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

Post Date:

November 14, 2018


University of Hawaii At Manoa


Honolulu, HI


The School of Architecture at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa) seeks a dynamic and accomplished faculty member in architecture, with an expertise in Asia-Pacific architectural history and theory. The school seeks candidates with knowledge of the cultural, social, and technological history of the built environment in the Asia-Pacific region, with a preferred specialization in pre-Modern Movement eras, such as Ancient, Medieval, and other pre-industrial and pre-colonial periods. The candidate should demonstrate current scholarship that exhibits an in-depth understanding of the Asia-Pacific region from historical, theoretical, and methodological perspectives. The candidate must also demonstrate strong teaching abilities and achievement in both architectural/design history survey and seminar courses. Studio teaching experience, which connects architectural history and theory with contemporary design practice is strongly desired, or experience with historic preservation in the Asia-Pacific context. This appointment will begin in Fall 2019 and will be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The School of Architecture offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD) degree, a professional landscape architecture degree (MLA), an NAAB-accredited professional Doctor of Architecture (DArch) degree, and a certificate program in Historic Preservation administered through the Department of American Studies. The School emphasizes history, theory, preservation, and practice among its strategic priorities, which address regional and tropical issues as instructive models for complex global problems. UH-Manoaís resources and holdings on Asia-Pacific topics (including the East-West Center, the Center for Korean Studies, the Center for Pacific Island Studies, the Center for Chinese Studies, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, among other institutes) provide faculty with unparalleled access to research materials in these areas. The successful candidate will find a unique institutional context recognized for its Asia-Pacific, Hawaii, and ecological design research, emphasizing the distinctive social and environmental requirements and technical challenges of tropical environments in the post-colonial era.

The School of Architecture is situated at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the flagship campus of the 10-campus University system which is designated a Carnegie R1 (ìDoctoral Universities - Highest Research Activityî) university. The school and university embrace a collaborative, integrated approach to improving built environments through a strong commitment to design excellence, sustainability, and applied research. We encourage applicants with an interest in transdisciplinary research and collaboration among allied disciplines in design, material culture, and the built environment. Ample opportunities exist for robust interdisciplinary research collaboration with faculty from Pacific and Asian Studies, Art History, the Center for Hawaiian Knowledge, Urban Planning, and other disciplines. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

This full-time, 9-month faculty position includes responsibilities for teaching, scholarship, service, and opportunities for creative work and exhibition design. Teaching responsibilities will include survey courses and seminars in global architectural history and theory, research methods, and design studios (if applicable). The School of Architecture seeks candidates who can help advance and strengthen the curriculum and focus of the BEnvD, MLA, and DArch programs, and the Historic Preservation certificate program. Within the required specialization in Asia-Pacific history and theory, desired expertise includes (but is not limited to) the investigation of global architectural history and theory from antiquity to present; pre- and post-colonial studies in architecture; principles of historical urban and landscape design; history of indigenous and/or Hawaiian architecture; historic preservation and conservation; vernacular architecture and cultural geography; emerging trends in contemporary theory and practice; and design research methods. 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 Architecture or Architectural History and Theory (or its equivalent) from an established and recognized doctoral program. ABD candidates will be considered with a letter from their doctoral committee certifying that they will complete and defend their dissertation by June 2019. Applicants must demonstrate excellent communication and collaboration skills, the ability to maintain a vigorous program of research and publication, and demonstrated teaching effectiveness.
Desirable Qualifications:

The school particularly welcomes candidates who also possess a professional degree in architecture (M.Arch or B.Arch), or in another design discipline, with experience or interest to teach design or preservation-specific studios. Preference will be given to applicants with an emerging or established body of peer-reviewed scholarship on topics in Asia-Pacific architectural history, theory, and historic preservation. 

To Apply:

Candidates 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 creative projects (maximum 60 single-sided pages), and the names and contact information of three (3) references.  Review of applications to begin on December 3, 2018 and continue until position if filled.  Electronic application submittal is required. Please send all requested materials as a single PDF file to:

Questions regarding the search should be directed to search committee chair Laura McGuire at

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