted without prior permission from the candidate. Examples of research, creative or published work and full letters of reference may be requested at later stages of the search. Applications received by December 15 will be guaranteed full review. Inquiries may be directed to Professor Ivan Rupnik, PhD, chair of the search committee, at

All applicants have the right to accessibility support and accommodations. To request accessibility support or accommodations, contact Julie Newmeyer, Personnel Administration Manager for the College of Arts, Media and Design.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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