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Research Scholar, Risk and Resilience Design and Planning

Post Date:

December 20, 2017


Columbia University


New York, NY


The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University, seeks candidates for a full-time Research Scholar. The one-year appointment, renewable based on available funding and performance, reports to the Director of the Urban Design Program and involves research in design and planning for risk and resilience for the 100 Resilient Cities project.

The Research Scholar will perform research with urban data and governance, housing, regulatory and programmatic design, and strategy development for building resilient cities; convene stakeholder discussions and translate these workshops into actionable and implementable plans; devise and participate in global workshops; and oversee the creation of relevant urban analysis and design work.

The Research Scholar will also lead the visioning of a suite of global resilience academies, oversee a team of Associate Research Scholars focused on specific urban challenges, assist with establishing a certificate and fellowship program, and administer grant-related activities.

The Research Scholar will also teach up to two courses at GSAPP on risk and resilience in urban design and planning.

Master’s degree or the equivalent training in planning, urban design, or a related field. At least 10 years of related experience.

Excellent personal, management, policy, visual design, and urban analysis skills; conceptual familiarity with resilience; strong oral and written communication skills; attention to detail; persistent pursuit of accuracy and consistency; and supervisory experience.

Ability to do collaborative and cross-disciplinary research and to convey specialized knowledge to students and faculty working in the lab or on the project.  Candidates should demonstrate an ability to show how their own fields of specialty, if outside of urban design, intersect with or bring new tools and research methods to resilience planning, design, and education more broadly.

For further information about this position and to submit your application, visit: You will be asked to submit your letter of interest, CV, list of references and a web link that demonstrates your work or four 8.5 x 11 pages as a pdf of work samples. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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