University At Buffalo, SUNY

Faculty Search: Assistant/Associate Professor

 

The Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo – The State University of New York (SUNY) is seeking applications for full-time, tenure-track assistant or associate professors. The search is open to scholarly and teaching expertise within the building sciences, social sciences and humanities, design, pedagogy, and other specialized areas in the discipline and practice of architecture.

The department is particularly interested in candidates with a trajectory of work that addresses the long-term consequences of systemic inequality in the built environment – such as racial, gender, economic, and other disparities resulting from colonial history, public policies, use of land and other resources, and building practices. Candidates’ work may be scholarly and/or pedagogical in focus.

Academic research may include, for example:

  • decolonizing architectural theory
  • expanding models of affordable housing
  • uncovering algorithmic bias in urban systems
  • advancing environmental justice in vulnerable neighborhoods
  • addressing health or economic disparities in construction
  • queering architectural canons or institutions

Likewise, candidates may demonstrate a focus on transformative pedagogical approaches, such as:

  • facilitating the transition of first-generation students in beginning design
  • integrating critical theory into architectural history
  • developing anti-racist teaching methods for technical courses
  • illuminating the value systems that underpin various architectural media and tools

The Department of Architecture seeks to address the underrepresentation of Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities among its faculty and welcomes candidates to demonstrate how their lived experiences inform a commitment to intersectional communities, teaching, and inclusive design practices.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates must hold a professional degree in architecture (e.g., B.Arch or M.Arch) or an allied field. Advanced, specialized training, such as an M.S. or Ph.D., or professional licensure is preferred. Applicants currently working in professional or academic contexts are encouraged to apply. The department values applicants who bring rigorous skills in post-professional research methodologies, as well as the ability to pursue external funding, build industry or community-based partnerships, and work on and lead interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary projects.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Architecture was born of the social upheavals of the late 1960s. Under the leadership of University President Martin Meyerson, a trained city planner, and Dean John Eberhard, an experimental prefab architect, the department established one of the first environmental design programs in the United States with the stated mission of creating students capable of “remaking the social landscape.” This publicly engaged model of practice has been institutionalized in the School of Architecture and Planning’s three continuing annual fellowships – the Will and Nan Clarkson Visiting Chair, the Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship, and the Jammal Fellow; and in the ongoing work of five research centers housed within the school, with topics ranging from inclusive design and regional planning, to global health equity and food systems planning, to advanced fabrication.

Today, the Department of Architecture offers a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a Master of Architecture, and a Master of Science in Architecture. The master’s programs are uniquely organized along five overlapping Graduate Research Groups: ecological practices, inclusive design, material culture, situated technologies, and urban design. While students may focus exclusively on any one of these concentrations, they often engage several areas of research during their studies, as well as enroll in dual-degree programs. The city of Buffalo constitutes a living laboratory for hands-on learning to reconstitute the built environment by engaging with a broad range of cultural and physical materials at a variety of scales, including partnerships with industry, community organizations, and government entities.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY

The University at Buffalo (UB) is the flagship of and largest campus in the SUNY system; it is the most comprehensive public research university in the northeastern United States; and it possesses the only public, nationally accredited architecture master’s programs in the state of New York. UB is also a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a ranking of the top 62 universities in the United States and Canada. The Department of Architecture excels in faculty research – frequently ranking in the top 10 nationally for book publications, awards, and grants – and alums exceed the national average in architecture registration exam pass rates.

UB also holds a strong international reputation, ranking 23rd in international student enrollment. As a public institution, UB also provides a top-tier education for students from diverse geographic, racial and ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. More than a third of undergraduates are Pell eligible (an indicator of financial need), the second-highest percentage among AAU institutions. Financial need is particularly high among minority students (about half of UB’s first-year students are non-white).

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are to submit the following:

  1. an application through the UB Jobs portal
  2. a current curriculum vitae
  3. a letter of interest that includes: (a) an overview of the candidate’s background and expertise, (b) an articulation of the candidate’s scholarly and/or creative interests and specialized skills, and (c) a brief description of the candidate’s teaching philosophy and experience
  4. a research statement and/or teaching statement that more comprehensively details the candidate’s trajectory of work in addressing the long-term consequences of systemic inequality in the discipline
  5. the names of three references

Candidates invited to the second phase of review will be asked to submit samples of scholarly, creative, and/or professional work and samples of teaching. The posting will remain open until filled. In order to be reviewed in the first round, applicants must submit materials by 30 September 2021. The selected candidate(s) will begin either January or August 2022.