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Full-Time Position in Interior Architecture

Post Date:

December 5, 2018


School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Chicago, IL



The Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position in Interior Architecture, beginning in August of 2019. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality and output of design practice, scholarship, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.

The department is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in emerging technologies related to the interior environment. Candidates with an interest in cultivating new partnerships in industry as well as candidates with an interest in the resources available within the art and design school context of SAIC are encouraged to apply.

The Interior Architecture curriculum focuses on the interior as an emerging area of architectural practice and an expansive territory for making, research, and speculative work. The department takes advantage of its unique placement at the center of American architectural practice in the Chicago Loop and the 150-year experimental legacy of fine arts education at the School of the Art Institute.

The School offers a professional, NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture (MArch) with two tracks, including an Emphasis in Interior Architecture, and a Certificate in Historic Preservation. The AIADO department also offers courses within the interdisciplinary BFA and MFA programs. Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is taught within an interdisciplinary curriculum and through substantive engagement with external partners in the professional and cultural community. Recent and ongoing projects include partnerships with the Chicago Architecture Biennale, Argonne National Laboratory, bLUMEN (a design-build project for a pavilion on Chicago’s West Side), and the curating and commissioning of the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Unique resources at the School include access to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives of the Art Institute of Chicago (one of the largest architecture collections in the country), and myriad fabrication facilities.

The faculty member will teach in areas that contribute to the general goals of the department as well as in their area of specialization, conduct research and/or practice in the area of design, play an integral part in forging the future of the department. Full-time faculty participate in student advising, admissions events, committee work, and special projects, and contribute to the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development, and participate in departmental administration and school governance.

A terminal degree in design or a related field is preferred; a master’s degree in architecture is expected. Experience in teaching and a track record of excellence in practice related to architectural research is expected. A demonstrated national or international profile is preferred. The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of the School by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand the intellectual conversations and practices in the field of Interior Architecture. We seek candidates with the knowledge and aptitude to teach and mentor students from diverse backgrounds. Candidates should demonstrate their experience with, or aptitude for, departmental administration. 

By or before Wednesday, January 9, 2019, please submit application materials at You will be asked to create an account, and then complete the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged to apply for the position. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. No late applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.

Complete the fields for: educational background; current position; and contact information for three professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: cover letter stating interests and qualifications; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy including details on how your teaching has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, gender, and/or socio-economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field; and portfolio of creative work and/or scholarly writing.

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A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, the School is one of the largest and oldest private schools of art and design in the country with programs reflecting current practices in art. SAIC's educational philosophy is built upon a transdisciplinary approach to art and design that provides unparalleled opportunities for students to develop their creative and critical abilities with renowned faculty who are leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its Modern Wing, and numerous special collections and programming venues that provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. The campus is located on Chicago’s magnificent lakefront amid the city’s cultural and architectural treasures.

The School currently enrolls 3,650 students in 15 studio departments and 8 academic departments. There are 173 fulltime tenured or tenure-track faculty and visiting artists, and 630 adjunct and part-time faculty supported by 433 staff.

Degree tracks include the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio; BFA with Emphasis in Art Education or Writing; BA degrees in Art History and Visual and Critical Studies; Master of Architecture; Master of Design (MDes) in Designed Objects; MDes in Fashion, Body, and Garment; MFA in Studio or Writing; MA degrees in Arts Administration; Art Education; Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Art Therapy; New Arts Journalism; Teaching; Visual and Critical Studies; and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation.

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