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Assistant/Associate Professor in Architecture

Post Date:

November 14, 2018


Washington University in St. Louis


St. Louis, MO




The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor in the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design with a focus on design. The faculty seeks a dynamic candidate who is committed to innovative thinking and collaboration within the multidisciplinary teaching and research context of Washington University in St. Louis and to advancing the broad conversation around design education to build on the reputation of our programs. The full-time (9-month) appointment will begin in August 2019.

Strong candidates for the position will demonstrate expertise in design and building technologies through a record of professional practice; specific areas of expertise may include building systems, construction processes, and/or environmental and sustainable design. Candidates should also demonstrate potential to pursue ambitious original research in building technology or a related area to contribute to the larger body of knowledge in the field. In addition, candidates should demonstrate capacity for excellence in the instruction of university-level design students.  

The assistant/associate professor will teach the typical load equivalent to four courses per academic year including both studio and seminar courses. Courses will include building technology as well as related areas. The person in this role will meet expectations for research and creative activity; participate in student advising and mentoring; and provide leadership to the School, University, and their field through academic and professional service.

Diversity and inclusion are core values at Washington University, and the strong candidate will demonstrate the ability to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which a diverse array of students can learn and thrive. Washington University is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information. 

Applicants for the position are expected to have a Master’s degree in architecture or an equivalent combination of professional degrees. Salary for the position will be commensurate with experience. Materials requested include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, work samples, and contact addresses for three references. Applications should be submitted electronically through Interfolio.

Preference will be given to applications received before January 31, 2019. 


The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis is a unique collaboration in architecture, art, and design education within the context of an internationally recognized research university. Comprising the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, the College and Graduate School of Art, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum, the Sam Fox School offers a depth of professional education in conjunction with one of the premier university art museums.

The College of Architecture, one of the founding members of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, enrolls approximately 200 students and offers a four-year undergraduate degree leading to a Bachelor of Science in Architecture or a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. This flexibility allows students to pursue other academic interests within the University. The nationally ranked Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design enrolls approximately 320 students and offers design-centered programs of critical inquiry and professional preparation, including international venues in Barcelona and Buenos Aires. The Graduate School offers professional degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, along with a post-professional Master of Urban Design and Doctor of Sustainable Urbanism. Additional post-professional degrees include a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design and Master of Science in Architectural Studies. Along with dual degree options between the Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design programs, there are joint degree options with Construction Management, Social Work, and Business.

The College of Art, one of the founding members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design, Fashion Design, or Art (with optional concentrations in Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art or Design. The Graduate School of Art offers a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art and is launching a new Master of Fine Arts in Illustration & Visual Culture program in fall 2019. Together, the College and Graduate School of Art enroll approximately 300 undergraduate and 50 graduate students.

The Sam Fox School is housed in a five-building complex that includes the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, home to one of the finest university collections of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper by 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century American and European artists. The School is currently building Weil Hall, a state-of-the-art center for the study of architecture, art, and design and an innovative making hub, which will open in fall 2019.

The Sam Fox School hosts a lively series of lectures, symposia, and exhibitions and enjoys strong collaborations with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Washington University is an independent research university dedicated to challenging its faculty and students to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research, and draws students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 80 nations. The University is highly regarded for its commitment to excellence in learning. Its programs, administration, facilities, resources, and activities combine to further its mission of teaching, research, and service to society.

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