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Assistant/ Associate Professor - Design and Cultural Practice

Post Date:

December 21, 2017


Pratt Institute


Brooklyn, NY



The School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, an internationally recognized professional school offering B. Arch, M. Arch and M.S. degrees, invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in the Department of Undergraduate Architecture. We seek a faculty member who can assume a leadership role in the Department’s design curriculum across the five-year program, incorporating a diverse cultural perspective in the context of architectural critical discourse. The ideal candidate will be a motivated design studio instructor who can teach students over a range of levels, from foundation to advanced design, and can demonstrate an integration of social and cultural criteria within the design studio context as well as the required core curriculum. The appointment is scheduled to begin in August 2018.

Our academic environment is one that continues to evolve quickly in the areas referenced which are making an impact on education. We are interested in developing students who can critically engage the challenges that these topics present to us and the future of our architectural environment.

Located on a 25-acre campus in the culturally diverse Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, Pratt Institute recognizes the strength that stems from a diversity of perspectives, ideas, backgrounds, approaches and experiences. We aspire to continue to grow as a place that always welcomes and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to contribute to and be part of the Pratt culture.


The Undergraduate Architecture Program is a Professional Degree Program which prioritizes inventive design and critical thinking together with professional knowledge and skills. With 150 full and part-time faculty members, the Program serves a diverse student body of approximately 650 students and awards an accredited five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree. The Department is committed to building diversity in our curriculum and among our faculty and staff and seeks applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals. 

Our curriculum structure over five years is as follows:

  • Our foundation year is an introduction to architecture and critical thinking.
  • The second year integrates the critical parameters of site and program, while offering insights into precedent and material practice.
  • The third year is the challenge of the Integrated Design Studio; the project directly applies core lessons from building systems & environmental technology, professional practice and construction documentation.
  • The faculty driven advanced studios in fourth year allow students to explore the core studios through a specialized lens: independent studio options in urban design, speculative propositions, design/build or an advanced examination of integrated design.
  • The fifth-year student driven Degree Project extends for the full year. The Fall semester is dedicated to research and the spring is about applying that research to the development of a terminal project.


The candidate should have a range of experience in design studio pedagogy with demonstrated ability to engage students in generating experimental and forward-thinking design solutions with attention towards programmatic development, community engagement, and our complex multicultural environment. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Teach studios and required seminars in the curriculum.
  • Develop and coordinate courses which address the inclusion of socio-cultural topics in relationship to programmatic development and emerging design.
  • Lead and communicate academic goals to faculty and students.
  • Serve on departmental, school, and institute wide committees.
  • Participate in program accreditation.
  • Advise and mentor students.
  • Provide outreach efforts and participate in initiatives, including working closely with the Undergraduate Chair to promote interdisciplinary applications of core lessons into the design studio.
  • Participate in scholarship/research/publications/conferences, etc. in the field.
  • Perform all other related activities as required.


We require at minimum a Master’s degree and a professional degree in architecture. Professional licensure is preferred.

Applicants should demonstrate expertise in socio-cultural application to design practice and research as well as in one or more of the following: landscape design; urban design; social justice; material practice; ecology and sustainable technologies.

At least three years’ teaching experience at the college level and at least three years’ professional experience are also required. Favorable consideration will be given to candidates with a strong commitment to innovative design, socio-cultural design research and community engagement as well as recognized scholarship in the design research field as evidenced by a distinguished record of publication, exhibition, teaching and creative achievement in architectural practice, experimentation and research. Applicants must also have a demonstrated level of inter-cultural competence and an ability to work well with diverse populations.

SALARY and RANK are commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Review of applications will begin February 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Materials should be submitted in two parts, documents and portfolio, as follows:

Please submit the following documents via our applicant site at:

  • A letter of interest specifically addressing the position requirements listed above. Please include a statement describing how you have worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your current institution and how you plan on continuing to do so here at Pratt. 
  • Examples of course syllabi written by the applicant.
  • Description and or examples of research interests, publications and peer review scholarship.
  • A complete curriculum vitae listing the names and contact information for three professional references.
  • A statement of the applicant’s contribution to socio-cultural factors and community engagement in design addressing past and/or developing research, teaching and/or service.

Please also submit a digital portfolio including up to 40 examples of student design studio and seminar work via Slideroom at”


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