UCLA A.UD ANNOUNCES 5 NEW POSITIONS AT IDEAS SATELLITE CAMPUS FOR EXPANDED SUPRASTUDIO / M.ARCH.II PROGRAM
Five years ago, the M.Arch. II, Post-Professional Degree Program at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) was restructured into a research and development based SUPRASTUDIO format, reflecting a new model for Post-Professional architectural education. SUPRASTUDIO is a calendar yearlong integrated curriculum led by a senior member of the A.UD design faculty in collaboration with an industry partner. Thom Mayne, Neil Denari, and Greg Lynn have collaborated over the years with Disney Imagineering, Toyota Motor Sales, Inc., and the National Endowment for the Arts. In August 2012, University of California President Mark Yudof and the University of California Board of Regents announced the conversion of the M.Arch. II program to a self-supporting status. This conversion allows for the ambitious expansion of the program to conduct three separate SUPRASTUDIOs per year at a new offsite facility with an unprecedented Advanced Technologies Laboratory to explore how the next generation will integrate technology into the built environment.
SUPRASTUDIO is located at IDEAS, an off-site location south of UCLA that is a new platform in architectural education to advance cross-discipline research and development with industry and outside partners to expand the future parameters of architectural practice. It will also serve as home to multi-year research initiatives, an ongoing cross-discipline lecture series, and other public programs.
UCLA A.UD seeks to appoint five new faculty and staff for IDEAS and the expanded SUPRASTUDIO program. These positions should be filled before the start of the June 2013 SUPRASTUDIO, and include:
• SUPRASTUDIO Program Director
• IDEAS Technology Director
• Critical Studies Lecturer
• Powerpack Studio Lecturer
• IDEAS Lab Supervisor (Staff Position)
SUPRASTUDIO Program Director
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design seeks to make an appointment of a Program Director for the expanded SUPRASTUDIO program and to oversee the activities at IDEAS.
SUPRASTUDIO will have three studios led by three senior design faculty in partnership with three industry collaborators. The Program Director will report to the Chair of the Department and will be responsible for coordination with the three studios, oversight and coordination of non-studio courses in the curriculum, maintaining ongoing and developing new relationships with industry partners, and teaching.
The Program Director, with the studio assistants, will be responsible for teaching the summer session Pre-Studio for all incoming M.Arch. II students. The Program Director will also coordinate and teach two quarters of a lecture series with invited industry guests in a seminar setting for students and faculty. Additionally, special projects within IDEAS and research and development projects that exceed the rhythm of the SUPRASTUDIO courses to become long-term research initiatives will fall under the purview of the Program Director.
This position is an ideal opportunity for a mid-career professional that’s interested both in teaching and the administrative roles related to program building at the ground level of a dynamic new initiative that will redefine Post-Professional research and teaching of architecture. The candidate must be able to work with senior faculty and world-class industry partners. This position will allow the candidate to integrate into an already established faculty, but with the autonomy of a new program. The ideal candidate will demonstrate vision and a commitment to expanding the role of architectural design and innovation into culture and industry.
The Program Director position provides full benefits. The successful candidate will need to be prepared to make a three-year commitment to the program.
IDEAS Technology Director
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design seeks to hire a Technology Director for IDEAS, a newly established off-campus facility that houses the department’s expanded M.Arch.II/SUPRASTUDIO program. The individual will be responsible for teaching, acquisitions, and research associated with technology initiatives central to the mission of UCLA A.UD, IDEAS and the three SUPRASTUDIOs.
The Technology Director will be responsible for the IDEAS facility as well as the research and development initiatives that take place within it. The Technology Director will be an active partner and liaison between the faculty, students, and industry partners. Teaching responsibilities will include two Technology Lecture courses during Summer session and two Technology Seminar courses taught to a combination of M. Arch. II and M. Arch I Graduate Students throughout the rest of the year. The Technology Director will report to the Chair of the Department.
This position has teaching and program oversight roles and is an ideal opportunity for a mid-career person with vision and expertise on the integration of technology into new environmental approaches and paradigms for research and education with senior faculty and industry partners at the highest level. Candidates must be able to initiate innovative research in either architecture or environments in the public sphere that engage robotics and sensing technology. Some experience with digital fabrication is expected but fabrication should not be the primary focus or expertise for applicants for this position.
An advanced architecture degree is mandatory for this position.
