Cornell University

Assistant/Associate Professor of History of Architecture and Urban Development with emphasis on the Environment


Position Details

The Department of Architecture at Cornell University invites applications for a nine-month, full time, tenure track position as assistant or associate professor whose research revolves around environmental, climate and sustainability issues as they pertain to the histories of architecture and urban development. Beginning July 1, 2024, this position will engage the urgent and critical questions around climate justice and sustainability that are crucial today, from both a humanistic and an interdisciplinary perspective. We welcome scholars whose works integrate comparative, critical aspects of history, and who have a commitment to collaborative pedagogies and practices.

The successful candidate will teach and advise Ph.D. students in the History of Architecture and Urban Development (HAUD) program, teach the history survey courses and specialized electives at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and may engage or teach design studios and advise design theses in the Department of Architecture. The HAUD program prepares students for a career in architectural history conceived as a broad, interdisciplinary, and evolving discipline with a diverse range of topics and methodologies. In keeping with the department’s dedication to interdisciplinary work, as well as the critical understanding of global history, it is expected that the new faculty member will teach an array of courses at various levels in the Department of Architecture. In addition to teaching and research scholarship/creative practice, responsibilities also include curriculum development, advising, and service.

Required Application Materials

All applicants should submit a one-page statement of intent, curriculum vitae and writing samples and/or portfolio, a proposed survey syllabus (Ancient to Modern Global Architecture) and a proposed seminar course syllabus, a list of three references, and a statement on diversity and inclusion (maximum of one page) that outlines your past, present, and/or future aspirations to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity in your career as an architect, historian and educator, and/or convey how you see these commitments materializing as a faculty member at Cornell. Visit this website for more information on our required statement on contributions to diversity:

All applicants should submit these materials using the university’s online application tool at Please note that any hardcopy materials sent in will not be returned.


  • Salary Range – $87,000 – $99,000 based on the selected candidate’s qualifications.
  • Generous benefits package including healthcare (Endowed Employee Healthcare Information). Cornell has been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
  • Research funds held in a department account and used within University policy and guidelines.

The department will begin review of applications on February 20th.

Department Details

Situated within a world-class research university, the Department of Architecture is home to two top-ranked, internationally renowned professional degree programs (B.Arch. and M.Arch.), as well as research-focused and post-professional master’s degrees in Advanced Architectural Design (M.S. AAD), Advanced Urban Design (M.S. AUD), and a Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urban Development (HAUD). The approximately 425 students in the department come from across the country and around the world, creating a remarkably diverse and intellectually stimulating academic environment. The department currently has 25 tenured/tenure-track/professor of the practice faculty with roughly an equal number of visiting faculty from emerging and/or established practices, or who are internationally distinguished scholars in the field.

The department’s center of operations is in Ithaca, New York, where the resources and opportunities for innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations across both the college and the university are extensive. Physical facilities for Architecture are contained within three interconnected buildings situated on the campus\’s Arts Quad: historic Sibley Hall, the OMA-designed Milstein Hall, and the recently renovated Rand Hall, which holds the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library and state-of-the-art Material Practices workshop facilities.

The department also has fully integrated academic programs with facilities in New York City and Rome. In New York, interactions with Cornell Tech master\’s degree programs are growing quickly, and our extensive alumni connections in the city also greatly enrich the academic program. The reach and engagement of the department\’s students, faculty, academic programs, research initiatives, and alumni connections alike go well beyond New York City and Rome, and every semester there are strategic engagement initiatives in various locations and cultural contexts around the globe.

About the College

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University (Cornell AAP) is home to nearly 1000 students, 120 faculty, and 65 staff members who come together from around the world to take up some of today’s most urgent challenges and advance research, inquiry, and design to build a more just and sustainable future.

A vital college at one of the nation’s foremost research universities, Cornell AAP bridges fields and faculty with five departments, 20 degree programs, 18 faculty-led labs, and the Cornell Mui Ho Center for Cities, a platform for building partnerships that make a positive impact in our cities and communities nationally and internationally.

Cornell AAP\’s departments include Architecture, Art, and Planning, as well as the new multicollege Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate, jointly led by the S.C. Johnson College of Business, and the multicollege Department of Design Tech, administered by Cornell AAP in partnership with Cornell Bowers CIS, Cornell Engineering, the Cornell Human Ecology, and Cornell Tech. The college is housed across three locations (Ithaca, New York; New York City; and Rome, Italy), each offering world-class facilities and cutting-edge technologies.

Cornell AAP is about acts of transformation. We are committed to building a caring, inclusive, and rigorous community around our shared priorities — Creative + Critical Practices, Sustainability + Social Impact, Design + Emerging Technologies, and the Future of Cities + Development — that enable us to reimagine and reshape the world in radically new ways, every day.

Visit these websites to learn more about Cornell University; the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, the Department of Architecture and its students, alumni, and faculty.