California Polytechnic State University

Architecture Part-Time Lecturer



The Architecture Department seeks innovative and energetic applicants for part-time lecturer positions in a range of areas listed below. Multiple positions are available for the 2022-2023 academic year for fall quarter beginning September 12, 2022, winter quarter beginning January 9, 2023, and spring quarter beginning April 3, 2023.  The majority of available positions are on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus, but applications are also being accepted for off-campus programs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications, experience, and course load.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly\’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Professional degree in architecture (accredited B. Arch., M. Arch. or D. Arch.); eligibility for licensure; professional experience. College-level teaching experience required or ability to fulfill a specific instructional need in the department.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.


Preferred Qualifications:
Masters or post-professional degree; relevant college level teaching experience; body of relevant professional and/or scholarly work, professional licensure.

Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.  Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.

Preferred Qualifications per Course:

Design and Visual Communication Studios (ARCH 131, 132, 133) – Evidence of ability in fundamentals of design and various methods of analog and digital representation. Evidence of ability in making with wood, metals and other materials. Candidates must be able to teach Rhino and select applications from the Adobe Creative Suite.

Architectural Design Studios (ARCH 251, 252, 253) – Evidence of ability to integrate spatial quality and experience with materiality, context, program, structure, and aspirational values for the desired performance of architecture. Evidence of ability in analog and digital representation. Candidates must be able to teach Rhino and select applications from the Adobe Creative Suite.

Architectural Technology Fundamentals (Arch 207, 241, 242) – Evidence of fundamental and emerging knowledge in the technical aspects of building design and construction. Experience with technical site analysis and design, material systems and methods of construction, and passive and climate-adapted strategies for promoting human wellness and environmental stewardship. Candidates must be able to teach Rhino.

Architectural Design Studios (Arch 351, 352, 353) – Evidence of ability to teach integrated building design with large mixed-use programs. Integrated design includes the thoughtful composition of structure, site, skin, circulation, space and the project’s story. Candidates must be able to support student development of digital skills.

Architectural Systems Integration (Arch 307, 341, 342) – Evidence of current and emerging practices related to the integration of architectural systems such as building form, structure, environmental control systems, and energy. Experience in construction methods, building envelope design, life safety and supplemental comfort systems (heating, cooling, lighting and acoustics).

Architectural Design Studios (Arch 451, 452, 453) – Evidence of ability to teach complex architectural design problems involving the comprehensive integration of architectural theory, design processes, and building systems. Please indicate in your letter of intent your interest in teaching in San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

Professional Practice (Arch 443) – Evidence of knowledge of current and emerging forms of practice and experience with all phases of project and practice management, ethics and professional judgement, community, and social responsibility as well as the process and requirements for internship and licensure. Please indicate in your letter of intent your interest in teaching in San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

Housing Design Concepts (Arch 472) – Evidence of current professional expertise and knowledge about urban multi-family, multi-story and mixed-use housing and the residential real estate development process and regulatory framework; evidence of ability to provide basic introduction about financial and affordable housing policy factors; this position is part of the San Francisco Urban Program and will be located in San Francisco. Please indicate in your letter of intent your interest in SF Urban Arch 472.

Architectural History (ARCH 217, 218, 219) – Evidence of knowledge and ability to teach in the history architecture survey; a doctorate in history and theory of architecture and a demonstrated high level of university teaching experience is preferred. This is a large lecture course.

Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism (ARCH 420) – Evidence of engagement with contemporary issues in architectural/urban history, design, theory, and/or criticism. Please indicate in your letter of intent if your interest is in teaching in San Luis Obispo or Los Angeles.

5th Year Thesis (ARCH 481, 492) – Evidence of knowledge in architectural theory, criticism, and design. Evidence of the ability to apply this knowledge to guide student research, rhetorical argumentation, and advanced architectural production in pursuit of a unique undergraduate architectural thesis.


The person holding this position is considered a \’mandated reporter\’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo will not sponsor an H-1B for this position.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and questions may be sent to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.


The Architecture Department is one of 5 departments in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design and offers a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Science in Architecture. The department currently has approximately 40 faculty and 800 students.


For full consideration, please attach the following required documents to the requisition; 1) cover letter that includes teaching and professional interests and experiences, 2) resume / curriculum vitae, 3) if applicable, a list of all courses taught at Cal Poly or any university campus including course number, course title, term/year taught, CSU campus, and CSU department. Please also include a list of courses you are requesting consideration to teach, 4) statement on diversity, equity and inclusion, and 5) a teaching portfolio with samples of syllabi and student work and professional or other experience related to the position(s) of interest.

Please be prepared to provide 3 professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online application. Reference letters and official transcripts confirming degrees are required prior to appointment. For questions, please contact the Architecture Department by phone at (805) 756-1316 or by email at

The application review begin date is May 31, 2022.