The University of Notre Dame invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Architecture. It is an integral part of a university that is a well-resourced and remarkably nimble institution, characterized by a high sense of aspiration, expansive possibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Given the University’s centralized structure and resources, the dean will be afforded extraordinary flexibility to exercise discretion and creativity that might not be possible at other institutions.
As its next dean, the School of Architecture seeks a leader with an outstanding personal record of accomplishment as a luminary in the academy, as a distinguished member of the practice, or as both. S/he will provide visionary, creative and inspiring guidance to its community of faculty, staff, and students on both the main campus and the campus in Rome. Notre Dame’s School of Architecture is specialized and unique – it is the only accredited school with a program grounded in the principles of traditional architecture and urbanism. Its mission is to educate leaders who will design and build for future generations, cities, towns and buildings that are based on a foundation of conservation and investment rather than consumption and waste. Faculty encourage students to learn from historical precedents and apply their lessons in contemporary building.
The School of Architecture is thriving academically and administratively. In 2019, the School of Architecture moved into its new home, Walsh Family Hall. The new 100,000-square-foot building, designed by John Simpson Architects, includes classrooms, studios, an architecture library, a workshop and a public plaza. The site is a principal gateway to the University’s campus. Also in 2019, the School of Architecture celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Rome Studies Program. Among American university architecture schools, it is the only year-long foreign studies program required for all undergraduate students. Graduate students spend a semester in Rome. Placement is a great strength -- Notre Dame Architecture graduates are in great demand and are employed by leading firms around the nation. In 2019, the School’s career fair brought 61 firms to hire 43 graduating students. The School has achieved greater recognition for its undergraduate program. Faculty are deeply committed to further strengthening the graduate program – the sense is that it can grow in both depth and breadth.
Given its distinctive focus, there is an opportunity for the School of Architecture to have an even greater voice nationally and globally. In order to do so, it will be important that the dean be a visible and intellectually compelling force on the national and international stage – s/he should be an advocate for traditional architecture in the ever-shifting narrative within the academy and the practice. Alongside its reputation for the teaching of traditional architecture and urbanism, strong desire exists for the School to be known for its leadership in the critical issues of the day, among them: the environment, cities, the durability of buildings, housing, and reforming architectural education and practice. The scholarly work of Notre Dame’s faculty is voluminous and internationally recognized. The dean must have a deep understanding and appreciation for excellence in the realms of both scholarly work and of practice, and should be passionate about the importance of both scholarship and practice in continuing to enhance intellectual life within the School.
Ranked among the nation’s top 20 institutions of higher learning, the University of Notre Dame provides a distinctive voice in the top echelons of higher education – one that is rigorously intellectual, steadfastly values-driven, and firmly embracing of a service ethos. Notre Dame is a private Catholic research university with an enrollment of 12,467 students, located on 1,261 acres approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. The size of the University’s endowment ranks among the top 15 of all American colleges and universities. The University’s current capital campaign, “Boldly Notre Dame,” is a seven-year, multi-billion-dollar effort that will conclude in 2020.
Applications and nominations will be held in confidence. The review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply or to express interest, please send a cover letter and vita in PDF format via email (only email submissions will be accepted) to:
PRESIDIO EXECUTIVE SEARCH
The University of Notre Dame does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, age or disability and strongly encourages applications from minority and women candidates.