Iowa State University

Assistant/Associate Professor in Architecture & Design & Digital Cultures

The Department of Architecture in the College of Design at Iowa State University is seeking applicants for a full-time tenure-eligible faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Architecture. The successful Architecture, Design, and Digital Cultures candidate will join a community of progressive and globally engaged educators, practitioners, and researchers at a leading public land-grant institution.  (

The Department of Architecture is committed to well-articulated and critical design pedagogies and practices. The successful candidate will contribute to these pedagogies and practices by teaching design studios at the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as lectures and/or seminars related to their scholarly areas of expertise. There are also opportunities to organize domestic and international travel with students and to teach interdisciplinary courses that engage students and faculty in other departments in the College of Design and across campus. Areas of scholarly focus might include: design representation; digital design pedagogies; data visualization; critical inquiry into digital cultures; extended reality (XR); spatial vision; modeling, simulation, and data analytics for design; and digital humanities. In order to address some of the pressing challenges of architectural education and practice, the search committee is particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates engaging with historically disenfranchised positions and communities.

Iowa State University is a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive University that is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue an active scholarly agenda through research and/or creative practice. The university provides support and infrastructure for open-access publishing, grant writing, digital repositories, and data storage. The successful candidate may choose to affiliate with an interdisciplinary research center for additional resources, such as the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC), GIS Support and Research Facility, and the Center for Building Energy Research (CBER). Faculty can also supervise Ph.D. students through the interdisciplinary Human Computer Interaction (HCI) graduate program.

Required Qualifications

Candidates should hold a terminal degree at a Masters or Ph.D. level, or its equivalent, in Architecture or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

– Relevant experience as a designer in any or several modes within a broad range of architectural practices.

– Studio teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate university level.

– Track record of impactful dissemination of work by means of peer-reviewed and peer-validated methods such as publications, exhibitions, conferences, symposia, data sets, software applications, and online platforms.

– Architecture licensure in the US or abroad.

Application Instructions

Applications received by January 6, 2023 are guaranteed to be given consideration.

To apply for this position, submit materials through:

  1. Letter of Interest;
  2. Current curriculum vitae;
  3. Contact information for three references;
  4. Statement on approach to scholarship and teaching (pdf, no more than 5 pages).
  5. A portfolio/dossier of work related to architecture, design, and digital cultures from teaching, creative practice, and/or research (pdf, no more than 25 pages, max 15 MB).

Search Committee:

Kimberly Zarecor, Professor (Committee Chair), Douglas Spencer, Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture & Director of Graduate Education, Cruz Garcia, Associate Professor and Design for Critical Futures in Architecture: Activism Fellow; Andrew Gleeson, Associate Teaching Professor of Architecture