The IDEAS Technology Director position provides full benefits. The successful candidate will need to be prepared to make a three-year commitment to the program.
Critical Studies Lecturer
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design seeks to make an appointment in Critical Studies of a Lecturer eager to contribute to the intellectual and creative culture of the school by teaching a variety of courses in both graduate and undergraduate degree programs. The position offers the opportunity to participate in the launch of several new initiatives, including SUPRASTUDIO at IDEAS, an off-site post professional degree program focusing on architecture and industrial culture. The candidate should be able to teach courses on post-war theories of architecture, advanced formal analysis, architecture and visual culture, and the history of modern architecture. The appointment will also include collaborative academic responsibilities in the Curatorial Project, a recently established center that will be developing exhibitions and publications with an international scope and ambition.
The ideal candidate will have or be working towards a PhD, be able to demonstrate a commitment to advanced architectural ideas and innovative approaches to their dissemination, a strong record of teaching and the promise of producing a scholarly body of work appropriate for a continuing appointment at a top ranking university. The successful candidate will need to be prepared to make a three-year commitment to the program.
Powerpack Studio Lecturer
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design– in conjunction with Gehry Partners and Gehry Technologies – is seeking an exceptional candidate to lead a research studio during the 2013 academic year.
The POWERPACK studio will be lead by Frank Gehry and members of his architectural practice and technology company, in collaboration with UCLA faculty and industry partners. The studio’s mission will be to explore the potential for new, small scale, networked, and intelligent building technologies to radically rethink the modern building and city, at a multiplicity of scales from the micro device to the urban.
UCLA is seeking to fill a one-year lecturer appointment to coordinate this curriculum under the supervision of Gehry Partners and Gehry Technologies to conduct the overall studio and workshop instruction. The ideal candidate will have a wide range of experience in urban and building level design, strong experience as a studio instructor, and significant expertise in technology.
Minimum requirements include:
An advanced degree (MArch or equivalent) in architectural or urban design.
Substantial prior experience as a lead studio instructor or TA.
Strong background in parametric modeling, scripting, BIM or related digital modeling software
Additional experience desired includes the following:
Urban design and related topics such as transportation
Environmental design or building energy systems engineering
Robotics, or micro control systems design and prototyping
The position is a one-year Lecturer position for the period July 2013-June 2014.
IDEAS Lab Supervisor
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design seeks to hire a Lab Supervisor for IDEAS, a newly established off-campus facility that houses the department’s expanded SUPRASTUDIO program.
The individual will be responsible for the physical IDEAS facilities including classrooms, laboratories, studios, offices, exhibition spaces, and shop as well as training and assistance with the students and faculty. The Lab Supervisor must coordinate the technical and research relationships with industry partners as well as the robotic suppliers to the laboratory. The Lab Supervisor will also be responsible for daily operations of the lab and shop and its power equipment, tools, supplies, and student assistants.
There will be several unprecedented robotically controlled machines as well as a sensing laboratory that have never been in any architecture school before. The Lab Supervisor needs to initiate and maintain relationships with the manufacturers, users, and development teams for these machines as well as training the faculty and students in their use.
The Lab Supervisor will work with and report to the IDEAS Technology Director for the acquisition and use of the machines in the labs. As well, they will develop the policies and training for the students and faculty.
Familiarity and experience with industrial robotics, sensing technology and composite construction is a benefit. The operations, maintenance, and safety of the lab are the responsibility of the Lab Supervisor. Several years experience with similar industrial facilities or academic laboratories and shops with similar equipment is a requirement.
An associate degree or greater is mandatory for this position.
This is a staff position with full benefits. The successful candidate will need to be prepared to make a three-year commitment to the program.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates to the four academic positions below are requested to furnish a letter of intent with a curriculum vitae, one or two examples of work, with a description of each project (non-returnable), and the names, phone numbers, mail and e-mail addresses of three references able to provide a knowledgeable evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications.
Examples of work should be submitted both digitally at the following links, and as hard copy portfolios to the address below:
UCLA Architecture & Urban Design
Attn: “POSITION NAME” Search Committee
1317 Perloff Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Candidates for the IDEAS Lab Supervisor may apply starting late December at: https://hr.mycareer.ucla.edu/
Application deadline for all positions is February 28, 2013. Review of applications will take place in early March with interviews scheduled later during that same month.
Proof of U.S. Citizenship or eligibility for U.S. Employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986). The University of California, Los Angeles, is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.