Job Details


Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor

Post Date:

September 10, 2019


University of Maryland


College Park, MD


Tenure-Track Position(s): Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor


The School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland is pleased to announce a search for one faculty position at the level of Associate Professor or Professor and at least one tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor. The individuals selected for these positions will provide innovative instruction and impactful scholarship, creative, and/or professional work in support of the pre-professional and accredited professional degree programs in architecture. We seek individuals with focused intellectual approaches to architecture and urbanism grounded in buildings, cities, landscapes, and building practices, that integrate knowledge from diverse fields and disciplines to solve the pressing problems of today and tomorrow.

The successful candidate will teach architectural design studios at a variety of levels in the curriculum. The candidate should be prepared to demonstrate promise and/or accomplishments in architectural, urban, and/or interior design. Evidence of achievement shall be a portfolio of built work, un-built projects and/or speculative designs. We embrace the concept that innovative thinkers and designers seek to understand practical and theoretical subject matter in ways that go beyond the traditional disciplinary frameworks. In addition to design studio, we seek colleagues who have demonstrated scholarly, creative, and/or professional promise and/or accomplishments in one or more of the following areas:

Building Systems Integration:The ability to integrate building technologies into design studios and professional degree coursework with particular emphasis on building structures, methods and materials of construction, and sustainable systems.

Design and Climate Change:The ability to engage salient issues of architecture and urbanism such as urban design, patterns of settlement, resilience, and sustainability as they are impacted by climate disruption.

Social Justice:The ability to engage issues of equity, affordable accommodations, community based design processes, and diversity through architectural and urban strategies.

Design & Media: The ability to offer critical and innovative insights into design processes, design thinking, and evolving design media.

Candidates shall minimally possess a terminal degree in architecture. Candidates with professional registration in a U.S. jurisdiction will be given preference. Emerging architects are welcome to apply, but they should be prepared to articulate a definitive path toward licensure. In lieu of professional registration, designers who possess a PhD in Architecture or a closely related field will also be given preference. ABD candidates are welcome to apply, but the PhD shall be completed prior to the start of the initial contract. Demonstration of potential for development of a national reputation in research, scholarship, creative, and/or professional activities in one or more of the areas listed above is highly valued. The candidate shall be prepared to offer specific insight into how her or his research, as well as scholarly, creative, and/or professional activities contribute to the Architecture Program’s vision and mission.

Located just seven miles from the heart of the nation’s capital, the University of Maryland is the flagship campus of the state’s higher education system and a top-ranked public research institution. The University is a diverse community of 38,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 352,000 alumni. The School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Maryland’s Built Environment School offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Architecture, as well as graduate programs in Community Planning, Historic Preservation, and Real Estate Development, more than a dozen dual-degree masters programs, an interdisciplinary PhD program in Urban and Regional Planning and Design, and is home to the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education and the Environmental Finance Center. 

The Architecture Program has a national reputation for design excellence in building craft, urban design, and sustainability as evidenced by the award-winning Integrated Design studio and Advanced Technology course sequence; numerous honors in the arena of urban design including two ULI-Hines

Competition wins and six times in the final four in ten years; WaterShed, the first-place winner at the 2011 United States Department of Energy Solar Decathlon along with LeafHouse (second place in 2007) and reACT (second place in 2017) making us the international leader in this competition; in six years we’ve placed first twice and were runner up twice in the HUD Affordable Housing competition; and many other citations. Since the foundation of the School over fifty years ago, design excellence grounded in technical competence has occupied a central place within the curriculum and intellectual life of the Program. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will provide leadership and direction in one or more of the areas listed above we proceed beyond our jubilee year.

Candidates for this position should be aware of the advantages of the University’s proximity to the wealth of resources in the Washington-Baltimore region. The National Archives maintains its research center on the College Park campus. The National Gallery of Art, the National Building Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution are but a few of the world-class museums that maintain facilities accessible to scholars. The University of Maryland has recently entered into a partnership with the world-renowned Phillips Collection—known as America’s first museum of modern art. Likewise, Baltimore offers additional institutions of interest to scholars in the area of art and architectural history including the Walters Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Fine Art. With proximity to the AIA national headquarters and other unique resources in the federal city, College Park is a scholar’s dream.

Finally, the architectural and urban traditions of the region stretch from colonial Annapolis, to master-planned Washington, D.C., to post-industrial Baltimore and include important works by masters such as L’Enfant, Latrobe, Mills, Bacon, Pope, Burnham, Farrand, Cret, and most recently, Sir David Adjaye.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity, or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

The School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation is a diverse academic unit comprised of students, staff, and faculty members who come from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. We are proud that we are a nurturing environment where individuals can safely share their insights into the many dimensions of the built environment without fear of reprisal or marginalization. The Washington, DC region and the State of Maryland have progressive track records in support of diversity and inclusion.

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